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The Whole NCIS Gang Will Be Back Next Season

... We can finally start to enjoy our television off-season, now that the hugest of all huge weights has been lifted off our backs. After weeks of negotiations with CBS, the entire cast of NCIS will be back for next season (at least in some capacity). Sean Murray was the final member of the team to sign a deal, putting his John Hancock on a multi-year contract with the show. However, negotiations between myself and CBS are still ongoing. Will I be back tomorrow? Find out in the next edition of TV.com's... News Briefs! [EW]

... Summer programming means meaningful news is sparse, so let's take a look at the ratings, shall we? The Bachelorette remains a warm commodity this offseason as last night's ep took the lead spot with 8.2 million viewers and a 2.7 rating among adults, propelling ABC to victory for the night. CBS was snugly in second with repeats, and Fox limped to third with original episodes of Lie to Me (5.9 million, 1.8) and soon-to-be-canceled new series The Good Guys (4.3 million, 1.2). NBC also aired some stuff, most of which wasn't watched by anyone. [The Live Feed]

... If you need more proof that SyFy determines the plots for its Saturday night made-for-TV movies by throwing darts at index cards inscribed with words like "Octopus," "Shark," "Mega," and "Centipede," listen to this. The network is asking fans to help construct ideas for an upcoming film through a new website by choosing between three main concepts and pitching ideas for everything from creatures to character deaths. This can only end awesomely. MegaCentiSharktopus From Spaaaaace![THR]

... Glee is bringing on a major mega-super-duper star as a recurring cast member next season! Gleeks, get ready for... Charice" Yeah, I didn't know who she was either, but apparently she's huge in the Philippines. She'll play a foreign exchange student who becomes Rachel's rival. And then everyone will sing some popular song. And then the fans will buy the CD. [EW]

... Miley Cyrus is growing up. [TMZ]


... Jake and Vienna have called it quits! If you know who Jake and Vienna are, then you probably already knew this. For everyone else, they're last season's The Bachelor couple. Failed reality TV romances are never easy to deal with. If you need counseling in this time of grief, I recommend a 12-piece bucket of KFC and a gallon of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream. [OK!]

... Criminal Minds is trimming its cast, particularly when it comes to those cast members who don't have penises. A.J. Cook's option has not been picked up, meaning she's a goner, and Paget Brewster has been asked to return in a very reduced role. Kristen Vangsness will remain on the show, making her the only full-time female cast member. Fans are upset (maybe not as upset as this lady), but CBS says the decision is purely creative and a way to "refresh" the series. Do you agree? [Deadline Hollywood]


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As a UK resident and lover of NCIS why can't the 'show makers' adopt an American phrase.

That being 'if it ain't broke,why try and fix it'.....

Ok I understand that the show would need to be 'tweaked' every so often,but now all the major players are in,it's now up to the script writers of the show.....!!!!!!
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I hadn't read this before, and I know it's already too late, but it is absolutely unfair to cut/reduce roles of 2/3 female roles in a series (Crim. minds). It's simply sexism, which isn't right.
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I am so glad that NCIS full cast will be back next year. I don't think that I have a character that I dislike. they are all wonderful... ziva is AWESOME, she really kicks ass ... I can't imagine the series without her. I am with truckinpop11, Vance is a great addition to the show, the interaction of the other characters with vance is amazing. Sean, unlike Tori Spelling, should be on the show because his character is funny and the actor does a good job so |I don;t think he is on the show because of his stepfather.

Mark, Michael, Pauley they do an excellent job as always. and ducky is excellent, he expends our knowledge with references and quotes. the whole cast is excellent, the show is excellent so I am very glad to see them in September and ziva to kick some ass.
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ok, now I can breath with NCIS. Everyone is back so good job.

Now, what is going on with Criminal Minds? That one is to good to mess with it either.

CSI just needs to come up with new material, instead of so many reruns.
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For the idget that thinks that it is a no brainer that Sean Murray would be back because Donald Bellisario is his step father should know that he hasn't been on the set since the end of season what 4 or 5. He is only EP by name not works. He left the show due to scheduling and scripting problems. The remaining family left the end of season 6. Keep on top of things if you are going to make snide comments about people. Sean was signed because he is a good actor and an important part of the show. The entire cast is needed in order to maintain the quality of the show and I am sure the people of CBS power understood that. Now if they have signed Brian for a permanent spot, they have done some good work. Mark Harmon rocks the show. I like Vance at the helm of the agency a lot better than Jenny. She only used her past sexual exploits with Gibbs to undermine him instead of helping the team. I like to dislike Vance. They need more Joe Spano interaction with Harmon too. Love the dynamics between them growing over the years.
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WTF does it mean when its says about NCIS (at least in some capacity) the whole cast will be back? Who is gitting less camera time? I hope its director Vance!
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CBS leave "Criminal Minds" as it is. Do you want to say money? End the boring "CSI", paye less to that bad actor called David Caruso but leave talented actresses alone.
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I love Lie to Me and The Good Guys ~ are you serious

about a possible cancellation??! I certainly hope not.
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I'm just glad that NCIS is coming back strong. CBS

is dinking around with so many shows, who knows what the powers that be will do next. No-brainer on the Sean Murray return; Stepdaddy is the producer (married to his mommy)so his influence would be felt in all areas. If McGee had not returned for this season, no great loss. His character was the least

likeable of them all, with his constant posing, petulance and whining. The rest of the cast is perfect, and could not be better!!
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Criminal Minds is fine the way it is! I would have liked MORE Paget Brewster, actually. AJ I saw happening, and they have the perfect opportunity with the baby Henry-storyline. Since they exchanged Gideon for Rossi, they took a down turn already. Do you think they WANT to be canceled? As in, had enough of it, won't be the ones to kill a great show... let's make it as unworkable as possible?
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@zwixxx It's DiNozzo, not DiNozzy.
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No JJ (AJ Cook), no Criminal Minds for me... And if Emily Prentiss (Paget Brewster) is gone too, they might as well cancel the show. Which is sad because it's a great show!
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Did McGee take so long because he was holding out for a "DiNozzy won't keep slapping me" clause. :)



Bye Bye AJ Cook means a possible bye-bye Criminal Minds. With a show that goes into such deep dark places it was nice to have AJ to kinda balance things out.



