NCIS: NEW ORLEANS Sneak Peeks: No Bon Temps

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Happy Mardi Gras!!  The high today in the Crescent City is 55 degrees and sunny.  I made beignets for breakfast and jambalaya is on the stove for dinner.

Dwayne Pride (Scott Bakula) of NCIS: NEW ORLEANS is opening his bar to the public on Fat Tuesday and jamming on the ivories with Big Easy jazz greats, Jon Cleary, and Treme Prince, Glen David Andrews.

There are 11 Mardi Gras parades today and enough food and ojen anisette to leave the thousands of revelers and bead seekers with indigestion and hangovers for days.

Two people also will be suffering the aftereffects of drugs…but not by choice.  Pride is abducted and drugged when he goes out back to sign for a liquor delivery.

He awakens to find himself restrained in a room with New Orleans Mayor Douglas Hamilton (Steven Weber) with what appears to be their captors in the next room.

The NCIS: NEW ORLEANS team must spring into action to save the two men.  After all, Dwayne is the best cook among the group, and somebody needs to make the etouffee.

Beads and beats will be streaming on Bourbon Street, and this is no time to be kidnapped by bad guys in Mardi Gras masks.

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS also stars Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan, Rob Kerkovich, Shalita Grant, Daryl “Chill” Mitchell and CCH Pounder. Guest stars on tonight’s episode, “Father’s Day,” are Lee Tergesen, Chris L. McKenna, David Starzyk, Chasty Ballesteros, James Dumont, Brandi Wilson, Michael Dardant, Deanna Meske and Dominique L. Hayes.

“Father’s Day” was written by Sam Humphrey and directed by Dennis Smith.

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS airs at a special time tonight at 9:02 p.m. on CBS (U.S) and Global TV (Canada).

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

NCIS Sneak Peeks: Corpus Too Delicti

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Everyone who reads this column knows that, in my opinion, NCIS’s David McCallum accomplishes nothing less than “spectacular” every time he is on-screen.

Before you think I am being nice, please know I am a tough critic.  Just ask any friend who watches television with me.  A ridiculous edit or a badly looped line?  I scream at the TV.  You would think that I am watching a fumble during the Super Bowl when the score is tied on 4th and goal and :03 is on the clock.

Yes, I gripe about bad television, sometimes like it is the end of the world.  I am thankful that my husband has learned to endure this after many years.  (He is a Jets fan.  Suffering is in his nature.)

I also am thankful that I never have to complain about NCIS.  McCallum, Harmon and the rest of the stellar cast and crew never fail me.   With that in mind, I am anticipating a treat tonight.

McCallum’s alter ego, Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard will strive to do the almost-impossible:  1) conduct an autopsy remotely; 2) use sailors as surrogate surgeons; 3) track all of their movements since one of the three sailors is the murderer, and 4) do all of this underwater on a submarine.

No problem.  He is the Duckman, after all.

The body is confined in the sub’s decompression chamber, and the three potential murder suspects are trapped in the chamber with the deceased.  Not only is there potential for evidence tampering, but it will be four days before the compartment can be opened without killing the survivors.

Decompression Sickness (DCS), often referred to as “the bends” or Bends and Caisson Disease, is an illness that can affect a victim when pressure rapidly decreases around the body (such as a submarine ascending quickly) and compromising the circulatory system.  Death can come from a variety of complications.

Unless they want three more bodies in the decompression chamber, protocols must be followed.  Unfortunately for NCIS, the corpse will lose most of its evidence in those four days, even if none of the three seamen in the chamber tamper with the body.

My guess for the “most likely”?  Look for: 1) the person who would know that the corpse will become nonviable for evidence, and 2) the one who could stand the nauseating smell of a dead body for four days.

Check out the sneak peek below between Abby (Pauley Perrette) and Bishop (Emily Wickersham).  A couple of the above-referenced friends will agree with the Valentine sentiment.

NCIS also stars Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Sean Murray, Rocky Carroll and Brian Dietzen.

Guest stars on tonight’s episode, “Decompressed,” include Maya Stojan, Greg Sereno, Henderson Wade, Tim Conlon, Brett Rice, Aaron Hendry, Keston John, John DeMita, Dahlia Salem, Matthew Brenher and David Paladino.   “Decompressed” was written by Brendan Fehily and directed by Tom Wright.

