Perfect casting once again graces everyone’s favorite prime time television drama, “NCIS.” You already know the actress Sarah Clarke very well if you’re a fan of “Covert Affairs” where she played Lena Smith, or as Nina Myers on “24.” For the past year, Clarke has portrayed Eleanor Wish on “Bosch” if you are a fan of the new original Amazon series based on Michael Connelly’s series of novels. Michael Ausiello of TVLine scored the scoop on March 23.
“NCIS” fans will be delighted to welcome Clarke to the program as new FBI Special Agent Tess Monroe and she’s described as “a quick-witted, tough and shrewd agent who recently transferred to D.C. from New York City.” What’s so great about her? She’s a multiple divorcee, with no children, so she may be giving Gibbs a run for his money in the “who’s got the tougher shell” race.
Motivated by doing the right thing, Monroe’s character is determined to find justice and she’s hard-core, no nonsense. “NCIS” Executive Producer Gary Glasberg said, “I’ve been a fan of her’s (Clarke’s) going back to ‘24’ and more recently ‘Bosch’…gifted actress…total pro…” Fans will meet her in the last two episodes of this season and though producers are not guaranteeing she’s full time (she has an “option to return as a full-fledged regular in Season 14”), chances are good she’ll be a permanent fixture once fans watch sparks flying all over the place.
Change is good for actors lest they be typecast in roles that will forever prevent them from being taken seriously for other vehicles. Michael Weatherly picked the right time to leave “NCIS,” even if fans prefer him to remain forever. Last week TVLine also scooped the news that Weatherly is playing everyone’s favorite TV shrink, Dr. Phil (McGraw), in the CBS Drama pilot, “Bull,” based on the jury-picking consultancy that McGraw once ran. After Dr. Phil met Oprah he went to Hollywood, and the rest is history.
“NCIS” is not standing still or going backwards by any stretch of the imagination. Ausiello noted that there’s one more role to be cast, an MI-6 chap named “Clayton.” Stay tuned for more from the Navy Yard as fans have at least two more guaranteed seasons to follow their very favorite prime-time procedural starring Mark Harmon.
As long as Harmon is there as Leroy Jethro Gibbs, the show can cast anyone for anything and it will go on, and on, right into USA rerun world. This weekend you can watch USA’s “Elliethon,” on Saturday, featuring the episodes where Emily Wickersham was introduced into Gibbs’ team.
Long live the creation from the brilliant mind of Donald Bellisario. People may have forgotten that this iconic show was cocreated by Bellisario and Don McGill except when they see the credits. And yet, it was always all Bellisario’s DNA all over the success of the show, and was carried on successfully by Shane Brennan and later Gary Glasberg.
Brennan went on to found “NCIS:LA” that has a tremendous fanbase of its own, independent of the mother ship and the other spinoff “NCIS: New Orleans,” a project co-owned by Glasberg and Mark Harmon. Tune in to the end of Season 13 to see how DiNozzo leaves. That’s a Gibbs rule!