'NCIS' Season 5 Premieres Tonight
'NCIS' Season 5 Premieres Tonight
NCIS returns for its fifth season tonight on CBS.  According to the network, the team will uncover a secret as their mission to capture French arms dealer La Grenouille comes to an explosive and deadly conclusion.

Tonight's episode, entitled "Bury Your Dead," will host a number of guest stars, including Scottie Thompson, Brian Dietzen, Armand Assante, Webster Williams, David Dayan Fisher and Mesrop Agjanyan.  Thompson will reprise her role as Doctor Jeanne Benoit, while Assante will return as the elusive La Grenouille.  Brian Dietzen returns as medical assistant Jimmy Palmer.

NCIS, a spin-off of the CBS drama JAG, follows a team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service of the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps.  Supervisory Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) leads the team.  Other cast members include Michael Weatherly as Senior Special Agent Tony DiNozzo, Cote de Pablo as Mossad Liason Officer Ziva David, Lauren Holly as Director Jenny Shepherd, Pauley Perrette as Forensic Specialist Abby Sciuto, David McCallum as Dr. Ducky Mallard and Sean Murray as Junior Special Agent Tim McGee.

NCIS debuted on CBS in September 2003.  In the fourth and previous season finale, it was revealed that Jeanne, who is romantically involved with Tony, is actually the daughter of La Grenouille.  Whether or not this is the secret that will be unveiled in the fifth season premiere is still uncertain, and fans will just have to tune in tonight to find out.

In talking about the new season, McCallum said, “This season feels different because, as you know, there's been a change of administration.  And I think it's been a healthy one.”  The change he is referring to is the departure of series creator and executive producer Don Bellisario, who steered NCIS' first four runs.

McCallum added, "Things are terrific [this season].  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."

NCIS' new season also contains the show's 100th episode, which Perrette described as a “kind of a spooky Scooby-Doo-type show, where things creak and there may or may not be a ghost ship.”

The fifth season premiere of NCIS airs tonight at 8pm.

-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist

Source: CBS, TV Guide, tvrage.com
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