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Dan Barrett is an industry commentator & TV critic. He does radio - 4BC & ABC GC and co-hosts the Screen Watching podcast. He's a former Mediaweek deputy editor and content creator for SBS.
Does NCIS have a new Mark Harmon?
What does a network do when it loses it's beloved star? It hires a different beloved TV star.
TV audiences love Mark Harmon. *I* love Mark Harmon. I'm sure you do too. He's one of the reasons why NCIS started out immediately as a hit show and has remained that way ever since. The show is one of the world's most-watched series. So, when Mark Harmon indicated that he wanted to leave the show, CBS considered just cancelling the series.
But Mark Harmon is a good guy. He didn't want to see people working on the show fired just because he wanted out. So he agreed to stick around. According to TV Line, Harmon has agreed to be in a limited number of episodes this season:
One insider close to the CBS procedural reveals of Harmon’s Season 19 episode count: “It’s going to be in the low single digits.” Another source says the actor will make only “a few” appearances throughout the season.
Today, it appears that CBS' post-Mark Harmon plan is taking shape with the hiring of Gary Cole as a regular.
TV audiences love Gary Cole. *I* love Gary Cole.
Unlike Harmon, Cole has never been the face of a hit TV show (St Elsewhere, Reasonable Doubts), but he's been a constant presence across TV and film for over 30 years - well-liked from roles in Veep, The Good Wife, The Good Fight, Family Guy, Office Space, Dodgeball, American Gothic, The West Wing, Suits, The Brady Bunch movies, Chicago Fire, and more. People don't necessarily know Gary Cole by name, but they absolutely know who he is by face.
Cole will play Special Agent Park. No further details are being released about his character. They're not publicly calling his character a replacement for Mark Harmon (why risk giving longtime viewers a reason to exit along with Harmon), but with Gary Cole leading the show for the majority of episodes this season, it's pretty clear what is going on here.
The Emmy Awards will now remove gender-specific terms from trophies handed out if the actor/actress/they/them requests. The term 'Performer' will be used. And that's all fine and respectful, but it seems strange in the context of it being such a gendered award to begin with. Source: CNN
Manifest has been officially cancelled after Netflix passed on picking up the series from NBC. Read: TV Line
Solar Opposites has been renewed for a fourth season. Read: The Wrap
The new Suicide Squad trailer (featured below in Trailer Park) makes it pretty clear the BIG bad guy in the film is kaiju monster Starro. You might be curious to why this is a hilariously dumb choice. Read about Starro: The Verge
Spanish language broadcaster Univision is set to launch a streaming service. Read: Variety
In casting news...
Brian Tyree Henry and Kate Mara will star in new sci-fi legal thriller Class of 09. Read: /Film
Glenn Close is joining the cast of the Apple TV+ drama Tehran for it's second season. Read: THR
Wanda Sykes is joining the cast of The Good Fight for it's fifth season. Read: Deadline
I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson returns to Netflix July 6.
The Suicide Squad debuts in cinemas and on HBO Max August 6.
What's next? Tomorrow.
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