US Television Week ~ Returning Shows Part I

Earlier in the week I previewed some of the new shows that are debuting on American television in the next few weeks. As well as the new shows, there are a few old favourites that I like to watch, and I thought I’d round them up for you too. Please note that there may be spoilers if you aren’t up to date (on an American schedule) with any of these shows.

NCIS

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Last time we saw our favourite Naval Criminal Investigative team, they were being blown up by none other than Toby Ziegler Harper Dearing (played by Richard Schiff), apart from Ducky, who was having a heart attack on a beach. Because of the way that American television news gets reported, fans who keep their finger on the NCIS pulse probably already know that all the main stars of the series have signed new deals, so it’s unlikely that any of them are going to be departing in the season premiere. If you’re interested in a few teasers, there are some here and here. It looks as though Harper Dearing isn’t done with blowing things up, although I can’t imagine he will elude capture past the end of the opening episode.

I’m not sure what this season will bring, aside from exploring Abby’s adoption again, after we found out last year that she has a brother she didn’t know about. I don’t know if Tiva fans will finally get what they are looking for, or what the overall theme of the season will be. But I do know that I continue to love the number one scripted show on American television, and I will be sad when it inevitably comes to an end. Ten seasons is a massive achievement, and I do wonder if the creators are beginning to see an end in sight. Maybe not this year, but certainly within the next couple.

NCIS returns to CBS on Tuesday 25th September at 9PM. FX shows it in the UK, and will probably air the new series in the new year.

NCIS: Los Angeles

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NCIS: Los Angeles had a bit of a sticky ending. Callen went rogue and killed the Chameleon, in front of people and television cameras, and ended the episode being bundled into a police car. Hetty resigned (again), following the deaths of a couple of agents. All I know is that there is no way in the world that Chris O’Donnell isn’t returning for another season, so we should probably expect all of that business to be cleared up within the first episode. My guess is that the murder was set up somehow, that it possibly wasn’t even a murder at all, but a faked death. I don’t know exactly, but I know that we aren’t going to be visiting Callen in prison for too long. As for Hetty, I don’t know. She has been seen in promo pics on a yacht, so she’s definitely back. I wouldn’t be overly sad if she wasn’t back, but I think she probably is. I would just hope that we don’t yet another season with her resigning, because it’s getting a bit old!

As you can see from the photo above, we are also going to find out what the team have been up to over the summer. Deeks has been on a camel, obviously. Apparently episode two is a good one, great for Kensi and Deeks fans, and really funny. Also, later in the series, we have some mums on the show! LL Cool J, Daniela Ruah, Chris O’Donnell and Eric Christian Olsen have their mums in an episode!

NCIS: Los Angeles returns to CBS on Tuesday 25th September at 10PM. It will be aired on Sky 1 in the UK at a later date.

Criminal Minds

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No cliffhanger at the end of the last season of Criminal Minds; instead we had a wedding and a departure. Prentiss leaving has left a gap on the team, and it’s filled by Jeanne Tripplehorn, playing Alex Blake. I think I’m going to be happy with this, I loved Prentiss and I hated to see her go, but I am hopeful that Alex (Blake? What will we call her) will be great. She’s a linguistics expert who has a past (not a romantic one) with Reid, so I think she’ll fit in well.

Talking of Reid and romance, apparently he is set to have a love story this year. Morgan fans will be moaning, because yet again Reid seems to have a storyline where their favourite action man doesn’t, but as I don’t really like Morgan, I don’t mind. Bellamy Young, who played Hotch’s lady friend Beth, has been promoted to series regular on Scandal (more on that tomorrow), so she is making a couple more appearances to leave the show, though I hear that Beth will still be considered Hotch’s girlfriend for a while, she just won’t be around for it.

In other news, it seems as though we have another scary unsub this year, who is going to be hunting our beloved BAU team. As I mentioned to my friend Katy, Morgan and Rossi are expendable, nobody else is!

Criminal Minds returns to CBS on Wednesday 26th September at 9PM. Sky Living will air the new series in the UK at a later date.

I’ll be back tomorrow to look at Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and Happy Endings.

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