NCIS: NEW ORLEANS Sneak Peek: Celebrity Chefs And NOLA Music Star Tonight

Sometimes, life is all about who you NO-LA.

Guest starring on tonight’s NCIS: NEW ORLEANS are a group of real-life chefs “guar-ahn-teed” to make you gain weight while you watch… John Besh, Susan Spicer, Leah Chase and Sue Zemanick.

Known almost as much for their charitable and humanitarian works as for their incredible food, one look at the photos above will have you reaching for your fork and your checkbook (to make a donation) at the same time.

Another treat on tonight’s episode, “Help Wanted,” is musician Gary Clark, Jr.

Clark’s talent is surpassed only by his efforts to raise money and awareness for those in need.

The episode is centered around a Navy culinary specialist who is the target of an explosion while visiting her family’s 100-year-old restaurant in the French Quarter, while Brody is in D.C. tracking a lead in the General’s case.

But the real treat tonight is the sounds, sights and yes-you-almost-can-smell-the-flavor of the Crescent City. The cast and crew look like they are having the times of their lives, as do the guest stars and the lucky passers-by.

The visuals alone will make your mouth water and your phone dial for a vacation rental. (Warning: Once you go, you may never go home.)

Sometimes, life is all about what you NO-LA.

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS stars Scott Bakula, Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan, Rob Kerkovich, Shalita Grant, Daryl ‘Chill’ Mitchell and CCH Pounder.

Guest starring on “Help Wanted” are Ivan Sergei, Skipp Sudduth, Molly Hagan, Tom Schanley, Melanie Merkosky, David Alexander, Alex Collins, Rachel Guidry Whittle, CJ Hunt, Kristin Witterschein and Gene Todaro. The episode was written by Sam Humphrey and directed by Terrence O’Hara.

NCIS: NEW ORLEANS airs tonight at 9pm on CBS in the U.S. and on Global TV in Canada.

NCIS Sneak Peek: First Lady Michelle Obama Comes To NCIS

Tonight, Abby Sciuto (Pauley Perrette) proposes an excellent idea… celebrating those who do good deeds in everyday life.

On that note, we would like to designate Leroy Jethro Gibbs as the “Second Most Trusted Man in America” (the title of “Most Trusted Man in America” having been bestowed already on the late Walter Cronkite.)

Since Leroy Jethro Gibbs is a fictional character, the “Most Trusted” title should extend to the portrayer, cast and crew who make up this fine show, because without them, there would be no Gibbs. And a world without Gibbs is sadder, more dangerous and has less hope.

A lot is said in the news about lack of opportunities for the families of active service personnel and veterans. Not enough is done to fix the problem, possibly because it is more bad news cluttered among 22-minutes of other bad news.

Tonight, NCIS and First Lady Michelle Obama are teaming together in an episode to put faces and possibilities to the situation.

The episode, “Homefront,” features an appearance by the First Lady as she welcomes Gibbs and the wife of a Marine to the White House for a “Joining Forces” roundtable with military spouses.

Not only did NCIS writers and producers spend an hour of valuable airtime to shine a light on this continuing situation, as the most-watched drama on the planet, perhaps the storyline will focus a much-needed look at a quandry that affects far too many families.

Also putting its money where its mouths is, the show cast actual military spouses as “extras” in the roundtable scene.

To quote a press release regarding this initiative:

“’Filming inside the White House was a dream come true for the NCIS cast and crew,’” said Executive Producer Gary Glasberg. It was such a pleasure working with First Lady Michelle Obama and it’s our honor to support the Joining Forces initiative and the military families that benefit from it.’”

“In 2011, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden came together to launch Joining Forces a nationwide initiative calling all Americans to rally around service members, veterans and their families and support them through wellness, education and employment opportunities.”

Lest you think that the entire hour is a public service announcement, it is not.

In a poignant depiction of what happens to the families of those who serve, McGee (Sean Murray) connects with the teenage son of a deployed serviceman, sharing his own pain as the child who was left behind “for the greater good.” One who, in his own way, served on the “Homefront” by being braver than his years to lessen the stress on his father who is being shipped out again.

Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and Bishop (Emily Wickersham) work together to assist a service wife who may lose her career because of her husband’s transfer.

There probably are enough scenarios like these to fill another 13 years of NCIS storylines, but the fact that there are even two is very sad, indeed.

