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Posted on 2008.08.03 at 15:50


David Alexander McDonald (Steven E. McDonald)
wyldemusick at 2008-08-03 23:40 (UTC) (Link)
I like NCIS, but I suspect Pauley Perrette is about 77% of the reason. She's actually a mad Goth poet in her life outside of the show, too.

NCIS wobbles a lot unfortunately, and there's coming character drama of an eye-rolling kind on the way once Lauren Holly gets there. One fairly nice thing, though, is that the UST between Ziva and Tony mostly goes away in favor of a brother-sister thing that's sometimes quite funny, and sometimes quite touching.

As for Cait, the character was killed because the actress wanted off the show, and liked the idea of her character dying in the line of duty. Unfortunately, "Kill Ari" sucked as a storyline -- and I always found Ari to be annoying.

The end of the fourth season is when show co-creator Bellisario was booted off the production (well, agreed to leave due to tensions in the production office.)
ehowton at 2008-08-04 01:45 (UTC) (Link)
My wife enjoyed the sibling rivalry between Cait & Tony - moreso than what we're seeing now (Season 3) with Ziva, so that's good to know. And in trying to find the reason the character was killed (thank you very much) without wanting to gleen future spoilers (thanks again) I did happen upon the Bellisario angle and wonder if that is going to be the nail in its coffin for me. As far as why</> Sasha Alexander wanted off the show - any ideas? I greatly enjoyed her participation.
David Alexander McDonald (Steven E. McDonald)
wyldemusick at 2008-08-04 02:07 (UTC) (Link)
I tried to avoid spoilers... :)

Sasha Alexander wanted of the show because the workload was too heavy for her, basically, and she had a lot of difficulty coping with the physical demands of the action -- essentially just a bad fit between show and actress. There's never been any indication of bad blood between her any anyone else on the show.

Contrary to what might be expected, Bellisario's departure has actually helped the show in terms of what they're doing, and it gave them an opportunity to close out some storylines through the last season. I don't know whether you've come to that point yet, but there's a somewhat amusing (in the end) bit of meta in the series regarding Bellisario's tendency to hire his relatives for his shows -- the character of Chip is played by another of Bellisario's relatives (just as Tim McGee is), but his brief storyline is pretty much the other senior staff screwing with Bellisario.
ehowton at 2008-08-04 14:40 (UTC) (Link)
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