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David McCallum Signs Two-Year Extension With NCIS

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David McCallum will return to NCIS for a 10th season next fall, and an 11th the year after that if the series continues on CBS. The original cast member agreed to a new, two-year contract this week.

McCallum is one of four original cast members whose contracts are up at the end of this season, along with Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette and Sean Murray (who joined during the first season).

During the quartet’s previous renegotiation two years ago, McCallum again was the first to reach a new agreement at the end of April. Talks with the other three stretched past the upfronts into June.

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There is indication of that scenario happening again this year, with Weatherly, Perrette and Murray all in various stages of new negotiations. All ultimately re-signed then, of course, and are expected to again.

The rest of the cast, including leading man and executive producer Mark Harmon, is already under contract through the conclusion of NCIS Season 10, which was recently announced by CBS.

The Scottish-born McCallum, 78, has been a TV institution for decades, most notably in The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Sapphire & Steel, and now our beloved Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard on NCIS.

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Thank you for not killing Ducky off. He adds one of the best characters to the cast. The Army Lt. Col. should should be brought back for a romantic interest for Jerhro. Jamie Lee is a minus and should be dropped from the show. You have an excellent cast and shouldn't carry anyone who detracts from the show.

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I loved CSI when it first came on, but then there was CSI New York, and CSI Miami, by the time NCIS came on I'm like not another one, but now it's my favorite and I don't miss any. If I can't be home I DVR it. I watch the reruns all the time over and over again. I would like for Gibbs to meet a woman that's not so pushy. And I'd like to see Tony have a run in with the only woman he ever fell in love with.

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Love NCIS. It's brutal if you have to miss an episode. At a recent Navy reunion for the USS Richard E. Kraus at Chicago we had our dinner removed from the restaurant table and put onto a room service platter so that we could dash to our room to watch that week's episode. It seems that others had to do the same thing.

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Yaaay! Ducky's back! Just wouldn't be the same without him.

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I love Ducky and glad he is coming back i love to hear his stories and him talking to the bodies. As for JLC she needs to go and i mean stay gone, not even come back for a few episodes she made it a disaster to watch

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NCIS is my most favorite show and without ducky it would never be the same. I am glad he will be at NCIS for the next 2 years. Besides he is the only one who can pronounce "grenouille" the way it is pronounced in French.

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I was in tears when Ducky had his heart attack. It wasn't until today that I thought maybe there will be some hints. YEA! Now any chance you can all ditch Jamie Lee. Yea they were in the Movie with Lindsey Lohan (and even okay), but lets get rid of her. The quality of the show has dropped when I've been a loyal fan since the beginning. Per reader above, about bringing Tony's girl back, that would be delightful twist.

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This is one of my all time favorites to the point that it's the only show I can watch the episodes over and over and never get tired of seeing them. I'm thrilled that David will be back as Ducky. He's absolutely perfect in the roll. The characters all play off each other perfectly. I can't wait for the new season to start.

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Not so excited about Jamie Lee Curtis, it just does not feel right. I would love to see Gibbs and that Colonel from Army CID get back together.

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Jamie Lee Curtis is a refreshing change for Gibbs and I hope they keep her on Its about time he had a regular woman on the show

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@ Linz

Jamie lee Curtis is awful....soooooo wrong for gibbs!!!!!!