NCIS Sneak Peek: Dirt Mob

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NCIS Special Agent Nick Torres (Wilmer Valderrama) must have led an epic life while he was undercover. He loved and lost. He charmed his way through a drug lord’s empire and fooled a lot of people along the way. He flirted and danced the night away.

And, evidently, he raced dirt bikes.

Tonight, a little more of that past catches up with Torres when his connection to a bank-robbing, dirt bike riding gang intersects with the death of a Marine.

When Corporal Kyle Campbell is found face down in the mud, purportedly discovered by a hitchhiker, the corporal is determined to have been moved after his demise.

When Torres arrives on scene, he thinks that dirt bike tracks near the body may be linked to bank robberies and to a dirt bike gang that he joined while he was working undercover.

As Torres scours his contacts and notes from the case, will he find a connection to Campbell, a cargo clerk stationed onboard the USS Saipan out of Norfolk?

Or will the gang find a revealing connection to Torres?

The exploding dirt bike in his garage seems to indicate that someone has connected his real life to his undercover persona. How is he going to explain that to Gibbs (Mark Harmon)?

NCIS also stars Pauley Perrette, Sean Murray, Jennifer Esposito, Brian Dietzen, Emily Wickersham, Duane Henry, Rocky Carroll and David McCallum.

Tonight’s episode, “One Book, Two Covers,” was written by David J. North and directed by Terrence O’Hara.

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

SCORPION Sneak Peek: Wedding Prep and Asteroid Retrieval

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Toby and Happy are getting down and dirty with their wedding preparations in tonight’s all new SCORPION.

As Paige and the others slave away with table seating arrangements and flower details, Happy reports that she and Toby are engaged in some utterly greuling and exhausting wedding venue tours. But, as it turns out, the pair are actually just enjoying a complimentary spa day (complete with gift bag!) at a nearby resort as they check it out for a potential venue. Later, back at HQ, while Cabe suggests a venue and Sly explains how he’s using geometry to arrange the tables at the reception, Walter explains his contribution to the wedding: he’s set up a series of talks leading up to the wedding so the happy couple can learn about co-mingling finances and conflict resolution to ensure their marriage doesn’t end in divorce.

All of this wedding prep gets pushed aside when Team Scorpion defys the orders of a foreign government after they retrieve an asteroid from space containing DNA strands that could have deadly consequences once exposed.

A new episode of SCORPION airs tonight (April 10) at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

CBS Renews CRIMINAL MINDS for the 2017-2018 Season

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CRIMINAL MINDS was left in limbo when CBS chose to renew 18 of its existing shows for the 2017-2018 season.

But today the network announced that CIMINAL MINDS has been renewed for an upcoming thirteenth season. CRIMINAL MINDS stars Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook, Kirsten Vangsness, Aisha Tyler, Adam Rodriguez and Damon Gupton

As of now we are waiting on the fate of CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS, CODE BLACK, THE AMAZING RACE, 2 BROKE GIRLS and ELEMENTARY.

NCIS Sneak Peek: Private To Admiral

In a story that is eerily similar to the evening news, tonight’s NCIS focuses on the hacking of high-ranking government officials and how much someone is willing to pay to control their privacy.

With changes to the law that will allow ISPs to gather personal information to sell to the highest bidder in play, the question of how much someone is willing to pay to keep his or her information private is particularly relevant this week.

When a Vice Admiral’s computer is infected with spyware, he turns to McGee (Sean Murray) for a back-channel solution. A friend of Tim’s father, the Admiral (returning guest star, Bruce Boxleitner) prevails upon McGee to fix the problem and extract him from the ransomware.

With a countdown of 35 hours, Tim tries to explain that paying the ransom would be more effective than his trying to crack the code in less than 2 days.

Enter Director Vance (Rocky Carroll), who deems the case an act of cyberterrorism and Gibbs, whose first initial “L” does not stand for “Luddite,” despite its applicability. Notwithstanding the Admiral’s stack of non-digitized confidential paperwork, there is information in his account that he wants to retain and keep private.