A prediction… there will be an opportunity for some laughs as well. Director Vance (Rocky Carroll) and Senior FBI Agent Tobias Fornell (guest star Joe Spano) travel to London as part of the ongoing escaped British spy case. Watch for these two experts at comic timing to glean the most out of any funny line that comes their way.

A London trip also provides a setup for the introduction of MI-6 Agent Clayton Reeves (guest star Duane Henry) who will be introduced on next week’s episode to help fill the void created by the departing Very Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly). (NOTE: I am really going to hate not being able to use that phrase. It has brought me many smiles.)

NCIS also stars David McCallum and Brian Dietzen. Guest starring on “Homefront” are Sandra Nelson. Benjamin Stockham, Reiko Aylesworth, Adrian Sparks, Pete Gardner, Zoe Perry, Elijah Mahar, Stephen Oyoung, Paul Holowaty and Juliette Angelo. “Homefront” was written by Gina Lucita Monreal and Jennifer Corbett and directed by Dennis Smith.

Once again, congratulations to all of the fine folks who make Gibbs and NCIS who and what they are… the personification of our beliefs. We celebrate YOU. You make us proud to be in your company.

Watch NCIS tonight at 8:00 p.m. on CBS in the U.S. and on Global TV in Canada. Tell your friends that you are watching NCIS with the President, First Lady and Leroy Jethro Gibbs (we bet they will be tuned in.)

NCIS: LOS ANGELES Sneak Peek: The Season 7 Finale

Season 7 of NCIS: LOS ANGELES may have been the best yet. It was a year of romance (Kensi and Deeks are talking marriage); a year of disappointment (Sam thought he lost Jada back to Tahir), but mostly, it was a year of family (the Densi Moms provided humor, pathos and insight into why their respective children are the way they are.)

Arkady (guest star Vyto Ruginis), Anna (guest star Bar Paly) and even Granger’s biological daughter, Jennifer Kim (guest star Malese Jow), became entwined as part of the NCIS: LOS ANGELES family. Sam’s family (less seen than heard because wife, Michelle’s portrayer, Aunjanue Ellis, is on QUANTICO), was no less present in the show, referred to frequently and integrated into the plot, even without Ellis.

Then, there was the ultimate payoff… not only did Callen learn his name was Grisha, but he also had a chance to meet his father (with a welcomed guest shot by Daniel J. Travanti).

If there was anything that Season 7 hit right on the mark, it was the importance of family, whether biological or “assembled.”

Tonight’s season finale, “Talion,” brings home that, at a particular point when family is concerned, there is no agency, obstacle, heaven or earth that the other family members will not move to rescue one of their own.

When Sam (LL COOL J) receives a distress code from son Aiden’s (guest star Tye White) that his school has been taken over by an extremist group, Sam, Callen (Chris O’Donnell), Kensi (Daniela Ruah), and Deeks (Eric Christian Olsen) rush to San Francisco to protect Aiden and free the hostages.

Chief suspect in the takeover… odds are on Jada’s brother/warlord Tahir Khaled (guest star Anslem Richardson). Whether he blames Sam for opening up Jada’s (guest star Ella Thomas) eyes to a different world, or because he believes that Sam betrayed his trust and honor could be two reasons for the attack on Aiden’s school. (The third being that Tahir is basically a power-hungry murderer.)

Regardless of the reasons, the NCIS: LOS ANGELES “family” bans together to break the rules and rescue Sam’s son. Granger (Miguel Ferrer) and Hetty (Linda Hunt) ignore protocol while Eric (Barrett Foa) and Nell (Renée Felice Smith) eke every last byte out of ops to back the team.

Nobody, but nobody, is going to hurt one of their family and get through the affront, unscathed.

A sneak peek clip, the cast’s thoughts about tonight’s episode and the cast members’ favorite moments as they look back at Season 7 are below.

The season finale of NCIS: LOS ANGELES also guest stars Arden Belle, Jack Griffo, Kwabena Darkwah, Simone Bailly, Matthew Haddad, Mike Peebler, Robert Okumu and Joberde Metellus.

Tonight’s episode was written by Executive Producer, R. Scott Gemmill and directed by Executive Producer, John P. Kousakis.

NCIS: LOS ANGELES airs on CBS in the U.S. at 9:59 tonight and at 10:00 p.m. on Global TV in Canada.

