I was hoping for some NCIS: LA scoop. — Donald
Will a casting suffice? When the team investigates a shooting at a Department of Defense accounting firm, they’ll seek the assistance of Doug Ouellet (Intelligence alum John Billingsley), who is guilt-ridden that he’s one of the survivors, but he’ll do his best to keep his composure while helping the team determine whether hundreds of undercover missions have now been compromised.
Question: Could we please have some info about Kensi on NCIS: LA? Pretty please? —Abby
Ausiello: Hmm, how about an exclusive photo from the Season 6 premiere (airing Monday — remember, Monday, Sept. 29 at 10/9c)? What’s going on here, you ask? As show boss Shane Brennan told Matt Mitovich during our Fall Preview Q&A, “Talia (returning guest star Mercedes Masohn) poses some questions that make Kensi stop and think [about her Deeks situation]. She also gives Kensi some, let’s call it, ‘unasked-for advice.’”
WHEN CALLEN AND SAM ARE TRAPPED IN AN ARMED SUBMARINE WHICH TERRORISTS HAVE AIMED AT AN AIRCRAFT CARRIER IN SAN DIEGO, THE NCIS: LA TEAM MUST FIND THEM AND PREVENT THE ATTACK, ON THE SIXTH SEASON PREMIERE OF “NCIS: LOS ANGELES,” MONDAY, SEPT. 29
“Deep Trouble, Pt. II” – Callen and Sam are trapped in an armed submarine that terrorists have aimed to hit an aircraft carrier in San Diego. Meanwhile, Hetty defies orders and forgoes her trip to Washington, as the team tries to locate and save Callen and Sam and prevent the terrorist attack, on the sixth season premiere of NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Monday, Sept. 29 (9:59-11:00, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.
CHEAT TWEET: The #NCISLA team must locate Callen & Sam & prevent a terrorist attack on the Season 6 premiere 9/29 9:59pm #CBS
How long will Talia be sticking around on NCIS: LA? — Mary
Sorry, Densi ‘shippers: It doesn’t like Talia (Mercedes Masohn) is going anywhere soon. “We love this character,” executive producer Shane Brennan says. “Without a doubt we’ll be bringing her back.” But don’t expect Talia and Kensi to become BFFs anytime soon. “Let’s just say things become heated between [Talia] and Kensi when Talia gives her some unasked-for advice,” Brennan teases. “Her impact is both emotional and physical.” Can you say catfight?
CBS’ NCIS: Los Angeles kicks off its sixth season on Sept. 29 — now airing Mondays at 10/9c, opposite ABC’s stalwart Castle (which is coming off its most watched season ever) and NBC’s buzzy The Blacklist (aka last year’s No. 1 new drama).
It’s an unenviable position to be in, christening a brand-new home — a new night, at a later hour — and without your sire/TV’s most watched drama, NCIS, opening the night. (Instead, the freshman drama Scorpion will lead into NCIS: LA.) But the folks in LA have a plan.
“We are going to try to make the show as noisy as we possibly can,” showrunner Shane Brennan told TVLine during our Fall Preview Q&A.
Fortunately for NCIS: LA, Brennan says, “the writers, the cast and the crew have always operated at 100 percent. We’ve never backed off on anything, and we’re not backing off now in any way.” So the idea is to take what already works and kick it up a notch when possible.
“Will we have some more-familiar guest casting? Possibly,” Brennan allows. “We also hope to be able to make those great action sequences that we do so well even more intense.” (There may even be some decidedly “mature” romantic fare on tap. “If you like Kensi and Deeks and you are intrigued by Talia, you are in for a kind of full-on moment” in the premiere, the show boss teases.)
But in terms of the NCIS: LA that has thrived for five seasons, “We won’t disappoint the fans by changing it dramatically to fit the time slot,” he makes clear. “They’re going to be relieved to know that it’s the same show that they love.”
As for the procedural’s potential audience of newcomers, Brennan believes that “anyone who has the habit of watching CBS at 10 o’clock on a Monday night will be rewarded with a really intriguing show. I think we can cater to new fans because of what we’ve been doing that kept the old fans happy for five seasons.”
Question: Would love some NCIS: LA scoop, please — anything Hetty-related would be fantastic. —Michelle
Ausiello: Lest you suspect that the Hetty cliffhanger will neatly/quickly resolve itself as previous ones have, as Season 6 opens, “We actually see Hetty reach a point where she cannot resolve the situation herself,” showrunner Shane Brennan told Matt Mitovich. “She hits a wall, where she can’t do any more than what she’s done.” [Cue a rather unexpected savior.] Unrelated bonus scoop: Early on in Season 6, Rocky Carroll will cross over from NCIS to appear as Vance in “more than one” LA episode.