It’s official — the NCIS: Los Angeles season 10 finale is going to be a JAG reunion virtually like no other!
Recently, we reported that David James Elliott is going to be appearing for a small arc at the end of season 10 as Harmon Rabb Jr — now, we can confirm Catherine Bell’s appearance in the finale. It’s a chance to bring these two characters back together in a way that hasn’t quite happened since when JAG was last on the air, and we think that this is an appearance that will mean a lot to a number of old-school franchise fans. Here’s a crazy thing to think about — JAG first started its run back in 1995 so basically, this franchise has been a part of our lives for almost 24 years! (Another crazy thing to think about is that JAG originally aired on NBC: imagine what that network could’ve had if they’d opted to keep the show.)
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Per TVLine, here is what NCIS: Los Angeles showrunner R. Scott Gemmill (who has experience working on JAG as well) had to say about bringing Bell on board:
“Catherine’s ‘Mac’ was a strong, smart woman who held her own, and then some, in a male dominated world … Her character paved the way for other strong female leads. Not only is it great to be working together again as friends, but to be able to write for Catherine and have her same character interact with our NCIS: Los Angeles characters now, that’s wonderfully surreal. It feels like everything has come full circle.”
This isn’t the first time that we’ve seen a JAG cast member appear on this franchise. As a matter of fact, John M. Jackson has appeared in multiple episodes of NCIS: LA as his old character of Rear Admiral Chegwidden. Meanwhile, Patrick Labyorteaux has also appeared on NCIS proper as Bud Roberts.
We do wonder, somewhere within our heart of hearts, whether or not this is all gearing up for a potential JAG revival. Wouldn’t that be fun? It would, but it’s also fairly unlikely when you consider for a moment that CBS already has another show coming up in The Code that has a lot in common with JAG. They may not feel the need for both, and we like to think that we would’ve heard about a potential JAG revival at this point in pilot season if one was actually going to be made. We’re thinking of these appearances more as a treat to longtime JAG fans more so than something that for sure is giving a green light for a revival down the line. Consider this us trying our best to temper all excitement, at least for the time being.
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