The man who played the patriarch on CBS’ long-running series The Waltons has died. Ralph Waite was 85. He also had been recurring since 2008 as Papa Gibbs, the father of Mark Harmon’s character, on NCIS. “Everyone at NCIS is deeply saddened by the passing of our friend and colleague Ralph Waite,” the show’s cast and crew said in a statement sent out by CBS tonight. “Ralph was family to us, a tremendous talent and a very special man. We truly cherish the time we had with him. Our hearts and prayers go out to his loved ones.” He also recurred on Bones as the grandfather of David Boreanaz’s character, played Father Matt in nearly 100 episodes of Days Of Our Lives and appeared in Grey’s Anatomy, CSI, Cold Case and The Practice.
But Waite was best known as “Daddy” on The Waltons. He starred for nine seasons on the Depression-era drama as John Walton Sr., who eked out a living at the family lumber mill on Walton’s Mountain. He scored an Emmy nom for the role in 1978 and also directed more than a dozen episodes of the hourlong series, which ran from 1972-81 and was followed by a series of telefilms.
Waite’s acting credits date to the mid-1960s. He appeared on TV series including Bonanza and N.Y.P.D. and later as slave ship mate Slater in the landmark miniseries Roots, a key supporting role that earned Waite his first Emmy nom. He also worked on the big screen, including roles in films ranging from Cool Hand Luke and Five Easy Pieces to The Bodyguard and Cliffhanger. The White Plains, NY, native also starred in the mid-’80s CBS drama The Mississippi and did arcs on Steven Bochco’s Murder One and HBO’s Carnivale. Waite unsuccessfully ran for Congress in 1990, vying for the seat from California’s 37th District, which includes Mid-City and West Los Angeles.
What is going on with NCIS‘ Jimmy Palmer? It seems that the show has toned down his involvement this season. –Sherry
Show boss Gary Glasberg reminds, “We’ve had this [storyline] runner that we started, about his personal life and his wanting to adopt. That’ll continue through the season,” ultimately leading to “an emotional bit of closure.”
I’m curious, will we see Tony’s apartment again soon on NCIS? –Cheryl
As a matter of fact, yes – in Episode 17, Glasberg says.
Source: TV Line
THE NCIS TEAM RACES TO LOCATE DEFECTIVE BULLETPROOF VESTS BEING SENT OVERSEAS TO ACTIVE DUTY MILITARY, ON “NCIS,” TUESDAY, FEB. 18
“Bulletproof” – After uncovering faulty bulletproof vests in a truck filled with stolen U.S.M.C. merchandise, the NCIS team attempts to locate both the source and any vests that had been shipped to military personnel overseas, on NCIS, Tuesday, Feb. 18 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
CHEAT TWEET: #NCIS races to keep the military safe when faulty bulletproof vests are discovered in stolen merchandise 2/18 8/7c
BISHOP REVEALS HER PAST CONNECTION TO PARSA AS THE TEAM CONTINUES THEIR RELENTLESS HUNT FOR THE ELUSIVE TERRORIST, ON “NCIS,” TUESDAY, FEB. 4
“Monsters and Men” – The murder of a port authority officer reveals Parsa’s possible whereabouts, as the team continues their tireless hunt. Meanwhile, Bishop reveals her past association with the elusive terrorist, on NCIS, Tuesday, Feb. 4 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
CHEAT TWEET: Find out how Bishop knows so much about Parsa and what his next move will be #NCIS 2/4 8/7c http://bit.ly/KQ88A1
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With the new team dynamic on NCIS, Tony really looks overqualified for his job. He’s been there forever. As part of his promised “growth” are we going to see him get a promotion? –Sandra
OK, so I brought to showrunner Gary Glasberg everyone’s concern about Tony’s “growth,” especially as Ziva’s exit grows farther and farther away. He avowed, “It’s really important to all of us — it’s important to me, it’s important to Michael Weatherly — that the character of Tony DiNozzo continues to grow.” But outgrowing Gibbs’ team likely will never be a part of that. “That’s something that we at one point or another talk about…. But at the end of the day, as I have learned from real agents that I’ve spoken to, once you find a team that you feel comfortable with, that’s just where you stay,” Glasberg explained. “You become a part of the family, and that’s just what it is.”
This NCIS: LA fan needs something good on the Densi front. Anything you can share? –Monica
I have good… and not-so-good. Showrunner Shane Brennan confirmed for me that the timing of Daniela Ruah’s maternity leave “worked out perfectly,” in that the show had already pre-shot enough Kensi scenes to keep her in every episode, without missing a single beat. Thing is, when Kensi eventually returns from her Afghanistan op — during which something “totally unexpected” and calamitous happens, leaving her understandably shell-shocked — being back in Deeks’ orbit “doesn’t work out the way she thinks it’s going to work out.”
Source: TV Line
NCIS scoop, please! I can’t believe Delilah is paralyzed! —Charlie
I know, right? Naturally, Delilah’s recovery will strain her relationship with McGee, but executive producer Gary Glasberg promises that they won’t break up. “It’s going to be a bumpy road for them, but I think you’ll see how it brings them closer together,” he says.
Source: TV Guide
WHEN THE NCIS: LA TEAM INVESTIGATES THE MURDER OF TWO FORMER PRIVATE MILITARY CONTRACTORS, THEY DISCOVER THEIR SUSPECT HAS PUT ONE OF THEIR OWN IN GRAVE DANGER, ON “NCIS: LOS ANGELES,” TUESDAY, FEB. 4
“War Cries” – When two private military contractors are murdered, the teams’ investigation leads to a suspect who puts one of their own in serious danger. Meanwhile, Sam sets up Callen on a blind date, on NCIS: LOS ANGELES, Tuesday, Feb. 4 (9:00-10:01 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
CHEAT TWEET: Will Sam be successful in getting Callen to go on a date? #NCISLA 2/4 9/8c http://bit.ly/19LKtM5
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Question: Any scoop on what’s next for Tony on NCIS? –Laura
Ausiello: If you’re among those concerned that DiNozzo will rush into a grand new romance, with Bishop’s pop culture-savvy NSA pal Sofia Martinez, you needn’t be. “I don’t think his next relationship is going to happen anytime soon,” show boss Gary Glasberg tells us. “Part of letting Tony be Tony and letting him be flirtatious and talk to women is that these women don’t really matter. They’re quick encounters that he’s having; it’s not Ziva. They’re not ones that count. Eventually, will there be another [great love]? Maybe.”
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