For McCallum fans, check out his recently published novel, “Once A Crooked Man.” A quirky novel about crime, a suitcase full of cash and a dangerous man lurking in the shadows. The tagline is “Crime pays. And pays well.”

NCIS airs at 8:01 p.m. ET/PT on CBS (U.S.) and on Global TV (Canada).

NCIS: LOS ANGELES Sneak Peek: Hint Of A Showman

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The best in Russian dressing returns tonight when Vyto Ruginis recurs as “Shady” Arkady Kolcheck on NCIS: LOS ANGELES.

The most delicious of conmen, a wounded Arkady was last seen in imminent threat of being captured in Moscow when he volunteered to remain behind in order to give his daughter, Anna (Bar Paly), and the NCIS: LA team time to escape.

Whether his selfless act was out of love or to set himself up to snow someone else is still in question, but Callen (Chris O’Donnell) cannot seem to let the issue go.  Hetty (Linda Hunt) warns the team that NCIS cannot guarantee its safety on an unsanctioned mission.

With a strategy that has more layers than a set of matryoshka dolls, NCIS: LOS ANGELES endeavors to locate Arkady, who is rumored still to be in Russia.

Callen, Anna, Sam (LL Cool J), Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen) and Kensi (Daniela Ruah) go undercover at a gala to try to access the Russian Consul General’s computer.  Decked out in formalwear, Callen and Anna take to the dance floor.

Fear not, Carl’s Jr./Hardee’s commercial fans, Paly is dressed more like she is in the TV spot than a babushka in the matryoshka doll set.

Best inside joke of the week:  Anna telling Callen that it looks as though he has dance experience.  O’Donnell was nominated for a Golden Globe for the feature film, SCENT OF A WOMAN, for which Al Pacino won an Academy Award as a blind man who does a mean tango.  Perhaps O’Donnell will have a chance to show off any fancy footwork that he may have learned from THE GODFATHER.

NCIS: LOS ANGELES also stars Barrett Foa, Renée Felice Smith and Miguel Ferrer.  Guest starring tonight are Ravil Isyanov, Rizwan Manji, Zoran Korach, Angelina Assereto, Griffin Freeman, Mo Anouti, Mikal Vega and Salvator Xuereb. Tonight’s episode, “Matryoshka, Part 1,” was written by Kyle Harimoto and R. Scott Gemmill and directed by Dennis Smith.

NCIS: LOS ANGELES airs tonight at 10:00 p.m. on CBS (U.S.) and on GlobalTV (Canada).

SUPERGIRL Sneak Peek: Mercy Mercy Me

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There is a hallucinogen-producing plant that has been used around the DC Universe called a “Black Mercy.”  Tonight on SUPERGIRL, Kara’s evil uncle, Non (Chris Vance), uses a Black Mercy to trap his niece into a coma-like state.

The Black Mercy’s effects are not the most horrific punishment.  Although the victims are unable to move or comprehend most events around them, the plant keeps the victims captive by tapping into the pleasure centers of the brain.

The result is that the victims think they are living in a perfect world, enjoying everything they ever have wanted.  The same thing happens tonight to SUPERGIRL (Melissa Benoist).

As Uncle Non and Aunt Astra (Laura Benani) plot to manipulate Earth’s satellite system and network during a solar storm, Non decides to get Kara out of the way with a Black Mercy (that octopus-like plant skulking on the Danvers sisters’ ceiling at the end of last week’s episode).

Imprisoned in the tendrils of the hypnotic plant, SUPERGIRL is wheeled into the DEO so Alex (Chyler Leigh) and Hank (David Harewood) can try to figure out how to remove the parasite and neutralize its effects.

Meanwhile, Kara slumbers in what seems to be a new reality.  She believes that she is back on an unexploded Krypton, living happily with her father, Zor-El (Robert Gant), and mother Alura (also played by Laura Benani).

Her cousin, Kal-El (Daniel DiMaggio) is there, having never been sent to Earth because there was no impending explosion, leaving Earth with no Superman.

With SUPERGIRL unavailable to save the day, Hank, Alex and the DEO suit up to fend off the attack by Astra, Non and the Kryptonian force that serves them.

Desperate times calling for desperate measures, Maxwell Lord (Peter Facinelli) is consulted.  James (Mehcad Brooks) and Winn (Jeremy Jordan) are allowed to visit for some last goodbyes.

