“I remember during the Gulf War, my father’s ship had just finished a deployment in in the Gulf and was on its way back when the war started in Kuwait,” Murray, 39, tells People. “They turned around and went back to the Gulf. I have this memory of being at home and watching Saddam Hussein on the television. He was saying
Just don’t tell series regular Duane Henry that he has been keeping a “low profile.”
“It’s not so much that, but…. I’m more what you call a ‘secret weapon,'” the affable English actor corrects with a wink and a laugh. “Pull me out when need be, because you don’t want to overwhelm people with my presence.”
VideosNCIS Sneak Peek: Maria Bello
NCIS isn’t messing around in its season 15 kick-off.
On Tuesday’s action-packed premiere, titled “House Divided,” the story picks up two months after the finale, and finds Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and McGee (Sean Murray) locked up, looking worse for wear, in a rebel prison in Paraguay. Though there were moments where their survival seemed dicey (see: their fistfight, which was later revealed to be part of a ruse), they came out the other end alive but ultimately scarred from their experience.
“It really hits the ground running,” Murray told Et of the premiere. “It’s quite an episode. We’ve never done anything like it.” The actor breaks down the biggest developments from Tuesday’s episode and talks Maria Bello’s impending introduction, as well as the show’s “renewed” focus.
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NCIS Season 15 premieres Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 8/7c on CBS, and it will pick up right where the finale left off with McGee (Sean Murray) and Gibbs (Mark
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Maria Bello has joined the cast of NCIS as a new series regular for season 15 and will be introduced in the fourth episode.
Bello will play an NCIS agent, described as "a positive force, mischievous and at times acerbic," who was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the army and served two tours in Afghanistan. After joining NCIS, she built her reputation as the agency’s premier forensic psychologist. Unlike the other agents, she can second guess and challenge Gibbs (Mark Harmon), so there will be friction but also mutual respect.
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“We have always been big fans of Maria Bello’s work and are excited to be introducing her as an agent who not only has a distinct talent, but also a unique relationship with Gibbs,” said NCIS executive producers George Schenck and Frank Cardea.
Bello joins Harmon
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