NCIS Sneak Peek: The Full Monte

Boo! A Halloween greeting or a phrase that connotes displeasure? Things are not always what they seem.

In three-card-monte and shell games, a con man fools his mark with misdirection. The swindler shuffles three cards or shells around quickly and, either by technique or sleight-of-hand, the cheater confuses the victim with multiple options and falsely directs his focus, thus winning the game and taking the dupe’s money.

On tonight’s early Halloween show, a similar situation occurs on NCIS’s “Shell Game,” when a kidnapped petty officer escapes her captor. As NCIS investigates the abduction, the team uncovers a connection to the petty officer’s missing husband.

Like peeking into the bag after saying “Trick or Treat,” there is that moment of curiosity as to what is inside…a yummy treat…or an unappetizing trick. So goes the same with tonight’s evidence. The options…

Is the situation an obvious kidnapping, or is the petty officer involved in something more nefarious, such as the disappearance of her husband?

Is her husband behind the misdirection to put blame on his wife or to cover his tracks in a criminal plan?

Or is there a third unseen “trick,” like in the shell game, and is someone behind the scenes, driving the outcome? Is something hidden in plain sight?

One thing is certain…whatever the dynamic, Gibbs (Mark Harmon) is not likely to be tricked when Navy Petty Officer First Class Kelly Ristow (guest star Emily Alabi) collapses into his arms if she, indeed, is up to something “scary.”

And what is up with the oddly-talkative TSA Agent Gregg Rogers (guest star Nick Puga)?

On a more colorful note, Abby (Pauley Perrette) knits gifts for the new team members. Wonder how Torres (Wilmer Valderrama) will look in bright cobalt blue…

Tony Gonzalez, former NFL player and studio analyst for “The NFL Today” on CBS returns as NCIS Special Agent Tony Francis.

Guest starring in tonight’s episode are Paul Schackman, Richard Fancy, Andrew Hawkes, Eric Petersen, Mariana Da Silva, Josh Latzer and Jonathan Del Arco (THE CLOSER and MAJOR CRIMES). “Shell Game” was written by Brendan Fehily and directed by Thomas J. Wright.

NCIS airs tonight (October 25) at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS in the U.S. and Global TV in Canada.

SCORPION Sneak Peek: Night at the Museum


The fallout from Walter and Happy’s big marriage announcement happens in this week’s SCORPION. Now that Toby knows two things — first, that Walter and Happy are married for immigration purposes, and second, that Happy is pregnant — he’s understandably eager for her previous marriage to end so he and Happy can get married. Unfortunately, Walter’s green card may prove more difficult to get than they had imagined.

Meanwhile, Team Scorpion is hired for a private job this week at the Los Angeles Museum of Science and History. Cabe tags along, interested in a few of the exhibits. Unfortunately, the simple job becomes very complicated when they discover thieves robbing a rare gem exhibit in order to get materials needed to enrich a nuclear bomb.

Don’t miss an all new episode of SCORPION tonight (October 24) at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS (U.S.) and CityTV (Canada).

ELEMENTARY Sneak Peek: Sherlock Helps Captain Gregson’s Girlfriend With a Case


Paige, Captain Gregson’s girlfriend, approaches Sherlock with a private case in this week’s ELEMENTARY.

When Paige introduces herself to Sherlock, she explains that she believes her doctor/his staff are engaging in “criminal malfeasance”. She’s noticed that some of the women in the office have upgraded their clothing and jewelry lately and is suspicious about how they may have found the extra money. She doesn’t want to bring the matter to Gregson’s attention because he’ll go charging right in, so she asks Sherlock to keep the matter quiet for now. Later, he learns a secret about her.

Elsewhere, Sherlock and Joan are recruited to help the NYPD with a case involving an abducted woman. The first stop? A nudist colony.

Don’t miss an all new episode of ELEMENTARY tonight (October 23) airing at a special time of 10:30 p.m. ET/10:00 p.m. PT on CBS.

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS Sneak Peek: The Many Layers of Lund

A show that has been dedicated to character development during its run, NCIS: NEW ORLEANS continues that trend tonight as it peels back some of the layers of Sebastian Lund (Rob Kerkovich).

A character that started out similar to a “male Abby Sciuto” from NCIS, Sebastian has grown into his own as his particular quirks have come to the foreground.

Tonight, we get a deeper insight into the forensic scientist’s life and a better understanding of why he is who he is.

When a couple fakes an emergency, the overly-trusting Sebastian stops to help and is abducted and imprisoned by the pair. He has been targeted by the kidnappers who want to exploit his gaming skills to assist them in breaking an associate out of prison.