As the virus spreads to NCIS, the team is in a quandary as to how to exist without their mobile phones or computers, while Gibbs (Mark Harmon) happily navigates his electronics needs with his flip phone. Guess he will never have to decide which is more important…privacy or convenience.

Not the case for Quinn (Jennifer Esposito), who may wish that she had no phone at all when her mother, Marie (guest star, the always-fabulous Mercedes Ruehl). texts her with a “911” request.

Meanwhile Ducky (David McCallum) will be exploring the capabilities of refrigeration (and a possible link to Marie) when the team turns up a body that is frozen to a chilly 62-degrees-below-zero. A cold case, indeed.

NCIS also stars Pauley Perrette, Wilmer Valderrama, Brian Dietzen, Emily Wickersham and Duane Henry. Guest stars on tonight’s episode, “A Bowl of Cherries,” include Andrew Bridges, Erica Luttrell, Kyle Marasciulo, Philip Smithey, Raychel Diane Weiner, Craig Robert Young and Gabriel Baca.

“A Bowl of Cherries” was written by Brendan Fehily and directed by Edward Ornelas.

And if you are not a fan of having your personal information sold to the highest bidder, be sure to check out the Congressional resolution that begins, “This joint resolution nullifies the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission entitled ‘Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services’” to find out how your rights will be affected.

NCIS airs tonight (March 4) at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS in the U.S. and on Global in Canada.

CBS Announces Season Finale Dates: BULL, CRIMINAL MINDS, BIG BANG THEORY and More

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It’s hard to believe that, in a few short months, the end of the 2016-2017 season will be upon us. Today CBS announced the upcoming season finale dates for its fall-winter shows, which begin in mid-April and will continue until the beginning of June.

Related: CBS renews 18 of its 2016-2017 shows for another season

Friday, April 14
8:00-9:00 p.m. MACGYVER (1st Season Finale)

Saturday, April 15
8:00-9:00 p.m. RANSOM (1st Season Finale)

Monday, April 17
9:30-10:00 p.m. 2 BROKE GIRLS (6th Season Finale)

Friday, May 5
10:00-11:00 p.m. BLUE BLOODS (7th Season Finale)

Monday, May 8
8:00-8:30 p.m. KEVIN CAN WAIT (1st Season Finale)
9:00-9:30 p.m. SUPERIOR DONUTS (1st Season Finale)

Wednesday, May 10
9:00-10:00 p.m. CRIMINAL MINDS (12th Season Finale)

Thursday, May 11
8:00-8:30 p.m. THE BIG BANG THEORY (10th Season Finale)
8:30-9:00 p.m. THE GREAT INDOORS (1st Season Finale)
9:00-9:30 p.m. MOM (4th Season Finale)
9:30-10:00 p.m. LIFE IN PIECES (2nd Season Finale)

Friday, May 12
9:00-10:00 p.m. HAWAII FIVE-0 (7th Season Finale)

Sunday, May 14
8:00-9:00 p.m. NCIS: LOS ANGELES (8th Season Finale)

Monday, May 15
8:30-9:00 p.m. MAN WITH A PLAN (1st Season Finale)
10:00-11:00 p.m. SCORPION (3rd Season Finale)

Tuesday, May 16
8:00-9:00 p.m. NCIS (14th Season Finale)
10:00-11:00 p.m. NCIS: NEW ORLEANS (3rd Season Finale)

Wednesday, May 17
9:00-11:00 p.m. CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS (2nd Season Finale)

Friday, May 19
8:00-9:00 p.m. UNDERCOVER BOSS (8th Season Finale)

Saturday, May 20
9:00-10:00p.m. TRAINING DAY (1st Season Finale)

Sunday, May 21
9:00-10:00 p.m. MADAM SECRETARY (3rd Season Finale)
10:00-11:00 p.m. ELEMENTARY (5th Season Finale)

Tuesday, May 23
9:00-10:00 p.m. BULL (1st Season Finale)