PERSON OF INTEREST Preview: Welcome Back!

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It’s been almost a year to the day since PERSON OF INTEREST last aired. So we can all be forgiven if we have forgotten where the show left off. Thanks for the long wait, CBS.

It was May 5, 2015, when we watched Samaritan agents racing Finch and Root to locate The Machine’s home. The Machine was wired into the city’s electric grid, dispersing its code throughout the system. And before Samaritan agents could shut them down, Finch downloaded sufficient code to rebuild the code later. They got out just in time.

This Tuesday kicks off a 13-episode new season with “B.S.O.D.” (your guess of what that means is as good as mine). In it, Finch and Reese try to rescue The Machine’s source code before it degrades beyond use, Root will be in for the fight of her life against a storm of Samaritan agents, and Detective Fusco faces hard questions about the deaths of gang leaders Dominic and Elias.

In subsequent weeks, CBS will air two episodes of PERSON OF INTEREST a week, one on Monday and one on Tuesday. Buckle up, it’s going to be a quick, bumpy ride. But a fun ride. I’ve even read that Shaw will eventually reappear. As a fan, I’m geeked and ready to get this series back in gear.

Watch the preview clip below and tune in to the season premiere of PERSON OF INTEREST on Tuesday, May 3) at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS (U.S.) and CTV (Canada).

ELEMENTARY Sneak Peeks: A Connection Between Morland, Sherlock and Joan

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We’ve arrived at the penultimate episode of the season for ELEMENTARY and Moriarty has apparently become a problem again. Or, at least, that’s what Sherlock thought in the last episode.

Now, according to a clip from tonight’s episode, Sherlock has ruled out Jamie Moriarty as the suspect who is targeting Morland. Instead, he believes that someone else has taken over Moriarty’s network and is targeting the Holmes family. When Sherlock and Joan figure out who is made the attempt on Morland’s life, they “find a shocking connection to themselves” as well.

Don’t miss an all new episode of ELEMENTARY tonight (May 1) at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS (U.S.) and Global TV (Canada).

THE GOOD WIFE Sneak Peeks: Peter’s Trial Begins

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Peter heads to trial in this week’s episode of THE GOOD WIFE and Diane has stepped in to represent him now that Mike Tascioni has backed out. Alicia is determined to keep Peter from returning to jail and is even in “Mrs. Florrick mode” when it comes to dealing with Jason. Lucca points out that Peter returning to jail could be beneficial for Jason and Alicia’s relationship, but Jason doesn’t want to “win” that way.

Meanwhile, Diane and Lucca team up to aggressively expand their female-led firm, but they’re facing serious opposition from David Lee, despite the fact that he agreed to the plan. Alicia also seems hesitant to expand in an aggressive manner.

Don’t miss an all new episode of THE GOOD WIFE tonight (May 1) at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS (U.S.) and Global TV (Canada).

NCIS: LOS ANGELES Sneak Peek: It’s Getting Hot In Here

Tonight’s episode of NCIS: LOS ANGELES is titled “Where There’s Smoke…”. Here is a list of hot topics about events in and out of the boasted:

1. Tonight, Sam (LL COOL J) and Callen (Chris O’Donnell) go undercover as firefighters when top secret information about suspected terrorists is stolen from a secure Department of Defense container at the site of a fire.

2. The pair gets to climb a hook-and-ladder, work with the LAFD and drive a firetruck.

3. Eric (Barrett Foa) finds out that Nell (Renée Felice Smith) may have the “hots” for firemen.

4. Last week’s smokin’ hot episode, “Granger, O.,” set Densi fans’ hearts afire with a lot of talk about having children, potential weddings, what kind of ceremony, and whom to invite.

5. When plans grow from a simple ceremony with the Moms and Monty on the beach to one that invites the NCIS: LOS ANGELES team, the Tiffanies, the friends-of-friends and plus-ones. As the list gets longer, tempers could flare.

6. Now that actress Daniela Ruah (Kensi) and stuntman husband, David Paul Olsen, have announced that they are expecting a second child, it seems like a good time for Kensi and Deeks to get hitched. It definitely seems easier than shipping Kensi off to Afghanistan in a burqa to cover her expanding midsection like they did when the actress had her first baby. Wearing a burqa in June…very warm.

