Title: “The Queens Gambit”
Airing: October 2, 2016
Filming: August 10th to August 18th with any Daniela Ruah scenes likely shot from July 8th to 18th.
What CBS is telling us: “The Queen’s Gambit” – The NCIS LA team investigates an abduction case while down two members, with Hetty being held in D.C. for questioning, and another still in the ICU following the mission in Syria, on NCIS: Los Angeles.
What we think is happening: We know who is in the ICU but CBS sent out this press release the Monday before the season premiere so they needed to keep their secrets, well, secret. Glad to have the title explained last week so I won’t be expecting the Queen family yacht from Arrow.
Be on the lookout: GUEST CAST:
Jackson Hurst as Under Secretary of Defense Corbin Duggan
Lisa Maley as Shu Chen
Both are back from the two-hour season eight premiere.
Laura Harring as Julia Feldman
While mentioned a number of times since season three, this is Julia’s first appearance since the final scene in “Blye, K” part two.
Alyssa Diaz as Jasmine Garcia
CBS summer drama fans – this is Dariela on Zoo. She also appears on Ray Donovan as Teresa and was on The Bridge as Lucy, Gloria on Army Wives, Kim on The Vampire Diaries, Jasmine on The Nine Lives of Chloe King and Celia Ortega on As The World Turns. Has had guest roles on the usual procedural dramas.
James Sayess as Gabriel Mir
Was an “Armed Lookout” in the “Lost in Translation” season 12 episode of NCIS. Had a guest role on CSI: Cyber and appeared in a number of short films.
Mayank Sexena as David Allen/Bryson Khan
Guest roles on The Fosters, How to Get Away with Murder, Dr. Jackie, Law & Order: SVU, The Following, White Collar and Gotham. Plays a lot of doctors.
Anne-Marie Johnson as Doctor Adams.
Oh my goodness, JAG’s Congresswoman Bobbie Latham has obviously given up politics for a medical career.
Johnson played Representative Latham on JAG from season three to season seven. She was Marine Col. Stacey Radcliffe on NCIS in the season five “Requiem” episode. She was also Donna Cabonna on That’s So Raven, Sharon Upton Farley on Girlfriends, Alysica Barnett on Melrose Place (1990’s), Althea Tibbs on In the Heat of the Night, Nadine Hudson Thomas on What’s Happening Now! and was a recurring performer on In Living Color.
Had guest roles on a large number of procedurals and family dramas in recent years.
James Shanklin as Secretary of Defense Curtis Oleksiuk
Was Captain Martin Strong in NCIS’s “The Inside Man” in season seven. Played Aaron Hatch on Hell on Wheels. Appeared in episodes of Grey’s Anatomy, Cold Case, Criminal Minds, State of Affairs, The Cleaner, Without A Trace, Desperate Housewives and CSI.
While most guest cast members have a photo taken with LL Cool J, one can never go wrong with a Linda Hunt photo:
Shannon Wilcox as Summer
Mrs. Roach in the “Enemy on the Hill” season nine episode of NCIS. Has been a working actress – mostly guest roles – back to the original Hawaii Five-0. Wilcox is the mother of Kelli Williams from The Practice and Lie to Me.
Katherine Kamhi as Samantha Rogers
Played Det. Hubbel in the ABC remake of Dragnet in 2003. Guest starred in episodes of Scorpion, Castle, Touch, Law & Order: LA, Medium, Bones, Parenthood, Ghost Whisperer, Without a Trace, Judging Amy, The Practice, NYPD Blue, Get a Life and Katie and Allie.
Mickey Shiloah as Resident
Was Reza on Mistresses this summer. Appeared an episodes of Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders and some short films.
Salem Mikhael as Ben Mir
Appeared in a few short films.
Anthony Ma as Young Worker
Is Alex on Before I Got Famous, was Pete on Scandal and appeared in episodes of Rosewood, The Mentalist, Castle and Shameless.
Written by: R. Scott Gemmill, who is three for three in season eight. Gemmill wrote or co-wrote “The Only Easy Day”, “Brimstone”, “Breach”, “LD50”, “Found”, “Borderline”, “Absolution”, “Archangel”, “Tin Soldiers”, “Impostors”, “Cyberthreat”, “Honor”, “The Watchers” and both sides of the NCIS Los: Angeles/Hawaii Five-0 “Touch of Death” episodes, “Recruit”, “Free Ride”, “Wanted”, “Ravens and The Swans”, “Impact”, “War Cries”, both ends of the “Deep Trouble” season five finale/season six premiere, “Inelegant Heart”, “Praesidium”, “Traitor”, “Active Measures”, “Blame It On Rio”, “Internal Affairs”, “Matryoshka” part one, “Talion”, “High Value Target” and “Belly of the Beast”.
Directed by: Dennis Smith. who directed “Fame”, “Standoff”, “Rocket Man”, “Cyberthreat”, “Exit Strategy”, “Patriot Acts”, “Out of the Past” part one, “The Livelong Day”, “Between the Lines”, “Deep Trouble” part two, “Black Budget”, “Black Wind”, “Blame it On Rio”, “Defectors”, “Matryoshka” part one and “Granger, O”.
Official Photographic Evidence: Seat42f has them here, complete with a little Action!Nell.
Maybe that is Oliver Queen’s old yacht.
I think you can see LL Cool J’s red henley against the window.
Renee Felice Smith happy to be with Barrett Foa, Miguel Ferrer and director Dennis Smith.
The usual “Have your picture taken with LL Cool J” photo.
Alyssa Diaz with her director.
Alyssa Diaz with her stunt double.
Sneak Peek #1 is a reminder that the Ladies Love Cool James:
Sneak Peek #2 is action packed:
Sneak Peek #3 is quiet and sad:
Possible Sports Related Delays:
CBS has only one late game – Denver at Tampa Bay – but there will be delays in a number of cities including New York, Chicago, most of the state of Florida (except Miami and West Palm Beach), Atlanta, Detroit, Charlotte, to name a few. The 506 Sports website has a map of the US and the games that will be broadcast each area. Here’s the link – the late game is in green on the CBS map.
While the program went right into producing episode four, we have to wait an extra week. The US Presidential Debates means a week off for the program but Mr. Tunell, keeper of the production calendar, was good enough to tip off the episode four title. Be back before the 16th’s “Black Market”.
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