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Chris O'Donnell previews his 'NCIS: LA' directorial debut

Why did Chris O’Donnell take the NCIS: LA cast and crew to a Russian bathhouse?

For starters, it was for work — not leisure. And in fact, the trip to the bathhouse was part of some of the hardest days O’Donnell has ever put in during his time at NCIS: LA.

Tonight’s episode, titled “Wanted,” marks O’Donnell’s directorial debut, and the episode took the actor/director and the show’s hardworking crew to a number of “fun” locations — Russian bathhouse included. “It was fun to have some input on the locations and where we shot,” O’Donnell tells EW. “We scouted several [bathhouses]; there some locations I just couldn’t put the crew through. There are some pretty shady bathhouses in Los Angeles.”

It all worked out in the end, though, and the result is an intense Sam-centric episode that revisits one of the season’s major arcs. O’Donnell expands in our on-camera interview, which you can watch below.

John Corbett to star in 'NCIS: LA' spinoff

John Corbett is the new NCIS franchise star.

The United States of Tara actor has landed a lead role in CBS’ NCIS: LA spinoff. He’ll play one of a small mobile team of “Red Team” agents who are forced to live and work together as they crisscross the country solving crimes.

Corbett will play Roy Quaid, a former NCIS Special Agent forced to retire from active service, Roy now works as an Analyst. While no longer an active agent, Roy is the most experienced investigator working for Red Team, a fact that’s not lost on any of the other agents.

The pilot episode will air as a special NCIS: LA episode later this season (yes, it’s a spinoff of a spinoff of a spinoff!). Corbett’s breakout role was on another CBS hit series, 1990’s Northern Exposure, and he recently had an arc on NBC’s Parenthood. He also starred in the 2003 FX series Lucky. If greenlit to series, this could practically give Corbett a TV gig for life given the durability of the hit franchise (but no pressure!).

What do you think? Does Corbett have what it takes to be the next Jethro Gibbs? Or at least the next Agent Callen?

'NCIS: LA' scoop: Peter Cambor to return -- EXCLUSIVE

Nate’s back!

EW has learned exclusively that Peter Cambor, who plays operational psychologist Nate Getz on NCIS: LA, is set to return as a guest star for a February episode that will take him undercover with Hetty (Linda Hunt).

“This episode is a must-see for fans of both Nate and Hetty,” executive producer Shane Brennan says. “Not only do we get to have Nate guest in the episode, but we get to see him go undercover with Hetty. It’s one of the most memorable, funny undercover operations we’ve done on the series.”

Cambor, who currently appears on the TBS series Wedding Band, was a series regular on NCIS: LA‘s first season and has appeared on the show a number of times since then as a guest star.

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'NCIS: LA' preview: Eric Christian Olsen and boss tease big 'reveal' in two-part episode

Deeks might find himself in the middle of a pretty hilarious situation in tonight’s episode of NCIS: LA. But for the team as a whole, the situation has never been more serious.

The episode finds Sam (LL Cool J) and Callen (Chris O’Donnell) investigating a possible conspiracy that led to the death of a CIA agent who once worked with Sam. In the process, much is unraveled about Sam’s so-far enigmatic past. “I don’t think we’ve ever revealed this much about an individual character in an episode before,” says executive producer Shane Brennan.

Meanwhile, Deeks (Olsen) must go undercover at a dog show to uncover further information about the case. “So, of course, the worst job in the world, they send Deeks to follow this lead and that means doing a dog show with a poodle,” jokes Olsen.

Light as the moment might be, however, it’s also incredibly necessary to the case, and keeping that in mind, Olsen says he never minds bringing lighter moments to otherwise intense episodes. “If it doesn’t serve purpose to the story or the larger picture, then there’s no weight to it. Deeks is forced to do something he doesn’t want to do, but it’s necessary to see whats going on behind the scenes [at the dog show]. And I think that’s where the comedy comes from — that kind of reluctance but knowing it’s part of his job.”

The end of the first episode will set up “the stakes” of what the team is facing, according to Brennan, and part two of the storyline, which is scheduled to air the following week, will deliver a “revelation that no one will see coming.” “It could be seen by some people at home as an uncomfortable episode to watch because of what Sam Hannah is involved in,” he warns.

But uncomfortable or not, Olsen says that’s the fun of the show. “The beauty about these characters is that as much as we think we know what they are, they have this whole life that we really don’t go into. When we do, so many more things make sense — like what makes this character tick and why they are the way they are.”

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But I’m not going to let pesky wind, rain, or Frankenstorms get in the way of giving you some scoop on your favorite shows. (It did, however, royally poop on some fun in-person chats I had set up. #NCIS #Revolution) However, we solider on.

Enjoy your offerings today. Make sure to keep sending questions to and if you’re in the path of the storm, be careful, friends.

I have been loving the flirting between Eric and Nell this season, it has been adorable to witness! Can we hope to see more of it this season and see that relationship continue?  — Cheryl

Remember the almost-kiss between Nell and Eric earlier this season? Remember how bummed you were that it didn’t happen? Well, be sad no longer: There’s a KISS COMING! “I won’t tell you which episode,” teases executive producer Shane Brennan. “But there is a kiss coming. It’s nerd love!” (Extra hints because I like you: It will air before December and they are NOT on a mission.)

Now, before Kensi and Deeks fans cry foul and claim they’ve been waiting for a love connection longer, Brennan is quick to point out that the two couples are on very different paths. “Nerds don’t hang around when it comes to love. They jump right in,” he jokes. “It certainly has developed. It’s an intellectual relationship that sometimes struggles to find its physicality, but that’s the nature of the characters. Whereas Kensi and Deeks there a playfulness and sexy tension.” Look for Nell and Eric to continue to sizzle this season, and, Brennan predicts, “If it’s a race to the end, I think they’re leading Kensi and Deeks.”

