Exclusive: Fresh 'NCIS' spin-off intel

Markharmon_lYou know how much you guys have been hounding me for scoop on the NCIS spin-off ever since I broke the story that there was going to be one? Well, that’s almost as much as I’ve been hounding my moles. And since the start of shooting on the pilot is just around the corner (late February), all of our hounding is finally paying off. Please allow me to introduce the proposed series’ main characters:

•    Callen is an average Joe in his 30s… or so he’d have you believe. In reality, he’s a human Transformer who can change personas as easily as you or I change clothes.

•    Clara Macy is a tough former MP in her early 40s whose tender side shows in the way she plays mother hen to her colleagues.

•    Nate "Doc" Getz, 30, is an operational psychologist who, underneath his razor-sharp wit, is as soft-hearted as they come.

•    Kensi Lo is a twentysomething Asian-American whose academic record in forensics and criminology got her recruited young by the Feds.

•    Sam Hanna, an African American (or Middle Eastern — depends on the actor) ex-Navy SEAL, is in his 40s and the team’s only married member. So, between that and his stints in Afghanistan and Iraq, you just KNOW he can handle himself in combat.

•    Dominic Vaile is a thirtysomething surveillance expert who’s still experiencing separation anxiety in the wake of his exit from the Navy.

So, all you armchair casting directors, who would you put in these roles? I’ll get you started. For Callen — what sounds like the part of a lifetime — I’m feeling the soon-to-be-unemployed Lee Pace (Pushing Daisies). Your turn. Have at it. (Additional reporting by Andy Patrick)

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  • Donnie

    Lee Pace deserves better. He must be in a show that I would like to watch and honestly a NCIS-spin off doesn’t intrigue me at all.

  • Diane

    Alexis Denisof as Dominic Vaile. He’s a graduate of the Joss Whedon school of acting and does nervous energy very well.

  • Sean

    Anyone else thinking Gilmore Girl alum Keiko Agena (Lane) for the role of Kensi?

  • Melissa

    Callen sounds like a great role for Lee Pace, but also great for it would be James Marsters.
    Clara Macy – I’d love to see Maria Bello in that!
    Nate “Doc” Getz, other than being older than the stated 30, would be a perfect role for Ben Browder
    , is an operational psychologist who, underneath his razor-sharp wit, is as soft-hearted as they come.
    Kensi Lo – Keiko Agena!!!
    Sam Hanna – DB Woodside would be perfect!
    Dominic Vaile – Josh Charles (where has he been since Sports Night?)

  • Michelle

    So does this mean that the “Ducky going to the spin off” idea was kaboshed? They do have their own pathologist after all.

  • Tony

    Does anyone really watch NCIS? I know it’s ratings are great but I’ve never met ANYONE who watches this. I talk to a lot of people about TV too. It just seems weird how high it’s ratings are for having such little buzz. I believe CBS needs to work on getting younger viewers rather than spin off’s of shows that already skew too old.

  • ynot

    A TRANSFORMER!!!! When did NCIS become a sci-fi show?
    This is no spin-off — it’s a bad idea from another universe

  • Comments

    To TONY: Obviously NCIS has a lot of viewers since it’s one of the top rated shows week after week.
    To DIANE: Excellent idea! Getting Alexis Denisof back on Tv would be worth making an NCIS spin-off.

  • mtee

    Hey Tony — I watch NCIS. I have disposable income and am tired of being pushed aside for those “glorious’ younger demographics.
    Seems like CBS is doing ok — They have The Mentalist, NCIS and The Big Bang Theory. You go watch your Gossip Girls, Grays Anatomy and all those other shows – I’m quite happy with NCIS.

  • Ace

    Tony — You must not know many people over 45 b/c I think that is this show’s target ;-). That said I am far below that target and find it entertaining. I can’t say I’ve ever watched a first run, but I have caught repeats during the summer and reruns on USA.

  • rachelelisabeth

    Okay so Joss Whedon comes up with Dollhouse and suddenly there are ninety-million other ideas being formed that are similiar and we don’t even know if it will work yet?
    Unless Callen is more like Jared from The Pretender?
    Sigh.

  • MJ

    I’m with you ynot – this sounds nothing like an NCIS spin-off ! Transformer indeed.

  • Samantha

    I’m think how about Larry Sullivan for either Callen or “Doc”? I know he’s actually already been on NCIS as a surgeon in “High Seas”, but that was way back when we still had Kate. He’s also been on Criminal Minds and something like 18 episodes of CSI. ALSO Mark Pellegrino would make a GREAT “Doc”.
    I think Rory Cochrane of ex-CSI: Miami fame would make a great Dominic. Rumor is he has been looking for work….
    Esther Chae for the part of Kensi Lo. She’s been on a few Law & Order: CI’s and Die Hard NCISers will notice that she was one in “Light Sleeper” with a sleeper role.
    Clara Macy..hmm…Sohia Myles or Shannyn Sossamon who have been out of a job since Moonlight disappeared..or maybe Courtney Ford? She’s a little young..but who cares? She was great on Criminal Minds as Austin, the bartender.
    Sam Hanna: Anthony Azizi, Ammar Daraiseh, Keith Burke…I could keep listing, but I won’t bore you.

  • Shannon

    I watch NCIS with my Mother and she is 54 and I am 26, so I do not think that NCIS is skewed to the old because it is a good show that anybody of any age could watch. Although, I am not sure about the spin-off

  • Ace

    I just wanted to point out that by Transformer I think they mean someone who is good with disguises, not the crazy robots from the future…
    Also, Keiko Agena would be a great addition to any show.

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