1) ALL primary characters signed new 2-yr contracts. Not gonna kill off someone then pay them for 2 yrs, even in H'wood. 2) Harmon is taking on more behind the camera duties, especially with NCISNO, so we will most likely see less of him and more of Weatherly. 3) Gibbs is a veteran of many war zones--does ANYONE really think he would venture out without a vest on? He'll need time to "recuperate" from the leg shot, but center mass shot will just leave bruising and surface blood from impact. Finally, after this many years, the writers are jonesing to do SOMETHING to relieve THEIR boredom, so look for a LOT of stuff outside the box NCIS was built to be. Unfortunately, a lot of long term, really great shows get to this point and kinda self-destruct....see CSI franchises--only one left is CSICyber and, frankly, it sux.
Has Hollywood degenerated to such creative sterility and barreness that re-boots are the only thing they can come up with???? Actually thinking ANYONE could step into Angela Lansburys' iconic Jessica Fletcher or Raymond Burrs' equally iconic Ironsides is bad enough. All of the fairy tale drivel that abounds is just as pathetic. I loved Charmed in its original incarnation (especially after Doherty left) and watch re-runs quite often. I'm glad the original ladies aren't thrilled either. No damned wonder TV viewership is in the dumpster.
OK--I've pretty much had it with this story line. I do not like the resurrected Annie, I do not like the empty, soul-less caricatures the writers have turned ALL of the characters(even Auggie) into and I am REALLY tired of Henry and his ugliness. It's bad enough knowing there are MANY "Henrys" in our govt...I just don't need one in my face in what WAS one of my few guilty pleasures. Maybe I'll check back in at the season finale to see if it's still the same grim garbage....then again, maybe I won't.
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