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admin / March 24th, 2022   Articles,Casting News

Chris O’Donnell was on set at “NCIS: Los Angeles,” checking his emails, when co-star LL Cool J started looking over his shoulder. O’Donnell happened to be reading about a reality TV idea that his buddy Reinout Oerlemans had just pitched.

The concept is what would become “Come Dance With Me,” a new family-oriented dance competition that premieres April 15 on CBS. But at that moment, O’Donnell wasn’t quite sure he was up for working on a competition show.

“[LL] says, ‘What are you looking at?’” O’Donnell recalled. “I told him it was my friend’s idea for a new show. He goes, ‘I think that thing’s hot! You should do it. This is up your alley.’ And then he was like, ‘I’ll do it if you do it!’”

O’Donnell replied to Oerlemans: “So good news, not only will I do it, but my buddy Todd will do it too!”

That’s the quick explainer on how the two stars of “NCIS: LA” wound up partnering with 3 Ball Productions to create “Come Dance With Me,” which follows talented young dancers who partner with an untrained family member to perform together and compete for a prize.

Teams will learn different dance routines, including hip hop, ballroom, contemporary and theatrical, and receive scores from the judges that determine whether they’ll continue. Each episode ends with the two lowest-scoring teams in a freestyle dance-off, with one of those two groups eliminated. Parents partnering with their dance kids include a preschool teacher, a doctor, a social worker, an engineer… and the drummer for Limp Bizkit.

“I liked the idea of families getting together and the music,” LL Cool J said. “This idea of kids getting with the parent, the adult in their life who’s meaningful to them, and going on a show and having their dreams come true — especially with what we’ve been going through over these past couple of years.”

O’Donnell noted that the rise of TikTok dance challenges, especially with families during COVID, is an advantage to next month’s “Come Dance With Me” launch.

“Watching my daughter teach my sons how to do these TikTok dances, things just kind of lined up to where the moment was right for something like this,” he said. “And when you bring in the emotional element of these kids, who are all trained dancers, bringing in someone in their life with a meaningful relationship, who may not be experienced, it’s not just about the dancing. It’s more about the personal journey that these people have been on.”

“Come Dance With Me” adds another layer of a partnership between LL Cool J and O’Donnell that has now spanned 13 years — back to the launch of “NCIS: Los Angeles” in 2009.

“Every day, even though there are directors and people around, he and I always have a separate conversation between the two of us that only the two of us are privy to,” O’Donnell said. “Whether it be about the actual scene we’re working on, or stuff that’s coming down the pike or our careers in general and personal life. I feel like we’ve been in production on our lives for the past 13 years. And this is just another big conversation topic that we’re going through. There’s a shorthand that has evolved over 13 years and a trust, which goes a long way.”

LL Cool J isn’t a stranger to reality competitions, having hosted “Lip Sync Battle.” And O’Donnell is a fan of dancing competitions dating back to 1980s syndicated classic “Dance Fever.”

“I grew up on it,” he said. “It was like, 5:30 on Saturday nights. You’d come home and Deney Terrio would be on.” O’Donnell said he admired how the show’s judges would still find a way to compliment poor dancers before giving them a low score: “They’d say, ‘I wish I had that much confidence when I dance. And I love your costumes.’ And then give them a 58. It was great.”

Grammy-winning songwriter Philip Lawrence hosts “Come Dance with Me,” which features judges including dancer/actor Jenna Dewan, dancer Dexter Mayfield and hip-hop choreographer Tricia Miranda. LL Cool J and O’Donnell will stay behind the scenes for Season 1.

“Honestly, it’s not always about us in front of the camera,” LL Cool J said. “I think it’s cool to just create something and put something out there for people to enjoy. I don’t always have to be in front of the camera for it to be successful or for it to be meaningful to me. So I’m good with a background role in this one.”

It also was a logistical issue: Don’t forget, LL Cool J and O’Donnell still have their “NCIS: LA” day jobs. “We weren’t able to go even if we wanted to be on camera, because of all the quarantines,” O’Donnell said. “If the show continues to go and the audience receives it, maybe you’ll see us at some point. But for right now, we’re excited about what we’ve done. And looking forward to audiences getting to take a peek at it. We all know what a crapshoot these things are. The best intentions, the best product, that doesn’t always mean eyeballs are going to tune in. We both have been around the block long enough to realize that, and when something works, it’s very fortunate. We feel like we’ve put out a good product, we hope people tune in, I think families are going to really enjoy it.”

