NCIS Promotes Brian Dietzen to Series Regular

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NCIS fans have finally gotten their wish: Brian Dietzen will appear in the opening credits!

Having already been a regular for years as far as viewers are concerned, the actor earned a long overdue promotion this week and was granted series regular status on TV's most-watched drama.

Looks like Palmer not only survives, but will have an even bigger role in NCIS Season 10.

Jim Palmer Photo

“I’m very excited,” Dietzen, who plays lovable assistant medical examiner Jimmy, tells EW of his new deal. “After eight years of being with the show, I got a contract with CBS, and I couldn’t be happier about it.”

The promotion, says Dietzen, could indicate Palmer’s increased responsibilities next year, especially in light of Ducky’s heart attack in the Season 9 finale, which ended with Palmer’s whereabouts quite unclear.

“As far as I know I’m safe, and a contract is a good thing to indicate that,” he says.

Indeed. Regarding the end of his years-long absence from the opening credits, he adds, “I believe this year my name will be up at the front of the credits with everyone, so we’ll have the full team at the front. [For my featured shot], I’m hoping I can put on a wig with some long hair and run topless across the beach ... something subtle but still classy.”

If only. Congratulations, Brian!

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