How to deal with this dilemma?  There could be a small flaw in Non’s plan.

When victims notice something out of sync in the fake reality created by a Black Mercy, the plants often start to lose grip on the hosts, slowly making them easier to detach.

Many people in the DC Universe have been victims of a Black Mercy, including Green Arrow, Green Lantern, Batman and Superman.  Even the evil Mongul, the supervillain who harvests the plants, has fallen victim to the Black Mercy’s effects.

Generally due to a flaw in the fictitious dream world, the victim awakens as the plant loses control of the brain and is detached from the body.  Wonder if SUPERGIRL will see something incompatible in her dream-Krypton, or if she will sense the doom on the horizon for another planet she calls home…Earth.

SUPERGIRL also stars Calista Flockhart as media mogul, Cat Grant.  Other guest stars tonight include Briana Venskus, Christopher Showerman, Alice Aoki, Emma Caulfield, Sarah Robson and Onrico Nightingale.

The story for tonight’s episode, “The Girl Who Has Everything,” was written by Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg, with a teleplay by producer Ted Sullivan, and Derek Simon. ”The Girl Who Has Everything” was directed by Dermott Downs who did a great job directing last week’s DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW.

Speaking of the DC TV-verse, mark those calendars for Monday, March 28, when THE FLASH (Grant Gustin) crosses country (and networks) for a guest appearance in National City.

SUPERGIRL airs tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS (U.S.) and Global TV (Canada).

SCORPION Sneak Peeks: Couples Therapy


Walter and Toby are at each other’s throats in this week’s SCORPION. It turns out that their petty bickering has reached epic proportions, angering the rest of the team and causing Cabe to declare that they fight “like an old married couple”. Paige’s solution? To sentence the pair to couples therapy. Penn Jillette will be guest staring as Toby and Walter’s couples counsellor.

Meanwhile, a powerful earthquake hits Los Angeles, leaving a pinched gas line that could lead to a massive explosion. It’s up to Team Scorpion to save the day — and the city — with a little help from Ralph.

Don’t miss an all new episode of SCORPION on February 8 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS (U.S.) or CityTV (Canada).

ELEMENTARY Sneak Peek: Their Hardest Case?


Joan and Sherlock are going to tackle what may be their most difficult case ever on this week’s ELEMENTARY.

The pair are called to the New York City morgue, where a bomb has recently exploded. Apparently someone either planted it in the body cooler or in a body itself. The Medical Examiner thinks that a cartel may be involved. The difficulty is that the bomb destroyed any possible physical evidence, leaving Joan and Watson to go into the investigation blind.

Meanwhile, Joan becomes suspicious when the NYPD detective who holds a grudge against her asks her to consult on a case. Is she setting her up to fail?

Don’t miss an all new episode of ELEMENTARY tonight at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

SUPERGIRL Sneak Peeks: Talkin’ ‘Bout Degeneration

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Like Frankenstein’s Monster, Bizarro (the character on which Superman’s defective clone is based), has gone through many incarnations in DC Comics.  Tonight, Bizarro gets another transformation, as the faulty copy of SUPERGIRL.

In most versions of Bizarro, this somewhat dim/inadequately-formed monster is an experiment-gone-wrong created by resident bad guys like Lex Luthor or General Zod.  Tonight’s version is a SUPERGIRL knockoff developed by entrepreneur, Maxwell Lord (Peter Facinelli).

In the comics, just like Frankenstein’s Monster in films and the book, people developed an affinity for the disfigured, childlike Bizzaro, to the point where writers eventually made him a superhero and gave him a girlfriend.

Bizarro’s faulty design generally causes the creation to perceive “wrong” as “right” either not understanding what it takes to be a supervillain, or by being so mentally underdeveloped that it grasps the world slowly, using “Me Tarzan, you Jane” speaking patterns.

What Bizarro learns quickly, however, is that people are cruel to those who look different and that his own heart is capable, both of kindness and of being broken.

It will be interesting to see what path “Bizarro SUPERGIRL” takes tonight in the extremely capable hands of fabulous director/fan favorite, John Showalter, who helmed the episode.