7. Ruah’s husband, Daniel Paul Olsen, is the stunt double for brother, Eric. Two Olsens, one show. Definitely hot.

8. Since Eric Christian Olsen (Deeks) and wife, actress Sarah Wright, also are expecting, the producers could have opted to marry off Kensi and Deeks and explain their time away by sending them on a month-long honeymoon in the tropical climate of Tahiti.

9. Whether Kensi will become pregnant to explain Ruah’s waistline growth is a topic of discussion that is not taken lightly. The producers question if it is responsible for two people, in the same high-risk job who could be killed on the same assignment, to consider having children. One wrong move and their children could lose both parents on the same op. Definitely a topic for heated discussion.

10. The NCIS: LOS ANGELES producers rarely take the easy way out, opting for “fan satisfaction,” instead. R. Scott Gemmill recently was quoted indicating that the official proposal will not come until Season 8, saying, “the fans have waited long enough that we want it to be worth the wait.” Focusing on making the fans happy? How hot is it that?

11. The hottest topic of all? Last week, O’Donnell presented the 2016 Visionary Award from the non-profit Extraordinary Families. EF hosted its first Awards Gala to recognize the work of foster parents and mentors who improve the lives of children. Show creator, Shane Brennan, was recognized for having the character of Callen be a former foster child who grew up in 37 different foster families, a plight that is not unusual in real life. Callen becomes a crimefighting hero despite bouncing from foster home to foster home as a child. Giving hope to a child growing up in difficult circumstances…really hot.

NCIS: LOS ANGELES also stars Linda Hunt and Miguel Ferrer. Guest starring on “Where There’s Smoke…” are David Barrera, Steven Flynn, Josh Duhon, Skyler Maxon, Jason Sims-Prewitt, JoNell Kennedy and Josh Crotty.

“Where There’s Smoke…” was written by Andrew Bartels and directed by James Hanlon.

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

SCORPION Season Finale Sneak Peeks: Saving Toby

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Team Scorpion is facing a huge problem in tonight’s season finale: they need to save Toby from their old teammate, Mark, who has taken him hostage. We saw at the end of the penultimate episode that Toby had met with a specialized jeweller to get an engagement ring for Happy. Unfortunately, that meeting ended with Mark kidnapping Toby as revenge.

When he has Toby in his clutches, Mark decides to mess with his mind, telling him that Happy will never agree to his proposal once he finds the engagement ring. Meanwhile, he tells the team that he will kill Toby unless his cunning demands are met and he’s happy to torture Toby over the phone with Walter to prove his point.

Don’t miss the season finale of SCORPION tonight (April 25) at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS (U.S.) and City TV (Canada).

ELEMENTARY Sneak Peek: Is Morland a Murder Suspect?

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ELEMENTARY fans have seen how sketchy Morland Holmes is since his introduction this season. He’s definitely engaged in some questionable business practices to achieve his goals. But is he actually a murderer? That question is going to come up this week.

Sherlock and Joan get called to the crime scene that Marcus discovered last week and Joan is clearly thrown that her source in Morland’s office — Emile Kurtz — has been murdered. Sherlock and Marcus don’t seem aware of her connection to the victim, but her questions at the crime scene pique Sherlock’s interest. And soon enough, Morland becomes Sherlock and Joan’s prime suspect in the murder investigation.

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

THE GOOD WIFE Sneak Peeks: The Aftermath of a Confession

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Alicia confessed her feelings to Jason in last week’s episode of THE GOOD WIFE and told him that she wanted to be with him. His reaction? According to a clip from tonight’s episode below, he gave her a deed to land on Mars. Apparently Alicia didn’t react well to the gag gift and isn’t returning Jason’s calls, but Lucca thinks she should give Jason the benefit of the doubt and let him explain.

Meanwhile, the Florrick family gathers together and many catastrophes happen, as you can imagine. Alicia throws a party to celebrate Howard and Jackie’s upcoming wedding and her mother, Veronica, spills the beans about Peter and Alicia’s divorce to both Grace and Jackie. Naturally, Jackie is flabbergasted by the news and Grace is understandably upset. Elsewhere, Eli asks Jason to investigate Peter in preparation for his trial.

Don’t miss an all new episode of THE GOOD WIFE tonight (April 24) at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on CBS (U.S.) and Global TV (Canada).