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I am assuming work on Season 14 of ‘NCIS’ will start soon and the show will definitely have a new feel to it as moves on from the departure of Michael Weatherly and the beloved character Tony DiNozzo.
Entertainment Weekly reported Monday (July 11) that Jennifer Esposito (“Spin City”, “Blue Bloods”) joins the cast as Alexandra “Alex” Quinn. Quinn is a veteran agent that now teaches. Gibbs (Mark Harmon) convinces her to return to the field.
Also Monday, Entertainment Weekly posted that Duane Henry was promoted to series regular as MI6 officer Clayton Reeves. He was fun to watch as Season 13 wrapped up this spring.
Those two cast announcements come on the heels of Wilmer Valderrama joining the show in a role that is 180 degrees from being Fez on “That ’70s Show.” He plays an NCIS field agent that went on a deep cover assignment and never resurfaced.
I see a lot of potential storylines here with the new characters. This is just pure speculation, but I don’t think Gibbs will be able to corral the new characters as easily as those that came before them. He will eventually and still be undisputed king of the squad room and “NCIS” will get the bad guys, but he will reach for the aspirin a few times.
And it’s not like ‘NCIS” will be without familiar faces. Pauley Perrette, Sean Murray, David McCallum, Emily Wickersham, Rocky Carroll and Brian Dietzen all return for Season 14.
That season starts Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. CDT on CBS.

HORSE OPERAS: I always like a good western movie and Turner Classic Movies has two of Jimmy Stewart’s best tonight (Tuesday, July 12). At 7 p.m. CDT, there’s “The Naked Spur” from 1953. You think Stewart was Mr. Nice Guy in all his movies? Guess again. He is a real bad a** bounty hunter in this one. At 9, there’s “The Man From Laramie” that came out two years later. Stewart’s character gets caught in the middle between rival sons of an aging rancher.

UNTIL NEXT TIME. . .

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