TV Plus (South Africa) - - 13 MARCH -

Sea­son 12 SABC2 (*192) 23:00 S13 Mon Univer­sal (*117) 20:00 Ac­tion

Navy-based ac­tion show NCIS (2003-cur­rent) has kept fans glued to our screens with com­plex teams who’re forced to work to­gether to solve mur­der, es­pi­onage, ter­ror at­tacks and more. And it doesn’t mat­ter if you’re watch­ing sea­son 12 on SABC2 or you’re a bit ahead with sea­son 13 on Univer­sal, there’s a lot that might’ve slipped through the cracks when it comes to NCIS…

1 It’s no mis­take that young Gibbs in flash­backs looks sim­i­lar to older Gibbs (Mark Har­mon) – Mark’s son Sean was cast in the role. Keep an eye on the show’s Most 2 Wanted list on the wall – pho­tos of ter­ror­ists (like Osama Bin Laden) are crossed off when the real-life sus­pects are caught or killed. Red tape crossed out Osama’s photo af­ter he was killed by a US Black Ops team in 2011. Pauley Per­rette (who plays foren3 sic sci­en­tist Abby) re­ally does have a masters de­gree in foren­sics. Well done if you’ve no­ticed that 4 the NCIS agents carry dif­fer­ent badges – gold is for full-time agents, while sil­ver is for part-time and guests. Dell has sup­plied com­put­ers on the 5 show since episode 1. The com­put­ers are also real and work. Sean Mur­ray (who plays Agent 6 McGee) lost a lot of weight dur­ing sea­son 8 (2010) af­ter he gave up sugar and drink­ing al­co­hol. “I was sur­prised how quickly it came off,” he says. Kate (Sasha Alexan­der) left af­ter 7 sea­son 2 (2004) be­cause she didn’t re­alise how much phys­i­cal work would be re­quired. Pro­ducer Don­ald Bel­lis­ario added that “she’d never been on a hit show be­fore, so she never re­alised that you have to keep work­ing day af­ter day, year af­ter year…”

Older Gibbs (Mark Har­mon). Younger Gibbs (Mark’s son Sean).

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