NCIS: LOS ANGELES Season 8 Premiere Sneak Peeks: Explosive

There has been a whirlwind of changes and baby news for NCIS: LOS ANGELES over the summer.

Showrunner Shane Brennan is transitioning to develop new projects for CBS while maintaining his role as Executive Producer. R. Scott Gemmill, Executive Producer/Writer, is taking over Brennan’s showrunner duties and bringing years of his experience with NCIS: LOS ANGELES, as well as ER, JAG and THE UNIT.

Kensi Blye portrayer, Daniela Ruah and husband, David Olsen, welcomed a baby girl, Sierra Esther Ruah Olsen, on September 4.

The cast and crew used inventive techniques to shoot around her burgeoning baby bump while shooting over the summer. The actress currently is on maternity leave, but has confirmed that despite the pregnancy, Kensi will not be absent from the scene.

Not to be outdone by his real-life sister-in-law, Eric Christian Olsen (Deeks) and wife, actress Sarah Wright, had a 10-pound-12-oz baby girl, Esmé Olivia, on August 9. (Ruah is married to Olsen’s brother, Eric’s stunt double on the show.)

On screen, Kensi and Deeks reportedly will get engaged this season, and there is a rumor that a character may be killed off or leave the team sometime this year.

Season 9 has an explosive beginning tonight with a 2-hour event at a special time after 60 MINUTES in most timezones, around 8:30pm, depending upon how football earlier in the day affects the start time. (Be sure to set your DVR for overrun if you are not on the West Coast.)

Part one of tonight’s event, “High-Value Target,” sets up the arrival of Under Secretary of Defense Corbin Duggan (guest star Jackson Hurst) who is sent in by Washington to take the lead because Hetty (Linda Hunt) and Granger (Miguel Ferrer) have been unsuccessful in finding the mole in the NCIS: LOS ANGELES organization.

Whether Duggan can be trusted or has a part in the rumored demise/injury/departure of a team member remains to be seen. Both Hetty and Granger have been reported as possibly facing uncertain futures, but whether that simply is a threat to their current positions or something more life-threatening is not yet know.

The team spreads out in its pursuit of evidence, and some of that evidence leads to Syria, where one team member is severely injured when the mission goes off course.

Part two of tonight’s Season 8 premiere event concludes with “Belly of the Beast,” where Callen (Chris O’Donnell) and Sam (LL Cool J) must formulate new plans on the fly.

NCIS: LOS ANGELES also stars Barrett Foa as Tech Operator Eric Beale and Renée Felice Smith as Intelligence Analyst Nell Jones.

Guest starring tonight are Alexander Wraith, Cherami Leigh, Harry Katzman, Bryce McBratnie, AJ Meijer, Lisa Maley, Ben Cain, Nadia Sloane and Sammy Sheik. “High Value Target” was directed by Tawnia McKiernan and “Belly of the Beast” was directed by Terrence O’Hara. Both episodes were written by Gemmill.

NCIS: LOS ANGELES airs tonight after 60 MINUTES in the East, at approximately 8:30 pm contingent upon football overtime, and at 8:00 pm on the West Coast on CBS in the U.S. and Global TV in Canada.

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MACGYVER Sneak Peek: The Man Who Can Do Anything

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Angus “Mac” MacGyver is a man who can do anything and build anything. He works for the Department of External Services, an intelligence organization that operates entirely in secret and outside of the law. When we first meet the 20-something, he’s confident, cocky and clever. But things take a turn for the worst in Lake Como when one of his co-workers — Nikki — is shot and killed during a mission to retrieve a bioglogical weapon. Mac takes her death particvularly hard because the pair had a burgeoning relationship.

But with the weapon now in the hands of criminals, the fractured team needs to pull together to retrieve it again. Helping Mac is maverick former CIA agent Jack Dalton, ex-field agent turned director of operations Patricia Thornton, and an unpredictable computer hacker named Riley Davis.

MACGYVER premieres tonight (September 23) at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

CBS Orders New Comedy SUPERIOR DONUTS for Midseason

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CBS has put in a late order for SUPERIOR DONUTS, a new comedy starring Judd Hirsch and Jermaine Fowler. The series “follows the relationship between the gruff owner (Hirsch) of a small donut shop, his enterprising new young employee (Fowler) and their loyal patrons, in a quickly gentrifying Chicago neighborhood. Based on the play by Tracy Letts, the comedy also stars David Koechner, Maz Jobrani, Anna Baryshnikov, Darien Sills-Evans, Rell Battle and Katey Sagal.”

