‘NCIS’ keeps Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette for seasons 10-11

NCIS” remained TV’s most-watched scripted show throughout last year, and the good news is that it is making sure to keep its core cast around for at least a little while longer.

According to Deadline, three of the leads whose fate was still in the air following an explosion during the season 9 finale — including Pauley Perrette, Michael Weatherly, and Sean Murray — have each inked new two-year contracts that will keep them as a part of the CBS hit until season 11 wraps in 2014. This means that by the time their contracts are up again, Perrette and Weatherly will have each starred in over 250 episodes of the show. That’s astounding for any drama series, especially in this modern era where many tend to either die off or overhaul their cast at some point during their run.

It is really this high level of consistency that has allowed “NCIS” to be so successful since it was first put on the air back in 2005. We have grown over time to get to know the characters, and the actors have all been kind enough to the fans to stay on board for most of its run rather than fleeing to work on other projects. You know what else this is a sign of? A well-run set where actors and crew members are happy to go to work.

Following the end of season 10, there will be more contract talks with some of the other stars as they work to see if a season 11 will happen — but based on everything that we are hearing, there is no intent for the show to wrap up airing in this coming year. “NCIS” really only started to hit its prime in the ratings over a half a decade after it was on the air, and there’s no sign of it creatively slowing down.

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