Insights from the PaleyFest NCIS: Los Angeles Fall Premiere

HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 12: Actors Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies and executive producer Ronald D. Moore attend The Paley Center for Media's 32nd Annual PALEYFEST LA "Outlander" at Dolby Theatre on March 12, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

By Kelly Jo Brick

To celebrate the arrival of the fall TV season, the Paley Center for Media held its annual PaleyFest, featuring premieres and panels highlighting several new shows as well as some returning favorites, including a special evening with the cast and creative team of NCIS: Los Angeles sharing their experiences and reflections as they begin their 7th season.

When did Executive Producer Shane Brennan know this cast would work for the show? “I knew, to be honest, the very first scene that we shot, James Whitmore was directing it. It was the first scene we shot when we were making the imbedded pilot on NCIS and the very first scene we shot was Chris and LL Cool J together and the director and I stood in video village and we watched these two guys appear on screen and we thought, is there going to be chemistry? And it was there. At that point we knew we had it, because that’s the thing.” read article

Donald Bellisario Talks About Donald Bellisario

donald_bellisarioHey, c’mon, that’s what successful writers do.

And, man is Bellisario ever successful. We’re talking about the creator-writer-producer of NCIS, JAG, MAGNUM P.I., AIRWOLF, BLACK SHEEP SQUADRON, QUANTUM LEAP. All that good stuff.

This interview isn’t new. It was recorded several years ago as part of the TV Academy’s “Archive of American Television.” But everything Bellisario says about TV writing and the TV biz is as valid as it ever was. read article

Why Do Audiences Hate Scripted TV?

This really is something to worry about:

ncis with exwife

Ever wonder how to plagiarize without being called on it? The technique goes something like this: read article

munchman Sees NCIS

The Good:

Last week’s was the best episode in the run of the series. read article

NCIS Marathon on USA Network Sunday

…And we’re going to watch. Because, hell, man, it’s Gibbs. And his mother hunchin’ rules!

The only thing better than watching Leroy Jethro Gibbs use his inhumanly astounding sniper skills is listening to him spout his life rules. Which often comes just before he amazes us with the aforementioned sniper skills. Fortunately for NCIS fans, somebody with some power at USA  realizes this, resulting in a: read article