Will the mild-mannered Lund be able to free himself, and will the audience learn why this extremely intelligent man with a good heart suffers from social awkwardness and insecurity?

During the investigation, Christopher (Lucas Black) gains poignant insight into Sebastian’s attempts to bond with the team, while Patton (Daryl “Chill” Mitchell) seems to know his verbal sparring partner better than anyone since Brody.

Some of Sebastian’s quirkiness stems from growing up with his eccentric mother, portrayed by guest star Wendie Malick. Has her off-kilter personality been a factor in her son’s struggle to fit in better with the NCIS: NEW ORLEANS team…the same team that will go to any lengths to save their associate and friend.

Watch for some emotional moments as the show delves into this complex and thoughtful character.

(Also check out the diner shots as the Big Easy gears up for Po-Boy Festival on Sunday.)

“Escape Plan” was written by David Appelbaum and directed by James Whitmore, Jr.

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS airs tonight (October 18) at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

NCIS Sneak Peek: Brit Fayre

“Reeves. Clayton Reeves.” Yes, the “James Bond factor” has returned to NCIS in the form of MI-6 officer, Clayton Reeves (Duane Henry), who was introduced at the end of last season.

Henry, the new series regular, completes the rearranged bullpen tonight when a missing MI-6 Officer is linked to the murder of a petty officer.

Gibbs (Mark Harmon) sends Quinn (Jennifer Esposito) and Bishop (Emily Wickersham) to Philadelphia to work with Reeves, and the Brit gets a chance to show off his Holmes-ian skills.

Tracing an influx of Russian rocket launchers into the States via the UK will take the efforts of British Intelligence and U.S. federal agents to ensure that the weapons are intercepted before the transfer can be completed.

The addition of Henry to the cast will fill the “Brit quota” for the team in the wake of the announcement that David McCallum (Ducky) reportedly will be retiring from the show this season due to his health and age.

(And on an opinionated note from this writer…Please, TV Academy, give this man an Emmy nomination. McCallum turned 83 last month and still goes out to shoot on location. He has been gracing our airwaves for over 60 years, can deliver a line like most actors only can aspire to do, and is a shining example of a work ethic that few of us ever reach.)

How this new team will settle out remains to be seen, but that journey continues tonight as the case takes the NCIS agents to a town near Philly, where more will be revealed about the painful incident that caused Quinn to leave field work.

While Bishop and Quinn look like a potential “girl power” team, Torres (Wilmer Valderrama) and McGee (Sean Murray) could hit a “buddy movie” vibe. Also, Torres must have been undercover for too many years when he needs advice on women from the thrice-divorced Gibbs. Look for some good laughs with that aspect.

NCIS also stars Pauley Perrette, Brian Dietzen and Rocky Carroll. Guest star Tony Gonzalez, former NFL player and studio analyst for “The NFL Today” returns as Special Agent Tony Francis.

Other guest stars in tonight’s episode, “Philly,” are Henry Wells Nixon, Dennis Apergis, Lou DiMaggio, Dalila Ali Rajah, Glenn Keogh, Michael Felix and Stephanie Y. Wang.

“Philly” was written by Scott Williams and directed by Allan Arkush.

NCIS airs tonight (October 18) at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS in the U.S. and Global TV in Canada.

SCORPION Sneak Peek: Walter’s Newest Invention


Walter’s enormous IQ has been called in to solve a variety of problems on SCORPION — from fixing dams to foiling hackers. But tonight his brain will be solving humanity’s biggest problem ever — messy hotdogs.

It turns out that in their downtime Walter and Sylvester have been inventing the “U-dog”, a hotdog shaped like a “u” that will allow consumers to pile on 50% more condiments with 100% less mess. And the pair are overjoyed to announce their latest invention to the rest of Team Scorpion, calling everyone over for a demonstration….and a jingle.

Elsewhere in the episode, Toby pays a visit to Collins, who seems to know the identity of Happy’s mysterious husband. He promises to put in a good word for Collins with the prosecutor, but Collins doesn’t just hand over the information — he gives Toby a riddle to solve in order to figure out the man’s identity.

Finally, Team Scorpion’s case of the week involves them finding a boy from Ralph’s class who goes missing on a field trip after he accidentally has a run-in with a deadly criminal.

Don’t miss an all new episode of SCORPION tonight (October 10) at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS (U.S.) and CityTV (Canada).

CBS Orders Full Seasons of BULL, KEVIN CAN WAIT and MACGYVER


CBS has dished out full season orders to three of its freshman shows: BULL, KEVIN CAN WAIT and MACGYVER.