Wednesday, May 24
8:00-10:00 p.m. SURVIVOR (34th Season Finale)
10:00-11:00 p.m. SURVIVOR LIVE REUNION SHOW

Thursday, June 1
10:00-11:00 p.m. THE AMAZING RACE (29th Season Finale)

CBS Renews 18 Shows: BULL, MADAM SECRETARY, SCORPION and More

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CBS has renewed 18 of its shows for the 2017-2018 season, including:

THE BIG BANG THEORY (has actually been renewed for two seasons)
BLUE BLOODS
BULL
HAWAII FIVE-0
KEVIN CAN WAIT
LIFE IN PIECES
MACGYVER
MADAM SECRETARY
MAN WITH A PLAN
MOM
NCIS
NCIS: LOS ANGELES
NCIS: NEW ORLEANS
SCORPION
SUPERIOR DONUTS
SURVIVOR
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60 MINUTES

If you have a keen eye, you’ll notice that the fate of several CBS shows are currently up in the air. Thus far we don’t know if CRIMINAL MINDS, CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS, CODE BLACK, THE AMAZING RACE, 2 BROKE GIRLS and ELEMENTARY will be renewed.

CBS Announces Summer Premiere Dates: BIG BROTHER, ZOO and More

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CBS is bringing back staple shows like BIG BROTHER and ZOO to its summer schedule, along with the new event series SALVATION. SALVATION centers on tech superstar Darius Tanz (Santiago Cabrera) and MIT grad student Liam Cole (Charlie Rowe), “who bring Pentagon official Grace Barrows (Jennifer Finnigan) a staggering discovery – that an asteroid is just six months away from colliding with Earth.”

Here’s what you need to know about the network’s new summer 2017 schedule:

Wednesday, June 28
8:00-10:00 p.m. BIG BROTHER (Two-Hour Season Premiere)

Thursday, June 29
9:00-10:00 p.m. BIG BROTHER (Thursday Premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m. ZOO (Third Season Premiere)

Sunday, July 2
8:00-9:00 p.m. BIG BROTHER (Sunday Premiere)

Wednesday, July 5
8:00-9:00 p.m. BIG BROTHER (Regular Wednesday Time Period Premiere)

Sunday, July 9
8:00-9:00 p.m. BIG BROTHER
9:00-10:00 p.m. CANDY CRUSH (Series Premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m. NCIS: LOS ANGELES (Summer Schedule NTP)

Wednesday, July 12
8:00-9:00 p.m. BIG BROTHER
9:00-10:00 p.m. SALVATION (Series Premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m. CRIMINAL MINDS (Summer Schedule NTP)

CBS All Access Renews THE GOOD FIGHT for Season 2

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CBS All Access has given a season 2 renewal to THE GOOD FIGHT.

“We’re only a few episodes into the first season and the reaction from CBS All Access subscribers and critics alike has been phenomenal,” said Marc DeBevoise, President and Chief Operating Officer, CBS Interactive. “This series and its characters are just beginning and we can’t wait to see where Robert and Michelle King, their creative team and the amazing cast take THE GOOD FIGHT next.”

The first season of THE GOOD FIGHT is now available to stream on CBS All Access with new episodes available on Sundays. THE GOOD FIGHT picks up one year after the events of THE GOOD WIFE series finale and stars Christine Baranski, Cush Jumbo, Rose Leslie, Delroy Lindo, Erica Tazel, Sarah Steele and Justin Bartha.

MADAM SECRETARY Sneak Peek: A Modern Romeo and Juliet

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The upcoming marriage of two young people from Columbia has the potential to cause an international incident in this week’s MADAM SECRETARY.

Juan-Luis Moreno, the son of President Natalia Moreno, and Soledad Penagos, the daughter of rebel leader Mateo Penagos, have the potential to bring the country back from the brink of a civil war. The United States has helped broker a peace deal between these two opposing parties and the parents and their children are invited to Washington, D.C. to attend a dinner to celebrate the truce. But Soledad goes missing just before the dinner, having seemingly turned into a runaway bride. President Dalton is shocked that the truce is dependent solely on this modern day Romeo and Juliet, but that seems to be the reality of the situation and so everyone in D.C. is on high alert to retrieve Soledad so that the situation can be resolved.

