'NCIS' Star Weighs in on Writers' Strike
'NCIS' Star Weighs in on Writers' Strike
The WGA strike has put actors and crew members alike out of work, and it seems NCIS star David McCallum isn't happy about it all.

"I've always thought of strikes as ‘unproductive.'  I've never known a strike yet where people really gain what they lose," McCallum told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Tim Cuprisin, eager to end his unexpected break from NCIS, where he appears as Chief Medical Examiner Ducky Mallard.  “I think what's happening now is quite apart from the writers, the number of people who have been put out of work in the industry is a vast number.”

McCallum also doesn't see the need for the strike, as he feels the issues can be resolved without taking to the streets and picketing.

“My logic says that at one point, these people will get together and at some point they will resolve this.. it could be 3 months or 6 months from now… why, if its going to be resolved, why couldn't it have been resolved without a strike?,” he posed.  “Why is it necessary to have such a disruptive and devastating thing for people?  It seems almost childish… because I assume these are rational people.  Why can't they do it without the strike?”

As it stands now, only one new episode of NCIS remains.  The episode, called "Tribes," is scheduled to air on Tuesday, January 15, after which fans of the series will have to turn to other media to catch their favorite show stars.

One way viewers can keep watching David McCallum on the small screen is by availing of the special Man from U.N.C.L.E. 41-DVD collection from Time-Life.  Man from U.N.C.L.E. was the 1960s NBC spy series that made McCallum a star in America.

"Doing a television series in those days, it was nine months, I think, we shot it.  We worked from dawn to dusk.  On weekends you did publicity," he said.  "We weren't workaholics or anything, it was just the workload."

-Lisa Claustro, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: Milwaukee-Journal Sentinel
(Image Courtesy of CBS)