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Thursday, July 23, 2009


(Pic: The whacky Abby handcuffs Gibbs to herself to ensure he doesn’t escape to retirement again!)

Naval Criminal Investigative Service series back on the box for compelling viewing!

One of artSMart’s favourite television programme, NCIS is back on the box on the Hallmark Channel and offers compelling viewing with excellent performances all round. The series successfully offers a fast-moving, clever script imbued with much wry humour which has seen the series extremely well received in the US and abroad.

Headed by top notch NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon), a former Marine gunnery sergeant and a man of few words, the team comprises Anthony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly) whose focus can easily stray to the ladies; the wonderful wild and wacky Abby Sciuto (Pauley Perrette); the endearingly naive computer whizzkid Timothy McGee (Sean Murray) and the feisty former Mossad agent Ziva (Cote de Pablo) who was awarded Best Supporting Actress at the 2006 Imagen Awards for her role in NCIS. The team also includes the inimitable David McCallum (who shot to fame in his early days in The Man from UNCLE) as the forensic scientist Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard.

From murder and espionage to terrorism and stolen submarines, these special agents travel the globe to investigate all crimes with Navy or Marine Corps ties.

The third season of NCIS ended with the dramatic retirement of Leroy Jethro Gibbs.

Known as the Season of Secrets, the fourth season opens to find the team under a new leader, Anthony DiNozzo, in a frantic mission to prove Ziva David’s innocence following a political assassination tied to the Mossad. There’s only one person who can sort out this complicated and dangerous situation!

Gibbs responds to the call for help and the fur starts flying in the office and out in the field as he reassumes control!

Behind the camera, NCIS welcomes three television veterans to the writing and producing staff. Nell Scovell (Monk, Charmed, Sabrina, The Teenage Witch), Shane Brennan (CSI: Miami, One Tree Hill) and Robert Palm (Law & Order) will serve as consulting producers and writers for the series. Steve Kriozere will also serve as a co-producer and writer for the show.

NCIS runs on Wednesdays at 21h00 on the Hallmark Channel on DStv.