The idea of a JAG revival is something that has been talked about with regularity the past few months. It’s hard not to think about it given that David James Elliott and Catherine Bell are both appearing on NCIS: Los Angeles.
However, we don’t want to lure ourselves into a false sense of security here that something could happen. Nothing is confirmed and, beyond that, CBS has yet to even go on the record and say that they are developing a revival of any sort. We’ve looked as the Elliott/Bell returns almost as the network testing the waters for if something like this could happen. Their last military legal drama in The Code failed to capture much of an audience, and their fear may be that a new version of JAG would suffer the same fate. Yet, you can also argue that the key difference here is that with JAG, you are dealing with more of an established brand. It already has an audience and, with the show back in syndication, it could generate some buzz once more.
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To make matters even more enticing, it does seem as though Elliott himself is interested in coming back full-time. Speaking in a new interview with From the Desk of Kurt Manwaring, the actor made it clear that there are some interesting possibilities that a new show could present:
I never thought I would ever say this, but I would jump at the opportunity to bring Harm back to life again, especially in a new and different light such as playing the XO—or even CO—of a carrier and commander of the air wing.
It would make such an amazing show with where we are in the world today geopolitically and environmentally. There are countless story opportunities and so many personal stories to explore.
Given that Bell has another show right now in Good Witch over on the Hallmark Channel, we do think that it would be hard to envision a new 22-episode season. Yet, could a ten-episode revival be possible as either a midseason show or summer entity? We could see that happening, but the ball is totally going to be in CBS’ court on it.
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