No, I certainly don't hate free speech. But NCIS has gotten the message several hundred times (if not thousands), and repeating it isn't going to help. It was not their decision.
I'll reserve judgement until I see her and Michael together. But, if there's not chemistry, it's all over. I hear NCIS brought back the writer's from season 1. They were good. So we'll just have to wait and see. I have faith in you. No matter what, NCIS is still my favorite show. They had no control over Cote's choice, and it's time the fans understood that. This was Cote de Pablo's decision. Respect it.
Maureen, that's the way cable started out. We paid for it, so there were no commercials. Now look at it. It's all commercials. So, I can't help wondering exactly what we're paying for. I hope that doesn't happen to Netflix, but I'm not going to bet anything of value on it.
I hated to see Intelligence go. I just found it, and it was starting to get really good. I think one of the problems with these new shows is you don't give them enough time, and you try to keep them in one place. We 'the viewers' love to go places. Just like with NCIS. Sure, NCIS is based in DC, but each episode (unless a continuation) is individual, and they go to different places. France, Berlin, Italy, on a ship, to the beach, New Orleans, Idaho, and so forth. The plots are diverse and interesting, and with the cast of characters they have, they're lots of fun. I wish you'd given Intelligence a chance and fun, interesting scripts. I hope you don't make the mistake with Satisfaction. Matt Passmore is awesome and so much fun. I hate to see him cast in a serious role. Maybe the writers can lighten up the situation, even though it's an unsettling topic. We get enough seriousness with the news, media sites, and just going outside. We watch TV to escape all that.
NCIS New Orleans (NOLA) is the one, hands down. Such and exciting town and so many story opportunities.
I'm am really glad this got picked up. I really liked the pilot, and I can see so much potential in New Orleans, with the alligators, voodoo, swamps, the French Market, spooky plantations (some with ghosts), Bourbon Street, river boats, Irish bars, and the underwater museum (if it's still there). This is such an exciting town. So many story ideas. I am so looking forwards to this. Well done, CBS, and NCIS. Kudos Mark and Gary.
Sorry, this is going to be a little long. Dear Mr. Glasberg: I wanted to show you the contrast of what we’re now seeing as viewers as opposed to what we saw before. When NCIS started, you gave us four phenomenal men (Gibbs, Tony, Tim, Ducky) and Abby and Kate. Then later, Vance and Palmer. Abby, we all love. Perfect casting. Vance and Palmer have wormed their way into our hearts. Kate was beautiful, intelligent, and, although she could hold her own with the guys, she always had their backs. Tony drove her nuts, but their banter was witty and humorous. They were the brothers she never had. She would kill or die for any of them—and did. Then we moved on to Ziva. She was gorgeous, clever, dangerous, mysterious, and we loved to see her kick butt. Her relationship with Gibbs as a ‘father figure’ was extraordinary. She took Tim under her wing, but only Tony was brave enough to mess with her. He usually paid the price for it, too. But the wordplay and sexual tension between the two was remarkable. Now we have Bishop, a little county gal from Oklahoma who has a husband. She’s okay to look at, analytical, but easily intimidated, insecure and worrisome. When she does do something worthwhile, she doesn’t just except the deed as just part of the job, she’s all proud of herself and a little cocky, something no other team member would exhibit (except Tony who makes it work). She was better as a part-time analyst. She just doesn’t blend with our powerful team. Her friend Sophie Martinez might have been a better selection. She’s a female DiNozzo. Sophie is pretty and intelligent. She has spunk and sass, and she’s already butting heads with Tony. And all that came from one short scene. Also, I wanted to comment on the last episode (Shooter). I really liked it. I loved the way Leon put the JAG lawyer in his place. I liked how the two murders were but weren’t connected--and the twist with the kidneys at the end. Of course, Gibbs was awesome as always, Abby was superb with the homeless people, as was Tim when he went undercover. Tony has almost returned to the fearless agent, adorable flirt and smart-ass we love, but in this episode, he mostly babysat his tag along, Bishop (which takes away from his great character). I miss the fun that diluted the brutality of the crimes. But most of all, I really miss the action. In the last three episodes, the guys just walked up to the bad guys and arrested them. What happened to the hunt, the chase, explosions, the shootouts, and rewarding take-downs? I miss the real NCIS.
I have to agree with some of the others. Bishop does nothing for the other characters. She doesn't have a solid foundation. Kate and Ziva both bantered with the guys, especially Tony. The girls stood up to them, but not in a confrontational way. The girls just cleverly outsmarted them. But, all nonsense aside, they had each other's back. It was fun to watch. Now, it's like the spark has gone out of Tony He's always been so much fun when tangling with the gals. The spark has also gone out of Tim. He never seems enthusiastic anymore, or babbling in a language most of us don't understand. I do love the interaction between him and Delilah, but that seems to be coming to an end. Even Gibbs doesn't seem to enjoy himself so much anymore. You need a solid female, with a mysterious background, a quick wit, and undeniable loyalty. A character who stands up for herself, even with Gibbs sometimes. But in a good way. One who is fun and smart and a little bit temptress. One who fits this, unique team.
The character Bishop needs to be a real person. Right now she's a stick figure. Give her a deep dark secret and let it come back to bite her in the butt. Of course, she won't let anyone know what it is. Mystery. Give her a real personality. Not slapstick or corny. Just witty. Make her real. With real problems and real flaws. Make her likable (like the rest of the team).
I love the new spin offs--both of them. But you're not giving them enough time. We saw only 2 episodes of RED, then it was gone. We were just getting into the characters before it stopped. Why? Give us a chance. Don't make the same mistake with NOLA. You've got some good characters in NOLA, just as you had in RED. Give us a chance to know them, but don't take away our NCIS to do it. Oh, and by the way, every member of the NCIS team has a back story except Bishop.
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