“We’re thrilled viewers have embraced these three shows creatively,” said Glenn Geller, President, CBS Entertainment. “Each one has made an immediate and positive impact on our schedule, while significantly contributing to growing their respective nights.”

BULL, the #1 new program of the season, is averaging 17.32 million viewers, 2.6/09 in adults 18-49 and 3.8/11 in adults 25-54. KEVIN CAN WAIT, the season’s #1 new comedy in viewers and key demographics, is averaging 11.26 million viewers, 2.8/09 in adults 18-49 and 4.0/11 in adults 25-54 on Mondays (8:30-9:00 PM). MACGYVER, Friday’s #1 new program, is averaging 11.35 million viewers, 1.9/08 in adults 18-49 and 2.7/10 in adults 25-54, winning its (8:00-9:00 PM) time period in all these measures.

THE BIG BANG THEORY Sneak Peek: Domestic Issues


Things have taken a turn to the domestic side lately on THE BIG BANG THEORY.

Last week, Howard and Bernadette had a big to-do with Raj, who had found out before they did the gender of their baby. They decided they didn’t want to know before the birth, but in the last clip before the fade to black, Bernadette called Raj in the middle of the night unable to stand the suspense. Meanwhile, Amy’s apartment had been flooded and Leonard and Penny suggested that Amy and Sheldon try out life together in Penny’s apartment, giving Leonard and Penny some much desired Sheldon-free privacy in Leonard and Sheldon’s apartment. It started out alright, but Sheldon’s obsessions quickly became an issue.

This week, we see issues between Sheldon and Amy escalate and Leonard and Penny must separate the quarreling couple, Sheldon threatening to break off their relationship because Amy won’t observe the bathroom schedule. Back at the Wolowitz residence, Howard and Bernadette decide to stay home instead of taking a planned vacation only to receive unexpected guests — just as Howard is upstairs giving Bernadette a soothing foot massage.

See the sneak peek video below and watch THE BIG BANG THEORY tonight (October 17) at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS (U.S.) and 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on CTV (Canada).

MADAM SECRETARY Sneak Peek: The McCord Family Hacking


There’s been a security breach inside the McCord family. On the season premiere of MADAM SECRETARY we learned that Jason’s computer had been the target of hackers, but it appears that something even bigger is at play. In tonight’s episode we learn that the FBI is helping the McCords investigate the hacking of Jason’s computer and whatever they learn eventually leads to the McCord children getting their own security detail. The girls seem alright with it, but Jason doesn’t like himself and his electronics being monitored.

Meanwhile, we learn that Algeria is on the brink of civil war and Elizabeth is attempting to negotiate a regime change to ensure stability. Unfortunately when Roy Curtis, the trusted U.S. Ambassador to Algeria dies, her plans go awry. At the same time, Henry learns that Hizb al-Shahid is destroying religious antiquities in Algeria, so he reaches out to Jose to see what the U.S. government can do to preserve them.

A new episode of MADAM SECRETARY airs tonight (October 16) at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS (U.S.) and Global (Canada).

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS Sneak Peek: Taken

The FBI seems to be having a hard time grasping how things work in The Big Easy.

The strictly by-the-book ways of new team member, FBI Special Agent Tammy Gregorio (Vanessa Ferlito) and her years in D.C. make her methods somewhat off-putting for the NCIS: NEW ORLEANS team, as does the approach of her FBI boss, Raymond Isler (guest star Derek Webster).

When Navy Petty Officer Drew Clarkson (guest star Jason Woods) is kidnapped, the NOLA team thinks there may be a link to another case in which a decorated officer was found dead in a sports arena.

Gregorio walks Drew’s parents, Susan (guest star Debbon Ayer) and Hank (guest star Demetrius Grosse) through the phone call from the kidnappers, which seems to originate from Mexico.

Upon hearing the call, Pride (Scott Bakula) and Lasalle (Lucas Black) hypothesize that the kidnappers and murderers could be the same people.

To the consternation of the FBI, NCIS: NEW ORLEANS decides to break protocol to rescue the abducted petty officer.

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS also stars Rob Kerkovich, Daryl “Chill” Mitchell, Shalita Grant and CCH Pounder. Additional guest stars in tonight’s episode, “Man on Fire,” are Carlos Ayala, Andy Dylan, Carlos Posas, Shannon Nicole and Julio Castillo.

Mario Lopez also guest stars as NOPD Officer Hernandez. “Man on Fire” was written by Zach Strauss and directed by Rob Morrow (star of NUMB3RS and NORTHERN EXPOSURE).

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS airs tonight at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS in the U.S. and Global in Canada.