Glee - much as I love the main girls singing voice, could the ptb turn her down just a tad. In the finale she blasted away the rest of her singing 'partners' making them almost unhearable.
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This is NONSENSE !!!! Why are they doing this to the female castmembers ??? CBS should know that JJ and Prentiss are really amazing characters - personally they're my favorite characters - and that they're doing a HUGE mistake here ! But we'll see next September ; if they lose audience as each episode airs, I hope they won't be surprised : we'll have warned them...
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This is NONSENSE !!!! Why are they doing this to the female castmembers ??? CBS should know that JJ and Prentiss are really amazing characters - personally they're my favorite characters - and that they're doing a HUGE mistake here ! But we'll see next September ; if they lose audience as each episode airs, I hope they won't be surprised : we'll have warned them...
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soooo happy about the NCIS gang though! cant wait for next season :D
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i cant believe what they're doing with criminal minds. bunch of misogynistic tight asses. this will be the beginning of the end of the show. JJ & Emily are awesome. please SIGN THE PETITION.... http://www.petitiononline.com/cmwomen/
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Criminals Minds changing of cast is VERY BAD!!! This is really not to refresh it, but only the beginning of the end of the show. If they cost too much then it is time to end the show!!! The problem is not the cast but the responsible people for the show! Maybe they hare too expensive.....
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There was no doubt the NCIS gang would sign new contracts - Why the hell wouldn't they??? As for the CI thing I've said it elsewhere - What a CROC they can't even get close to explaining where JJ has gone to - She wasn't dead in the last season final so there's no way they can explain it without making themselves look like complete Jacka@@ES.
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Charice Pempengco = awesome :D and I hope The Good Guys doesn't get cancelled right away :/
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The Good Guys is funny! Yay for NCIS - super scared and excited for next season - what will happen to Gibbs!? Yay Glee, and Lie to Me is so interesting from a scientific and psychological point of view - I love it!
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what was wrong with Criminal Minds SERIOUSLY ... they have to muddle it all up by taking out 2 of the women characters .... doesn't CBS realize that most of their fan base are women and we like the connections that these people have please tell CBS not to mess with the characters unless they are planning on putting them into the spinoff to help it off but they dont need to do that if they use the same characters as on the epside that they were introduced on then those characters can stand on their own and i will watch it for sure ... thanks
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Yay for NCIS! Now we can expect another great season.
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SyFy needs help..
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Criminal Minds doesn't need a refresh, A. J. Cook has been on since the beginning, and shouldn't leave now. Both the replacement characters on the show so far have been similar to the characters they replaced, 1) long time profiler who is returning to the game after a break 2) 30+ female brunette profiler, so if they continue the pattern, we'll have a blonde and a brunette woman join the cast next season.
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NCIS news = Great, SyfY news = Lol, Miley Cyrus news = mildly disturbing and Criminal Minds news = bad.
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How can CBS by smart enough to resign all of the NCIS cast and at the same time be stupid enough to let AJ and Paget go. Neither show needs a refresh. Just admit that Charlie Sheen runs your network and you're misogynistic "star" is draining all your money
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I'm very upset about Criminal Minds. Did CBS not learn anything from when AJ Cook left briefly when she had her kid? They replaced her character then, and the only consolation with the replacement was that it was only temporary. And though Paget Brewster's character was also a replacement for a different actress who left, I think she worked very well and now adds a lot to the mix. I just don't understand why CBS doesn't cut out some of the men, instead, to make it more even? Just going by the cliff-hanger in the finale this year, it would be more understandable if Morgan needed some down time. Or Hotch can pull back a bit since he had that whole storyline with his family. And Rossi doesn't do much anyway. Just some suggestions, CBS...
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Sorry to hear about AJ and Paget I hope that their absence will not hurt the show
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glad everyone on NCIS will be back
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Oh, come on, Miley Cirus' outfit isn't that revealing. It is legal for 17 year olds to wear bikinis, you know? It is, however, awfully ugly and it makes me want to gouge my eyes out with a rusty spoon.
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im very happy about the ncis crew all coming back next season thats for sure, but about cbs getting rid of a.j and paget makes me mad rlly mad if cbs needs money then why dont they get rid of the spinoff of criminal minds and just keep the original criminal minds.
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I don't get why they are getting rid of A.J.'s character in Criminal Minds and giving Paget a reduced role... it doesn't make much sense! Sure Kristen is the best and I'm really glad Penelope will be back as a full time character, but I really liked Prentiss and J.J. too... :(
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Well, I really like A.J. and Paget's character in the series, and i'll be very upset if they don't come back... Still, I'm glad that Kristen's character, Penelope Garcia is on the show as a full-time character.
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Thanks for the update on NCIS! I love that show and would hate to see anyone go.
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WTF CRIMINAL MINDS?? Why is JJ a goner? I love her. Although Garcia is the best, but still. And why are we limiting Prentiss? Total fail.
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*shakes head at Tim's antics, moves on* I'm glad to see Sean Murray has signed a new contract with NCIS. The show wouldn't be the same without the whole team. I hope you're kidding about The Good Guys. I first saw Charice when she was on David Foster's special on PBS. I guess she's huge on the Internet. She will be a good guest star for Glee.
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