Mid-Summer Field Report
As we’re less than six weeks away from the start of Season 7 of NCIS: Los Angeles, a quick update on what’s going on and what to expect.
As in prior seasons, episodes were shot at the end of Season 6 for the following season. One episode includes Michael Weatherly’s Very Special Agent Tony DiNozzo traveling to the Office of Special Project (Gibbs and McGee were there in the spring of 2009, Abby and Vance were there in the fall of 2009 and Vance made several other visits). It seems the former member of the Baltimore P.D. gets to know Detective Deeks:
Another episode has Chris O’Donnell directing a Frank Military-written episode. Sebastian Roche (Criminal Minds, Supernatural) is a guest star. Both of these episodes were finished in May 2015.
How the Cast Spent Their Summer Vacation:
Chris O’Donnell enjoyed the good life,
LL Cool J was on tour,
Daniela Ruah visited Portugal,
Eric Christian Olsen made a friend,
I just experienced one of the most humanity affirming moments of my adult life. I was waiting outside a restaurant for my to-go order DEEP in the shady part of Venice when 2 gangsters ran by, grabbed my iphone out of my hands, and kept running. Instinct (or too many years on a silly TV show) kicked in and I sprinted after them yelling, “motherfucker stole my phone!” I chased them for 2 blocks in my flips flops before kicking them off and continuing to sprint through the streets of Venice in my bare-feet. Then something AMAZING happened, people started running with me. First one guy…then two…and by block 5 we had three guys running with me, side by side, then two guys on bikes. At this point we had been running at a full sprint for probably 1/4 mile, and the gangsters were exhausted. As they ran into an alley we FUCKING CAUGHT THEM. The guy in the picture above (Dillinger) was on his beach cruiser, he jumped off it and yelled “You ain’t from here, you can’t pull that shit in Venice!” I (dying for oxygen) said "put the fucking phone down and walk away” Full blown Western Stand-off…these two gangsters looked at this crazy mob of 6 strangers…then one of them took the phone out of his pocket, put it on the trash can, and they both ran away. It's moments like these that make you believe in Humanity. Moments like these make you believe in the future of us all in the face of the unknown. People argue that we are corrupt as a species, that we are on the brink of Chaos, with the Lord of the Flies mentality waiting to tear us apart. But then this: 5 complete strangers, different in race, ethnicity, and age, came to the aide of a man that they had never met, ran through the streets of Venice with him, chased down gangsters with him, and made the world right again. That's fucking beautiful. I was so jacked up on Adrenaline, The only picture i got was of me and Dillinger. You are a beautiful man sir, and i applaud your soul.
Barrett Foa grew a beard,
Renee Felice Smith met Fitz,
Miguel Ferrer traveled,
Linda Hunt is not on social media but remains awesome (and Hetty-like by enjoying a stealthy summer).
Back to Work:
Filming resumed on July 24th. The episode shot will be the Season 7 premiere and has been called “Active Measures” in several media reports. In real life, active measures are a Russian spy technique where a political opponent is the victim of a propaganda and disinformation campaign to cause instability and dissent. This move works against governments, institutions and individuals. Season 6 ended with Russians and maybe Season 7 begins with Russians.
TV Guide is reporting that the season opens three months after the season finale with Callen in possession of some intel from a person from his past (Arkady seems to be the go-to-guy for info about Callen’s past– could he be back?). Callen investigates covertly and drops off the grid much to the dismay of Hetty and Sam. The team is ordered to bring Callen home. R. Scott Gemmill wrote the episode, John Peter Kousakis directed.
Photos of Chris O’Donnell in recent days feature a return of the angelic bathmat so “off the grid” includes no razors. Kensi and Deeks seem to be together with first day of filming photos showing a fun morning run/bike ride.
Also appearing in the episode is a now recovered Vostanik Sabatino.
The second episode of the season made news over the weekend as Pamela Reed appears as Marty Deeks’s mother. Reed has played several moms recently: Leslie Knope’s mom on Parks and Recreation, Eli Stone’s mom on Eli Stone and Jake Green’s mom on Jericho. So Deeks’ siblings include Amy Poehler, Jonny Lee Miller and Skeet Ulrich– cool! Reed is a wonderful actress who moves from comedy to drama with ease. Her characters are always smart– a great choice for Mother Deeks.
The episode was written by Dave Kalstein, directed by Eric Laneuville, with the title “Citadel” (though it was called “Aegis” at one point). Photos from the episode include the return of Talia Del Campos as Mercedes Mason returns for her fourth episode in the three seasons.
While not necessarily happening in this episode, TV Guide is also reporting that the Internal Affairs investigation will come to an end “though not necessarily in a positive way.” Hmmmm… that doesn’t sound good. The end of the IA investigation will “be a catalyst for Deeks making decisions about his future,” according to Shane Brennan. Does he sign the papers Hetty gave him at the end of Season 2? Historical note: Ziva David moved from NCIS Mossad Liaison Officer to NCIS Agent in the beginning of Season 7 of NCIS.
James Hanlon will return to direct the third episode of Season 7. Production begins in the middle of August.
The big news will be episode four in Season 7– the 150th. Since 100 was about Callen’s search for his father, 150 could shed more light on what the program has in store for Callen. Daniel J. Travanti, who played Callen’s father in last season’s finale, is a terrific actor. Terrance O’Hara, a director with the series since the second episode, will be helming 150.
The TV Guide preview for the season ends on a very ominous note for Sam as he’s faced with the “greatest challenge of his entire life,” according to Shane Brennan. In the last six seasons, we’ve seen Sam watch helplessly as Callen is gunned down; work tirelessly to find Dom only to watch him take a fatal gunshot protecting Sam; lose Mo to a terrorist training camp and then a terrorist in prison; quit his job to save Hetty; romance a woman to gain access to her killer brother; watch his wife romance a Russian arms dealer; be beaten by angry tribal leaders from a village where Sam was given medical assistance as a SEAL; survive a drowning attempt only to be electrocuted; nearly be hit by a train full of toxic chemicals; nearly die rescuing Kensi; nearly drown in a sinking sub only to get free seconds before it is bombed; be framed for murder and finally, get shot in the chest and nearly killed by assassins dressed as nurses as he recovered. It’s been a rough few years for Sam and nobody needs a “greatest challenge” less than poor Agent Hanna.
Plans for the Fall:
The wonderful folks at wikiDeeks will once again allow me to ramble on endlessly about upcoming episodes the weekend before they air. Really looking forward to Season 7 and sharing the fun here!
With this report completed, I will be retrenched in my beach chair watching the ocean come in and go out. It is a tough assignment but one I perform proudly. See you in September!
Tess DiCorsi is a wikiDeeks contributor. You can read more by Tess HERE.