Chris O'Donnell confirmed for NCIS spinoff

It's not exactly surprising, but it is official. Chris O'Donnell will lead the newest Naval Criminal Investigative Service after all. The star of Scent of a Woman has finalized his deal to be the lead in CBS' NCIS spinoff, says The Hollywood Reporter.

As previously reported, O'Donnell will play NCIS agent Callen, a legend in the field and leader of the new squad. He'll be joined by LL Cool J, who plays a former Navy SEAL, and Louise Lombard, Peter Cambor, and Daniela Ruah. All the characters will be introduced in an episode of NCIS later this year, with the series expected to take off on its own next fall.

Over at Grey's Anatomy, recurring actress Jessica Capshaw has been bumped up to a more major role with the possibility of becoming a regular next season, reports EW.com. Capshaw plays Arizona Robbins (where do they come up with these names?), the lesbian girlfriend of Callie, and was originally supposed to only be on for a handful of episodes. With the move, ABC proves to its critics that a lesbian storyline wasn't at the heart of the controversial firing of actress Brooke Smith, or maybe that's exactly what they want you to think!

Bill Lawrence (creator of Scrubs) has fleshed out his cast for Cougar Town, with Busy Phillips, Dan Byrd, and Brian Van Holt joining lead Courteney Cox. In the show, Cox plays a 40-something mom who is newly single. Phillips, recently seen in He's Just Not That Into You, will play Cox's friend and co-worker. Byrd, a TV.com favorite as the star of Aliens in America and Sylar's sidekick in Heroes, will play Cox's son. Van Holt (John From Cincinnati) will play Cox's ex-husband and father to Byrd's character.

Finally, Brittany Snow (American Dreams) has been cast as the young Lily van der Woodsen in the forthcoming Gossip Girl spinoff/prequel. The show will have its groundwork laid on the May 11 episode of Gossip Girl, and will be part of the CW's 2009-2010 fall schedule if the network's executives have their heads screwed on straight.

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Arizona is a great character... I love NCIS... but a spin-off??? i dont know
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Why are they making a spin-off of NCIS?!? And with Chris O'Donnell? Sorry but I've never reallly liked him in anything. And I TOTALLY have to agree with other posters in saying that I only watch NCIS for the cast and all the amazing chemistry they have! There is no NCIS without Gibbs and the team. CBS can put as many big name actors as they want in this show, but I still think it's a HORRIBLE idea! And they better not get rid of the current NCIS!!!!
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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! to put it simply :X
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Oh GROSS. I've never liked Chris O'Donnell. He's just awful. I will not be watching this show because of O'Donnell.
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I love NCIS, and each of the characters in it, but will be looking forward to a spinoff as long as they don't stop NCIS. Sounds like some strong characters will be on the new show.
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I agree that NCIS is all about cast chemistry, i'm not sure fans will like a spinoff of their favourite team. I'm pretty sure i won't like it.
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Isn't NCIS a spinoff of JAG? now it has a spinoff??? ok too many spinoffs!
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I'm quite curious how the cast of the NCIS spin-off will fit together. This show will be made or un-made by the cast chemistry. Nobody - or hardly anybody - actually watches NCIS for the cases, people just love Gibbs' team :)
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I love Louise Lombard, but it's hard to imagine NCIS without Tony, Ziva and McGee. Plus, LL Cool J and Chris O'Donnell are big names, and they will probably demand all the storylines, which is not cool.
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cool nice to see Snow back on tv i guess ill watch dont really like gossip girl tho
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They really doing spin offs aren't they?
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Is this really necessary?
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You have GOT to be kidding me! An NCIS spinoff? What for? What's wrong with the existing NCIS? BAH... I'll keep a relatively open mind about it for now. As long as they keep the original NCIS on air then I'm happy. It's not NCIS without Gibbs, Tony and McGee. Ziva is really good but she's replaceable =P Sorry to all the Ziva fans! And wtf?! Chris O'Donnell? ..... *sigh* We will see.
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I love NCIS but because of the current cast, (is NCIS still NCIS without Gibbs?!) not sure whether O'Donnell can pull it off. Love LL Cool J though so look forward to seeing him.
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While I haven't been able to get into NCIS, I would definately watch the spin off now that Chris o Donnell has signed on. I loved Louise Lombard from her days on CSI and I'm glad to see her back on TV.
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NCIS spin-off, eh, could have potential, maybe not. Is this gonna be like NCIS....some city? Sort of like the CSI spin-offs?
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im iffy about the idea for a NCIS spin-off but the cast looks good.
happy for britney snow she'll play a great lily
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A spin-off for NCIS? What for?
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Great news about O'Donnell!!!
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I'm unsure about the NCIS spin-off, but I'll keep an open mind. So far, I know I like 3 of the actors (Chris O'Donnell, LL, and Louise Lombard). Just have to see what happens.
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I'm still thinking about that NCIS spin-off...still unsure...
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Apparently The CW was listening to these boards cause I heard a lot of people saying Brittany Snow would make a good Lilly... I personally didn't see it, but I liked her in John Tucker Must Die and Hairspray.
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I love Jessica Capshaw in Grey's Anatomy I hope she becomes a regular next season!! I also love Dan Byrd in his role in Heroes next to Sylar.
I will definitely watch this new show Cougar Town. It has a great cast!
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Firetears: Have you seen Little Mosque on the Prairie? It's even better...
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Every time I hear the words "Alien in America" that empty void in my heart grows bigger. God, I miss that show!
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