NCIS: Positive Changes in the Hands of New Producers
NCIS: Positive Changes in the Hands of New Producers
Kris De Leon
Kris De Leon
Staff Writer, BuddyTV
As NCIS heads to a new season, the cast and crew of the CBS series will be facing a fresh chapter without the presence of show creator and executive producer Don Bellisario, who fueled the series through its first four seasons.  Now, the show is left in the hands of longtime co-executive producer Chas Floyd Johnson and former head writer Shane Brennan, who now both serve as executive producers.

Nevertheless, the departure of Bellisario, who was reported to have a penchant for micromanaging and delivering late scripts, marks the end of turmoil and the beginning of a new sense of tranquility and relief.

“It's very calm here," Mark Harmon, who plays Leroy Jethro Gibbs, told TV Guide.  “Right now we're averaging 12-hour days, and we have scripts, and people are organized.  We used to average 16-hour days.  Not that anyone's complaining about that.  But having scripts is important on any show.  If you don't have them, then the carpenters can't build the sets…So far, so good."

His sentiments are shared by most of the cast and crew of NCIS, including David McCallum, the 73-year-old prolific Scottish actor who plays medical examiner Donald "Ducky" Mallard.

"This season feels different because, as you know, there's been a change of administration.  And I think it's been a healthy one," McCallum told TV Guide.

"Things are terrific [this season]," McCallum added.  "We started at 7:30 this morning.  Last year, we would have started at 7:30 tonight.  There was always a certain degree of chaos, but it's all gone now."

Meanwhile, new producer Brennan has something to reveal about NCIS season 5, which is scheduled to premiere on September 25.

“One of our big stars is in very serious danger.  There's a major explosion and someone is killed. It's pretty shocking,” Brennan hinted.  “Our 100th episode comes this season, and…it'll be a fairly emotional episode.”

-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: TV Guide
(Image courtesy of CBS)