“This show has been very high on our radar since we first put it into development last winter,” said Glenn Geller, President, CBS Entertainment. “Jermaine Fowler is a rising young star, Judd Hirsch is a comedy legend and the entire cast is full of great comedic talent. We’re very excited to expand our comedy line-up with SUPERIOR DONUTS.”

CBS has ordered 12 additional episodes plus the pilot episode for broadcast during the 2016/17 season.

NCIS Season 14 Premiere Sneak Peeks: Sweet

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To quote Forrest Gump, “Life is like a box of chocolates.” Tonight, NCIS proves that adage is true.

The departure of Michael Weatherly’s Tony DiNozzo and the reported death of Ziva David certainly left two vacant spaces in the NCIS chocolate box, but that box of goodness is not empty by any means.

As McGee (Sean Murray) adjusts to his new role as senior agent in the bullpen, he also has to adjust to Tony’s old desk where everything is arranged in reverse (no doubt complicated because McGee is left-handed).

Bishop (Emily Wickersham) returns from Scotland, where she spent time hiking with MI-6 agent, Clayton Reeves. Duane Henry, who guest-starred as Reeves at the end of last season, graduates to series regular this year as “agent-on-loan” from British Intelligence.

Gibbs (Mark Harmon) has rejected eight new probies in the past three months. Frustrated with Gibbs’s rejection of her recruits, NCIS Special Agent. Alexandra “Alex” Quinn (new cast member, Jennifer Esposito of BLUE BLOODS), shows up at NCIS, asking why Gibbs is rejecting the agents that she has been training.

Considering that Gibbs and Quinn know each other, the fact that she sent him a probie who has mandatory nap breaks suggests that she still has a lot to learn about the team’s “Fearless Leader.”

To that end, Gibbs invites Quinn to shadow the team to determine what he needs. A special agent before becoming an instructor at FLETC (Federal Law Enforcement Training Center), Gibbs is aware of an incident in Quinn’s past that motivated her to leave field work to become an instructor.

Spending time in the field with Gibbs and Company may spark a desire in Quinn to return to investigation and fill the team vacancy with a sharp, experienced member.

Quinn also has ties to this season’s other new cast member, Nicholas “Nick” Torres (Wilmer Valderrama of THAT’S ‘70S SHOW). Torres has been deep undercover for eight years…so long that he has been forgotten by many agents and presumed dead by others.

Described as charismatic, unpredictable and an agent who sometimes blurs the line between protocol and practicality, Torres is forced to return to D.C. when his cover is blown.

Known for pushing the envelope, Torres has a dark past, honed skills and a connection to tonight’s case, which involves a car explosion and a link to Torres’s former post in Argentina.

Valderrama, a sitcom vet, may bring his own brand of comic timing to the team, but a situation set up last season certainly will provide an opportunity to “show me the funny.” Recurring guest star, Joe Spano, as FBI Special Agent Tobias Fornell, will spend some time as Gibbs’ roommate as he recovers from his injuries. The dynamic between the two men turns a slightly raised eyebrow into hysterical laughter.

Guest star Patrick Labyorteaux returns as JAG Navy Captain Bud Roberts, Jr. (JAG is the Belisarius series which spun off NCIS’s pilot.) Other guest stars on tonight’s episode, “Rogue,” include Sol Rodriquez, Juan Carlos Cantu, Nicholas Gonzalez, Shaw Jones, Ciara Bravo, Gina Gallego, Brian Michael Jones, Pilar Holland, Bayardo De Murguia, Joshua Elijah Reese and Samantha Cutaran. “Rogue” was written by Gary Glasberg and Jennifer Corbett and directed by Tony Wharmby. NCIS also stars Pauley Perrette, Brian Dietzen and Rocky Carroll.

With its consistently excellent cast and crew and its fabulous new additions, the NCIS box of chocolates promises to be different this season, but no less sweet.

NCIS airs tonight (September 20) at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS in the U.S. and on Global TV in Canada.

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS Season 3 Premiere Sneak Peek: New Girl

Anyone who has experienced an earthquake knows that the aftershocks can be as frightening as the quake. So goes the aftershock of last season’s ill-fated romance between NCIS Special Agent, Meredith Brody, and traitorous DHS agent, John Russo.

