So, on Monday nights, we get a reboot of a classic, with the new Hawaii Five-O. Wednesday nights, something all new, with The Defenders (more on them, tomorrow). And sandwiched right in the middle on Tuesdays is a whole big ol’ night of a show that just keeps rolling down the tracks like a freight train: NCIS … and NCIS Los Angeles, duh.
Nobody’s ever asked me to teach a cooking class (Imagine that -Ed.), but you don’t have to be a chef to know the cake tastes good; and the recipe for NCIS is really, really simple: tell compelling stories with a great cast. Note, I said it was simple, not easy.
Watch tonight’s NCIS season premiere at 8: you’re familiar with the characters, but the story is fresh. And yes, I’m under orders not to reveal it. Trust me. This is the show’s 8th season: that’s phenomenal. The production team is first-rate. And the cast gets each other, but don’t phone it in. –No small trick after all this time. When Mark Harmon–”Leroy Jethro Gibbs”– greatest character name ever–talks to his staff, he always looks to me like a guy who’s struggling with his anger-management classes. Waiting to see how he responds to his underlings, it’s hard to take your eyes off him. But somehow I manage when Cote de Pablo and Pauley Perrette (“Ziva David” and “Abby Sciuto”) are in the scene. Yes, I focused on the two women: you write a blog, you pick who you want.
Tuesday, Sept. 21, is NCIS night: the original at 8, then two episodes of the returning spinoff, NCIS Los Angeles. Ah, these are good days to be a couch potato.