For every old-school JAG fan out there, NCIS: Los Angeles season 10 is delivering the goods!
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According to a report from TV Guide, David James Elliott will be returning for an arc near the end of this season as Harmon Rabb, Jr., the character who he first played on the long-running CBS series that first inspired the entire NCIS franchise. It’s crazy to think about how these shows today are so much bigger than JAG ever was, and sometimes, you can forget about the origin story as a result of that. Yet, Elliott appeared in more than 200 episodes as this character, someone who will be returning as an XO Captain on the USS Intrepid. Interestingly, this is the second time in the past week we’ve heard about an XO Captain on this franchise, as the crew of the USS Memphis played vital role on the recent NCIS episode “Silent Service” airing earlier this month.
So why is this happening? A part of it may just be the current connectivity between NCIS: Los Angeles and JAG in particular, given that R. Scott Gemmill, the showrunner of the current show, has a history working on the original, as well. Here’s some of what he had to say about this arc in a statement:
“I was really excited to get a chance to work with David again … I did the first 4 seasons of JAG with him so to be able to work together again in and of itself is great-but to do so with the same character… on our show… this many years later–that’s pretty damn amazing.”
Why doesn’t CBS ever revisit JAG?
We’ve actually wondered this for years now — given the success of the entire NCIS franchise, there’s a pretty strong case to be made for reviving the series that started it all and maybe bringing back just at least two or three of the characters that you had to see there. We know that CBS does have their new show The Code coming that has a few similarities, but a new JAG would make a little bit of sense and could actually cross over with any these shows. In general, the lack of big crossovers as of late has been disappointing given that the network has these three shows on the air and yet, there aren’t a whole lot of attempts to put them on a collision course. (We understand that it has to make a certain degree of sense for the story, but it still feels like there are ways for that to happen.)
The next new NCIS: Los Angeles episode is airing on CBS this weekend; remember to visit the link here to get some other insight all about it.
What do you think about David James Elliott heading over to the world of NCIS: Los Angeles at this point, and are there any other characters you’d like to see stop by? Share right now in the comments. (Photo: CBS.)