Last season’s NCIS: NEW ORLEANS went out with a bang when Brody (former cast member, Zoe McLellan) discovered that Russo actually was an imbedded spy and the team was prompted to run an off-book operation to save the city from an explosive terrorist attack.

Despite saving the city, the covert operation and Brody’s involvement with a spy reflected poorly on the team, and McLellan’s character departed The Big Easy (and the show).

Tonight, the team returns (sans Brody) from administrative leave and assists an alphabet soup of federal agencies in the hunt for a sniper who is targeting special events.

FBI Special Agent Tammy Gregorio is a member of the joint task force in the Crescent City to participate in the manhunt. Gregorio is played by new cast member, Vanessa Ferlito, a woman with a dark past and a different style than the NCIS: NEW ORLEANS team.

Pride is aware that Gregorio has skeletons in her closet, but this is The Big Easy…a few hauntings here and there are expected. Hard-hitting and independent-minded, adjusting to Gregorio’s style will take work on everyone’s part, and her secrets will be revealed as the season progresses.

As the agents investigate the sniper, they discover that the shooting of a Navy Master Chief may have been a necessity for the gunman who was aiming for a different target…bistro owner, Gilbert Lee. When the first shot missed Lee, the Master Chief moved toward the restauranteur and the marksman may have had to shoot through the Navy officer to hit his designated target.

The investigation reveals that Lee has been living above his means and may have been involved with something not-quite-aboveboard. They may run into a complication when Pride tells them that Lee’s fiancée, Bella Pearl, (guest star Doris Morgado) is a friend.

Another complication is former councilman, Douglas Hamilton, now mayor of the Crescent City. Hamilton (recurring guest star, Steven Weber) is exerting extreme interest in the case, which impacts the investigation.

Tonight’s episode, “Aftershocks,” also guest stars Derek Webster, Jared Day. Steven Waldren, Kwajalyn Brownm, Emily Istre, Lenita Henderson, Israel Perry, Cordell Moore and Jeanne Caldarera. “Aftershocks” was written by Brad Kern and directed by James Hayman.

Besides Bakula, returning to NCIS: NEW ORLEANS for its third season are stars Lucas Black, Rob Kerkovich, Daryl “Chill” Mitchell, Shalita Grant and CCH Pounder.

During hiatus, the cast sent a basket of teddy bear cookies dressed in police uniforms to the NOPD to thank the officers for their continued support. Little wonder that the cast and crew were honored with the 2016 “Celluloid Hero” award from the New Orleans Film Society for their contributions to the city.

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS opens its season at its new regular timeslot tonight (September 20) at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

BULL Premiere Sneak Peek: How To Convince a Jury

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Michael Weatherly may have left NCIS, but he’s remaining on CBS in the new series BULL. Weatherly stars as Dr. Jason Bull, the “president of a company that does trial analytics”. The company tracks the lives of potential jurors and helps defense lawyers figure out the optimal jury to acquit their clients. And Jason Bull is “the master at understanding what causes people to do what they do”.

BULL is based on the life of Dr. Phil McGraw, who was a litigation consultant before the DR. PHIL SHOW. In the series, Bull combines psychology, human intution and high tech data to figure out what makes jurors, attorneys, witnesses and the accused tick. Join him are his quick-witted brother-in-law, Benny Colón, who plays a defense attorney in mock trials; Marissa Morgan, a cutting-edge neurolinguistics expert from the Department of Homeland Security; former NYPD detective Danny James, the firm’s tough but relatable investigator; haughty millennial hacker Cable McCrory, who is responsible for gathering cyber intelligence; and Chunk Palmer, a fashion-conscious stylist and former All-American lineman who fine-tunes clients’ appearances for trial.

BULL premieres tonight (September 20) at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS (U.S.) and Global (Canada).

THE BIG BANG THEORY Season Premiere Sneak Peeks: When Families Collide

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Do you miss Sheldon, Leonard and the rest of the gang from THE BIG BANG THEORY? Perk up, because they’re back! The season 10 premiere is tonight (September 19), and it picks up where last season left off.