O’Donnell and LL Cool J are creators and executive producers of “Come Dance with Me,” along with 3 Ball Productions, part of 3BMG, in association with CBS Studios. Oerlemans, Ross Weintraub and Jeff Altrock are EPs for 3 Ball; Jeff Thacker, Nick Florez and RJ Durell also are executive producers.

But just because they’re now reality dancing TV producers doesn’t mean LL Cool J or O’Donnell have any plans to try out their stuff on “Dancing With the Stars.”

“My moves are pretty limited,” said O’Donnell. “I think I peaked in about eighth grade.” Added LL Cool J: “That might not go right for me. That could be a bad look for me, if I don’t have a mic in my hand, and I’m not rapping a song. I don’t know if you want to see me on ‘Dancing With the Stars.’ But you never know, right?”

admin / February 23rd, 2022   Cast News,Casting News,Uncategorized

CBS has set an April premiere date for Come Dance With Me, the new family dance competition series from NCIS: Los Angeles stars Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J. The series will debut Friday, April 15 at 8 PM, succeeding Undercover Boss in the timeslot. It also will be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.

Created and executive produced by O’Donnell and LL Cool J, Come Dance With Me features exceptionally talented young dancers from across the country who invite one untrained family member who has supported their dance dreams to be their partner, for a chance to strut their stuff for a grand prize. Each week, the kids will share their love of dance with their mother, father, grandparent or other hero on an uplifting and emotional journey to learn and perform challenging routines, with the assistance of professional choreographers, in a competition with other duos.

Grammy-winning songwriter Philip Lawrence hosts the series, which features music from popular artists across all genres. Judges include dancer and actress Jenna Dewan, pro celebrity dancer Dexter Mayfield and hip hop choreographer Tricia Miranda.

Come Dance With Me is produced by CBS Studios and 3 Ball Productions, part of 3BMG. In addition to LL Cool J and O’Donnell, executive producers for 3 Ball are Reinout Oerlemans, Ross Weintraub and Jeff Altrock. Jeff Thacker, Nick Florez and RJ Durell also are executive producers.


admin / March 6th, 2017   Casting News,News,Release,Spoilers


Scott Grimes Guest Stars as Digital Forensics Specialist Dave Flynn, and Bar Paly Returns as Anna Kolcheck

“Getaway” – After the U.S. Treasury Department is hacked, Nell and Eric go undercover inside a couple’s retreat to track a tech-savvy husband and wife linked to the crime. Also, Digital Forensics Specialist Dave Flynn (Scott Grimes) arrives from the NCIS cyber office in San Diego to run ops while Eric and Nell are on assignment, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Sunday, March 19 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Bar Paly Returns as Anna Kolcheck.

CHEAT TWEET: Nell & Eric are undercover at a #couplesretreat + @ScottGrimes & @BarPaly Guest Star @NCISLA 3/19 8 PM #CBS

admin / March 3rd, 2015   Articles,Casting News,News,Spoilers

Onetime Jericho resident Alicia Coppola is heading back to NCIS: Los Angeles, to reprise her role as FBI Agent Lisa Rand, TVLine has learned exclusively.

Coppola first played Rand in the Season 2 episode “Little Angels,” in which the teenage daughter of a U.S. Navy Commander was kidnapped by what appeared to be a serial killer.

Her encore on the CBS drama will air sometime this spring.

Coppola’s other previous TV credits include NCIS and its sire JAG (as Lt. Cmdr. Faith Coleman), as well as American Dreams, The Nine Lives of Chloe King, Common Law and, most recently, episodes of Criminal Minds and Sons of Anarchy.

NCIS: Los Angeles resumes its sixth season on Monday at 10/9c.


admin / November 11th, 2014   Articles,Casting News,News,Sneak Peek,Spoilers

Question: OK, so, I’m in desperate need of NCIS: LA scoop. —Leah
The show’s Christmas episode — titled “Humbug” — will introduce us to Sam’s teenage son Isaac. Described as all-American and physically fit (chip off the old block!), Isaac is home for the holidays (on break from the military school he’s attending). Casting is underway!


admin / October 7th, 2014   Articles,Casting News,News,Sneak Peek,Spoilers,Stills


NCIS: Los Angeles’ Hetty is going to lend the Scorpion guys a hand later this month, and EW has the exclusive first look.

Walter O’Brien (Elyes Gabel) and his team will enlist Linda Hunt’s NCIS: LA character when a lead on an upcoming case tracking down a priceless painting takes them to a Halloween party and they need her expertise to go undercover and infiltrate the event. The crossover episode of Scorpion is slated to air in late October around the spooky holiday.


Scorpion airs Mondays at 9 p.m., followed by NCIS: LA at 10 p.m. on CBS.


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