Will Jamie Lee Curtis Return to NCIS?

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Jamie Lee Curtis' guest arc in NCIS Season 9 was as controversial as it was crucial, leaving fans polarized regarding Dr. Samantha Ryan and her relationship, professional and otherwise, with Leroy Jethro Gibbs.

What can we expect from her in the coming season?

Not a lot, if anything, according to the show's boss.

Gibbs With Ryan

Executive producer Gary Glasberg recently told TV Guide that the loss of Dr. Ryan isn't particularly hard on Gibbs, given everything else that transpired in the Season 9 finale and the fact that Ryan is alive.

"I really didn't want to treat this relationship as if she was dead," Glasberg said.

"The show has a history of doing that and that's not the case here. I'd like to believe that we approached it realistically, and that [she left because] there are priorities she has in her life."

As for whether we'll see Curtis' complex DOD PsyOps brain gramer on the show again, Glasberg says: "If they were able to reconnect down the road, I'd love to have Jamie Lee come back."

It certainly sounds like her story arc is over now, however. For more on what we can expect come September, follow this link for the NCIS Season 10 spoilers and teasers we know so far!

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I am a 51 year old woman with grown children and it was not the fact that JLC was a woman that bothered me i am glad my children are grown, because she was over the edge with the physical part and it was the body language. She was not a good fit for the show over shined the regular cast and that was her personality so i do hope she stays gone


First,...yep, it's pretty obvious that the majority of the negatives about JLC come from the women NCIS fans...must be some sort of sexist psychology?!
Second, I agree with MzLady: I think that Curtis will be back to give some 'finality' to her character,...the way she raced off to address the ex- left things up in the air too much.
In that vain,...I also agree with Mitch,...she could be such an asset to the show. If only she hadn't been thrown into such an 'unlikeable' character, one that's now been too damaged to be able to recover any attraction to the audience.
One more thought,...how about having Ms. Ryan show her true colors as a 'bad guy' and have Gibbs (not Abby) become the final judge, jury, and (you guessed it...) EXECUTIONER----now that would be some kind of storyline!


I happen to think that the show will actually do better without her, she was over physical in the show and yes she is an actress but body language was all her, and i was appauled at it at times. I am glad she is gone i think NCIS season 10 will be the best yet. And the shows ratings showed people did not like her an actress because the ratings were lower when she was on. It was not because of the writers, she was just not a good fit for the show.


I happen to love JLC; she is one sexy older woman. The problem was the writing for her. They made her such a ball-breaker, she was unlikable. It's the show's loss. She could have been quite an asset.


All this needless worrying over Dr. Ryan!! TVF borrowed this blurb from TV Guide by the way - they released it first, so this is old news. I think Gary Glasberg already made it clear that we won't be seeing much of Ryan. She was DISMISSED by the NCIS fanbase, period. The fans did not LIKE her. She is another EJ-type casualty, and if she DOES return to the show, it would likely only be for one or two episodes to wrap up the Harper Dearing arc, or to deal with her ex-husband who apparently is now out of prison & could go after Parker, in order to "break" her. That's about it.


I happen to agree the Ryan character was not a good match at all for gibbs and gibbs is not over his first wife death. I for one and glad she is not coming back she made the show sickening to watch it was awful


Most love interest for Gibbs where suppose to crash and burn because he was never over the loss of his family. But this one love interest was not supposed to just crash and burn. She was supposed to be there for the long haul. I hope that the writers and creators of the show took a good long look back at how bad she acted out her character (love interest only) and see why this was a horrible idea. Not for having a long term love interest for Gibbs but for casting Jamie Lee Curtis as the lover. Please don’t get me wrong I like her as an actor, I really do, I just do not believe she was the right person to pull off the love interest and I do however; think she would rock as a bad guy. If the writer would be willing to rewriter her part and make her a bad guy that would be amazing. (Have Abby shot her in the end). ROFL!


@ Michael, Please stop you are not helping yourself!!!. Ryan was apsolutly no different than the other woman (lawyer,Doctor, Redhead) Gibbs has sacked on the show. They all wanted to take over for him; they all wanted him to save them from harm and in the end change who he is as a person. blah, blah, blah… Just face it Ryan took over the show, her character did not helped it. She did Gibbs’ job for him, she spoke for him, walked for him, she thought for him, and at some point I thought she was going to start chewing his food for him. The Ryan character was a huge joke that was not funny. Ryan was not all that bad; in fact she could have been a great, if her character had only been introduced as a bad (PsyOps) guy and not what the writers ultimately tried to make her become, Gibbs’ Lover; sickening. Unless the writers of the show rewrite her character and make her the bad guy she was suppose to be, I do not want to see her again.


Amen. I glad Ryan will not be back.


Good news! Sounds like there will be a Ryan-free environment for Season 10! I couldn't be happier to see anyone go away!

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