Rocky Carroll Returning to NCIS This Fall

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NCIS cast member Rocky Carroll, who plays the enigmatic agency director Leon Vance, has closed a new deal to remain with the long-running CBS procedural, according to reports.

Carroll will play Vance, who has also appeared on NCIS: Los Angeles, throughout the upcoming season.

It's unclear how often he will appear in NCIS Season 10. Director Vance's prolonged absences were notable at times in Season 9, though he played key roles in a number of episodes.

Whether he appears in a reduced number of installments again remains to be seen, but he'll be back.

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David McCallum (Ducky) recently signed on for another two years with Gibbs and Co., and despite the way the Season 9 finale ended, all indications are that his character will survive.

NCIS mainstays and fan favorites Michael Weatherly (Tony), Pauley Perrette (Abby) and Sean Murray (McGee), are still in negotiations to return next season, but should return as well.

Show-runner Gary Glasberg recently said he has “no doubt that it will all work out” to bring the cast back intact, and Weatherly's contract negotiations also dragged out two years ago.

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McGee: All right. Well you should probably know that Abby and I used to date?
Bishop: Ew. Like, each other?
McGee: Yeah.
Bishop: Wait - isn't that a violation of rule 12, never date a....
McGee: It was a long time ago. After we'd broken up, one night I went to her lab. Found a scribbled piece paper; a list. Potential boyfriends had to fulfill certain conditions by a pre-arranged date or else, goodbye.
Bishop: Such as.
McGee: Things started off relatively normal: opening the door for her, flowers, putting the seat down. Then around number 8, it gets uh...
Bishop: What?
McGee: Does she know you have these?
Bishop: Does she know you have these?
McGee: Yeah she wasn't happy when she found out.
Bishop: These are all very specific.
McGee: Yeah.
Bishop: These ideas apply to you?
McGee: No those rules weren't in place when we were together. At least I don't think so.
Bishop: What's with the two month cutoff? Abby's sabotaging herself. I've seen stuff like this before. We have to talk to her.

Tony: One other question, I know you're an expert in English history. And I was just wondering, have you ever heard of Archibald Drummond, the 17th Earl of Trent?
Ducky: The Earl of Trent. No, I can't say I have. Why?
Tony: I was just wondering. Thanks.