Meanwhile, this love story — and Daisy’s new inter-office romance — leaves Jay grumpy as he deals with his tenuous marital situation. And Henry is getting ready to send his operative undercover.

MADAM SECRETARY airs tonight (March 5) at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

NCIS: LOS ANGELES Sneak Peek: Miguel, Memories, Mole, Mull

On the last episode of NCIS: LOS ANGELES, we saw Owen Granger, and his portrayer, Miguel Ferrer, lying in a hospital bed, but still fighting.

Ferrer, who died of throat cancer on January 19, managed to utter some heart-wrenching words when Hetty (Linda Hunt) suggested that he rest. After being reassured that he was still alive, Granger asked about his team and any danger from the mole.

Despite his façade of gruffness, it was obvious that Granger, while concerned about the mole, cared deeply for his team.

Both Granger and Ferrer were consummate teammates. A personal observation, Miguel, who was the voice of The Martian Manhunter in the animated JUSTICE LEAGUE: THE NEW FRONTIER, fought the Los Angeles traffic to record his voiceovers during his lunch breaks at CROSSING JORDAN.

As I stuffed a Styrofoam container of food into his hand on his way out the door, I again expressed gratitude that he was willing to rush around to accommodate our tight schedule. He replied with his slight smile, “I could never let you guys down” as he headed toward the traffic-laden parking garage.

I suspect that his final NCIS: LOS ANGELES scene was taken as much from Miguel’s life as from Owen’s. Determined to do his job, no matter how difficult, and showing concern for others were two traits that I admired in the character and the actor.

(Ferrer, reportedly also worked while ill to reprise his role as FBI Agent Albert Rosenfield in the star-studded TWIN PEAKS revival on Showtime premiering on May 21.)

In his last scene with Hetty, Ferrer’s magnificent voice was quiet and pained. When Hetty urged him to sleep, he said, “I dreamt that there was a buzzard, and he kept circling me.”

How Hunt kept her composure is beyond me, as tears flooded down my face as I watched.

Then, the dynamic duo showed off their penchant for humor as Hetty leaned in and whispered, “Don’t be a smartass, Owen.” Granger (and Ferrer) gave us that small, wry smile that let us know that he would never let us down.

Whether tonight’s episode of NCIS: LOS ANGELES, “Old Tricks,” addresses the fate of Owen Granger remains to be seen, but the series will pay a tribute to Ferrer. He will be heard in “Old Tricks” performing “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” with his longtime band, The Jenerators.

The episode features comedy vets, Martin Mull and Debra Jo Rupp as con artists, Edward and Ginger O’Boyle. The pair go target retirement homes, bilking elderly people out of their money.

(Useless info note for your local bar’s six-degrees trivia night: Ferrer made an uncredited guest appearance on ER which starred his first-cousin, George Clooney. Rupp also was a guest star on ER. Mull and Clooney are both alums of ROSEANNE.)

After Callen (Chris O’Donnell) and Sam (LL Cool J) investigate a suspicious kidnapping attempt involving Navy Lieutenant Warren Miller (guest star Connor Weilz), Kensi (Daniela Ruah) and Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen) go undercover at the retirement home of MSgt. Louis Miller (guest star John Colton), the younger Miller’s grandfather.

Meanwhile, Callen confronts his father (Daniel J. Travanti) on his illegal activity and the danger it places on their family.

Guest stars on “Old Tricks” are Peter Cambor (recurring as psychologist, Nate Getz), India De Beaufort, LAS VEGAS’s Marsha Thomason, Terryn Westbrook, Mike Erwin, Anzu Lawson, Connor Weil, John Colton, Jeronimo Spinx and Makai Dudeck.

“Old Tricks” was written by Andrew Bartels and directed by Trrence Nightingall (another ER vet).