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Mark Harmon, star of CBS‚Äô ‚ÄúNCIS,‚ÄĚ says filming the 200th episode that will air Tuesday night wasn‚Äôt any big mile marker.
‚ÄúThere was a cake and there were speeches and we all went back to work,‚ÄĚ said Harmon. Michael Kors Fashion ‚ÄúAnd then we‚Äôll be [filming] 201 and next week we‚Äôll start 202.‚ÄĚ
The producers, however, say the 200th means a little more than that. They‚Äôre using the anniversary show to reflect on what‚Äôs happened over the past nine years.
And some of what didn‚Äôt happen.
Harmon himself is deliberately being a little blas√©, considering that ‚ÄúNCIS‚ÄĚ has a rare and pleasant distinction these days: It‚Äôs the No. 1 scripted drama on broadcast TV.
An early January episode drew 21 million viewers, 3 million more than recent episodes of ‚ÄúAmerican Idol.‚ÄĚ
In its ninth season, ‚ÄúNCIS‚ÄĚ is gaining viewers, which is like a fresh cup of coffee tasting better on the ninth day than the first.
It simply isn‚Äôt supposed to happen.
So executive producer Gary Glasberg admits that for him, at least, the 200th episode is a cause for celebration and reflection. He says Tuesday night‚Äôs show will include both, and that furthermore, he‚Äôs given a lot of thought to exactly how he will do it.
‚ÄúAs far back as last summer,‚ÄĚ says Glasberg, ‚ÄúI had sort of a sense what I wanted the episode to be.‚ÄĚ
He‚Äôs not saying exactly what that is, but it will borrow at least one element from the Gwyneth Paltrow movie ‚ÄúSliding Doors.‚ÄĚ
That movie takes a single event in her life ‚Äē one that seems completely minor and incidental ‚Äē and shows how different her life would have been had it taken another direction.
The 200th ‚ÄúNCIS,‚ÄĚ titled ‚ÄúLife Before His Eyes,‚ÄĚ revolves around ‚Äúa pivotal moment‚ÄĚ for Harmon‚Äôs Jethro Gibbs, says Glasberg.
But it also goes beyond Gibbs.
‚ÄúIt looks back at key moments throughout nine years of ‚ÄėNCIS‚Äô where decisions have had to be made,‚ÄĚ says Glasberg, Michael Kors Crossbody Bag ‚Äúand shows, had people gone one direction instead of another, how the world would have ended up.‚ÄĚ
Yes, this could mean summoning some Michael Kors Stores of the other characters involved in those decisions.
‚ÄúIt brings back Bags Michael Kors familiar faces, old faces, faces fans didn‚Äôt think that they‚Äôd see again,‚ÄĚ says Glasberg. ‚ÄúIt was a challenge, but it was a lot of fun.‚Äô
As for why ‚ÄúNCIS‚ÄĚ has lasted so long, no one on the show volunteers any magical secrets.
Like its ancestor ‚ÄúLaw & Order,‚ÄĚ it executes the basics. It never gets so complicated that a new viewer feels lost.
‚ÄúFrom the beginning,‚ÄĚ says Harmon, ‚Äúwe were a Michael Kors Hamilton show that wasn‚Äôt good enough to get all that noticed and wasn‚Äôt bad enough to get canceled.
‚ÄúSo we had a lot of time just to get to know each other and just do this show and just work on the foundation.‚ÄĚ
And yes, he admits, there‚Äôs some satisfaction in the show‚Äôs success.
‚ÄúCertainly being No. 1,‚ÄĚ he says, ‚Äúbeats Michael Kors Tote Bags being somewhere else.‚ÄĚ