Also interesting will be the makeup techniques endured by series star, Melissa Benoist, and guest star, Hope Lauren, who will be playing Bizarro as the character deteriorates.  For those unfamiliar with the character, the Superman version of Bizarro tends to look like this in print and action figures…

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Looks like hours in a makeup chair and a lot of discomfort from here.

Returning tonight is Blake Jenner, Benoist’s real-life husband, playing Adam Foster, elder son of Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart).  Kara gets unsolicited dating advice from James (Mehcad Brooks) and Winn (Jeremy Jordan) about dating the boss’s son.

SUPERGIRL also stars Chyler Leigh, David Harewood and Jenna Dewan-Tatum.  Other guest stars on tonight’s episode, “Bizarro,” are Michael Albala, Carly Nykanen, Nick Jaine and Kent Shocknek, which was written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Rachel Shukert.

SUPERGIRL airs at a slightly delayed time tonight of 8:02 p.m. ET/PT on CBS (U.S.) and Global TV (Canada).

THE GOOD WIFE Sneak Peeks: Florrick v. Schakowsky

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan returns as Jason Crouse to THE GOOD WIFE this week and he helps Alicia and Lucca when they argue against Alicia’s old arch-rival Judge Schakowsky after learning that a former bond court client was wrongfully imprisoned. Naturally, Schakowsky is not happy that the women are suing him and threatens to destroy Alicia’s career.

Meanwhile, Diane agrees to assist the student editor of a college newspaper when the school threatens her after she writes a politically charged article. Jason steps in to help that case as well and Diane continues to try and secure him for her firm full-time.

Don’t miss an all new episode of THE GOOD WIFE on January 31 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS (U.S.) or GlobalTV (Canada).

ELEMENTARY Sneak Peek: Secrets in the Holmes Family


Joan dropped a bomb on last week’s ELEMENTARY when she told Sherlock she believed someone had tried to kill his father.

In this week’s episode, Sherlock decides to investigate who may have targeted Morland for death. Apparently Scotland Yard and the French police are unaware of the potential killer, so Sherlock turned his attention to a contact within a mercenary group that Morland occasionally employs. But from the looks of the clip below, he spent more time having carnal relations with contact than getting valuable intel from her about the attempted murder.

Elsewhere in the episode, Sherlock and Joan are going to learn that Morland is keeping a secret that threatens the safety of all of them. And the pair investigate two murders that are connected to a for-profit college and its illegal recruitment practices.

Don’t miss an all new episode of ELEMENTARY on January 28 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

SUPERGIRL Sneak Peeks: White Or Green Or Just Plain Mean?

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There are at least three main types of Martians…Yellow Martians, White Martians and Green Martians.  SUPERGIRL’s J’onn J’onnz, the Martian Manhunter, aka Hank Henshaw of the DEO (David Harewood), is green.

The Green Martians are peaceful, while the White Martians are warriors with a subset, the Hyperclan, that has vowed to conquer Earth.  Most have superhuman abilities including super-speed, super-strength or the ability to shapeshift, as do many of the races spawned from original Martians, including Jemm, seen last month.

When Senator Miranda Crane (guest star Tawny Cypress) campaigns on an anti-alien platform, a White Martian attacks to show the politician that spiteful words do not trump superpowers.

SUPERGIRL (Melissa Benoist) must fly into action when the Senator is kidnapped, and Hank is forced to face his painful life before Earth…a time when the White Martians wiped out his peace-loving Green Martians on their home planet.

Meanwhile, Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart) declares her own kind of war on a defecting reporter via her new corporate attorney, Lucy Lane (Jenna Dewan-Tatum), and Lucy’s fiancé, James Olsen (Mehcad Brooks), puts himself on the hotseat with Cat by insisting on covering the Senator’s story.

Also caught up in drama with Cat is her estranged elder son, Adam, (played by Benoist’s former GLEE co-star and real-life husband, Blake Jenner).  Kara tries to intervene and convince Adam to give his mom another chance, but defeating the White Martian may be an easier task.

SUPERGIRL also stars Chyler Leigh and Jeremy Jordan.  Other guest stars in tonight’s episode, “Strange Visitor From Another Planet,” are Frank Maharajh, Rebekeh Salgado, Rudy Marquez and Jasmine Alveran.

“Strange Visitor From Another Planet” was written by Michael Grassi and Caitlin Parrish and directed by Glen Winter.

SUPERGIRL airs tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.