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Series premiere: NCIS: Los Angeles

In television on 09/22/2009 at 7:08 am

Series name
NCIS: Los Angeles

Debuts
Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS and Global

Regularly airs
Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on CBS and Global

Premise
Spinoff to the Mark Harmon-led navy-ish crime procedural NCIS.

Primary cast and crew
Chris O’Donnell (Grey’s Anatomy, Head Cases) is Special Agent “G” Callen, soft-spoken boss.
LL Cool J (In the House) is Special Agent Sam Hanna, action man with many cool gadgets.
Linda Hunt (The Unit, Without a Trace) is Hetty Lange, boss woman.

Buzz buzz
LL Cool J wrote a song for the show. Here’s the vid for NCIS: No Crew Is Superior.

But what do I know anyway? After having seen the pilot I declare …
The original NCIS never really did it for me. This feels a little weaker and while I’m sure it will grown in confidence and story vigour, I won’t be there to see it. Cool gadgetry though.

Other reviews
N.Y. Daily News’ David Hinckley says it’s not bad, but not quite there yet.

Barry Garron gets in a good line, saying in the Hollywood Reporter that NCIS Los Angeles “is little more than an updated version of The A-Team of the 1980s”. Snap.

Official website
Basic, with some videos that play for Canadian IP addresses and others — music vid by LL Cool J — that don’t. Lame, hard to advance gallery of set photos.

Twitter
Strictly promotion for the show, but there was a link to a making-of LL’s new video, NCIS: No Crew is Superior which was … back at the show’s site and still blocked. Jaysus.

Facebook
Lots of ooey-gooey fan gushing.

Wondering when the other new series and returning series are kicking off?
Click here for my select list of fall 2009 premieres and other important dates. Who am I to tell you what to do, but you could consider bookmarking it…

— Denise Duguay

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