If you recall the end of last season, Sheldon’s mother and Leonard’s father — visiting for a replay of Leonard and Penny’s wedding — went off for a little tryst. Tonight’s brand new episode picks up on the aftermath with an awkward morning after. New tonight will be the introduction of Penny’s anxiety-plagued mother, Susan, and her drug dealing brother, Randall, as the whole family gathers for the wedding ceremony. Back are Penny’s laid-back father and Leonard’s less-than-supportive mother, along with everything we love about this series.

Don’t forget that Howard and Bernadette are expectant parents and Raj is juggling two girl friends. Oh! And Sheldon and Amy have finally had coitus. Can you imagine where this is all leading?

View a clip below from tonight’s new episode and watch THE BIG BANG THEORY in its new time slot Mondays at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on CBS (U.S.) and 7:30 p.m. ET/10:00 p.m. PT on CTV (Canada).

THE CASE OF: JONBENÉT RAMSEY Sneak Peek: Revisiting the Crime Scene

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True crime is fascinating to the public. And 20 years after the death of young JonBenét Ramsey, the public fascination with her case continues.

JonBenét’s parents awoke on December 26, 1996 to find their daughter missing and a ransom note left behind. A search for the six year old began and her body was eventually discovered by her father in the family’s basement. Her parents — John and Patsy — along with her younger brother were the prime suspects in the case, but no charges were ever brought against anyone and her murder remains unsolved to this day.

Former New York City prosecutor, retired FBI supervisory special agent and profiler Jim Clemente has assembled a dream team of original and new investigators for the case to reexamine the evidence 20 years later and see if they can figure out who committed the crime.

The investigators recreated and rebuilt the Ramsey house as it existed in 1996 and CBS has released a sneak peek showing the critical rooms of the house and the evidence collected in the rooms. In addition, watch clips below introducing the investigations team and examiming the ransom letter.

Tune in to THE CASE OF: JONBENÉT RAMSEY on Sunday, September 18 (8:30-10:30 p.m. ET/8:00-10:00 p.m. PT). After the premiere, the limited series continues on Monday, September 19 (9:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) and concludes Sunday, September 25 (8:30-10:30 p.m. ET/PT).

DOUBT Preview: Katherine Heigl Stars in CBS’ New Legal Drama

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Katherine Heigl returns to TV in DOUBT as as Sadie Ellis, a brilliant attorney at a boutique firm who starts to fall for her charismatic client, Billy Brennan. Billy (a paediatric surgeon) has been arrested for murdering his girlfriend 24 years ago. As she falls deeper, Sadie is forced to hide her growing feelings from her coworkers, including Albert Cobb, who thinks he knows everything about her.

Also working at the firm is Cameron Wirth, a transgender Ivy League graduate who fights passionately for her clients since she’s experienced injustice first hand; Tiffany Simon, a second-year associate who is quickly learning the ropes from Wirth; and Nick, a former felon who earned his degree while serving time. They all consider it a privilege to work for Isaiah Roth, a revered legal lion and “lefty” legend, whose approval is their holy grail.

DOUBT will premiere midseason on CBS.

THE CASE OF: JONBENÉT RAMSEY Preview: Revisiting the Case 20 Years Later

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Twenty years ago, the case of JonBenét Ramsey fascinated North America. The six year old girl (who competed in many children’s beauty pageants) disappeared from her parents’ home the day after Christmas. Her parents frantically called the police to report that their daughter had been kidnapped and a ransom note had been left behind. But eight hours later her body was found in the basement of the family home. Both of her parents were suspects in the case, but it has never been solved.

Now CBS has reunited some of the original investigators of the case — including former New York City prosecutor, retired FBI supervisory special agent and profiler Jim Clemente; world-renowned forensic scientist Dr. Henry Lee; former chief investigator for the District Attorney in Boulder, Colo., James Kolar; leading forensic pathologist Dr. Werner Spitz; and retired FBI supervisory special agent and forensic linguistic profiler James Fitzgerald. They are joined by several new investigators, including former New Scotland Yard criminal behavioral analyst Laura Richards and retired FBI supervisory special agent and statement analyst Stan Burke.

By re-examining the cast 20 years later, can this group finally figure out who killed JonBenét Ramsey? Tune in to THE CASE OF: JONBENÉT RAMSEY on Sunday, September 18 (8:30-10:30 p.m. ET/8:00-10:00 p.m. PT). After the premiere, the limited series continues on Monday, September 19 (9:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT) and concludes Sunday, September 25 (8:30-10:30 p.m. ET/PT).