For much more on NCIS: LA, keep an eye out for my November sweeps preview tomorrow!


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Fall TV is coming! Fall TV is coming!

Sound the alarms. Set the DVRs. Alert your friends of impending hermit-dom. And send your spoiler q’s to Sandra: Or Tweet her @EWSandraG


The NCIS team has been through a lot of tough times together — but could the aftermath of last year’s finale explosion include some deep emotional and psychological consequences? That’s what one guest star will be tasked with finding out in the second episode of the upcoming tenth season. “A head-shrinker is coming to assess the mental status of our people,” star Michael Weatherly reveals. “And I don’t think anyone on this team should ever get looked at too closely by a psychiatrist.” READ FULL STORY

CBS shows cast Sarah Jones, Ken Leung, Michael Madsen, more

CBS confirmed a bunch of recent casting news at TCA press tour Sunday morning, with names such as Polly Walker (Rome), Michael Madsen (Resevoir Dogs), Ken Leung (Lost) and Sarah Jones (Alcatraz) joining the network’s shows in roles of varying length. Most of this has been previously reported here or there, but for those who aren’t TV casting news obsessives, you’ll probably find some surprises. Here’s the release: READ FULL STORY

'NCIS: LA' boss on the season finale and the event that could spell disaster for the team -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

NCIS: LA executive producer Shane Brennan promises an explosive season finale. Need proof? See the exclusive photo below.

“I’ve been doing this for 30 years and that explosion — in the world of blowing things up — is a triple A+,” he says. “And that explosion, that hasn’t been enhanced with any computer graphics at all, and when you see it on air, we have not touched it…. The audience, because they’ve gotten so used to seeing it on movies and in television, they often make the assumption that you’ve added some computer graphics — none. We have done nothing to it.”

In this two-hour season finale, Callen (Chris O’ Donnell) and the NCIS: LA team go toe-to-toe with their adversary, the Chameleon. And while in pursuit of a clue that will lead them to their bad guy, part of the team find themselves in a fiery situation at a warehouse, after their plan “goes a little south.” “Now, I’ll let you in on a secret: Kensi and Deeks and Sam go to the warehouse. Who’s in the photo?” Brennan teases. READ FULL STORY

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Happy Hunger Games! Or not.

But it certainly feels like a fight to the death as we slowly approach season-finale time. I know, it’s not even March yet. But behind the scenes, a few of your favorite shows have already closed out the year (Raising Hope, for one) and others are prepping for their final installments as we speak. What’s that mean for you? Stay tuned, because this is going to get fun.

In the mean time, there’s some great stuff coming up a little sooner than finales. So check out the scoop below and thanks as always for your thoughts, questions, theories, and general flattery. Not in on the fun? Get into it. Address is same: I’m also on Twitter. See you next week!


'NCIS: LA': Daniela Ruah talks Kensi-centric two-parter. Plus, an EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

Kensi Blye (Daniela Ruah) never believed her father’s death was an accident, and on tonight’s episode of NCIS: LA, the agent comes closer to the truth than ever before, but it could come at a big price: her freedom.

In tonight’s episode, after a former member of her father’s sniper unit is killed, Kensi becomes suspect No. 1 just as the pieces of Kensi’s solo investigation into the incident start coming together. “She’s just trying to hold it together and figure this out because she’s so close, so close, to finding the truth about her dad. And, if you can put yourself in those shoes, you know how despairing that is,” says Ruah.

The emotional predicament leaves Kensi showing colors the audience rarely sees from her and finding support from her fellow agents — particularly her partner Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen), who joined the show full time in season 2 and has since shared a will-they-won’t-they dynamic with Ruah’s character. READ FULL STORY

ABC's 'The River' has murky premiere ratings

This is a bummer: ABC’s promising thriller The River got off to a relatively modest start in the ratings Tuesday night.

The two-hour opener averaged 7.5 million viewers and a meh 2.4 rating in the adult demo, up 4 percent from the comparable debut of Off the Map last year. Moreover, the show lost a 10th of a rating point each half hour during its run. The news is a bit surprising considering how successful ABC has otherwise been at launching new shows this season, often delivering stronger premiere ratings than expected. This isn’t a lethal number, but I think most expected (and certainly hoped for) something bigger.

ABC also aired two episodes of Last Man Standing (7.9 million, 2.4), down slightly from a few weeks ago. The second half hour featured a guest appearance by Kim Kardashian (yes, I agree, but her episode did slightly better than the first).

So what did well last night? READ FULL STORY

Ratings: Great night for 'Glee' (congrats, Finnchel?)

An excruciating month (and then some) of reruns on Fox finally came to end on Tuesday, where originals of New Girl and Glee helped the network to win the night among adults 18-49.

Though it was even with its last original five weeks ago, Glee earned a 3.0 rating/8 share in the demo, the second-highest rated show of the night behind New Girl, which posted a 3.4/8 — up 3% from its last original. The latter show featuring Zooey Deschanel not only won its half hour with the key demo, but also ruled in adults 18-34 and teens. Then again, it helped tremendously that CBS aired repeats of NCIS and NCIS: LA — two shows that traditionally kick butt in their timeslots. But hey, let Finnchel have their moment in the sun! It was a big night for the teenage lovers. READ FULL STORY

'NCIS: LA': Eric and Nell get in on the action -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Eric (Barrett Foa) and Nell (Renée Felice Smith) rarely leave the confines of the OSP, but on tonight’s episode, they’re taking their skills to the streets. Specifically, to the airport.

In this exclusive clip, the pair poses as TAS (not TSA) Agents as they go undercover for a special case where NCIS: LA is supposed to be under the radar. The episode airs at 9 p.m. ET. READ FULL STORY


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