'NCIS' Explosion Shakes Things Up in New Season, Pauley Perrette Teases (EXCLUSIVE)
Just the beginning of the show's upcoming tenth season, says one of its top stars.
"The aftermath of the explosion shakes up everything," Pauley Perrette told Celebuzz at Saturday's Project Angel Food benefit in Hollywood, which honored the NCIS actress for her work with HIV and AIDS. The charity delivers meals and companionship to terminally ill people in Los Angeles.
What's coming up next season on NCIS?
"It's shocking. You probably come in 20 minutes after the last episode you left off," Perrette said. "We are so excited to be back. All our cast and crew love our show so much. We're having a blast, and the fans are going to go crazy!"
A preview photo of the show's first episode hit the web last week, showing a massive amount of devastation of a post-bomb explosion at the NCIS headquarters.
"It’s an action-packed episode of television. I packed a lot in there,” executive producer Gary Glasberg told Entertainment Weekly. “It’s an emotional roller coaster, and it’s all about the manhunt for Harper Dearing [Richard Schiff]. It gets really personal between Gibbs [Mark Harmon] and Dearing.”
Perrette's beloved Abby is due for a family get-to-know-you early in the season, Perrette said. The familial plot line was hinted at last season.
"We get into a little of Abby's backstory. She re-meets her biological brother that she never knew that she had," Perrette told Celebuzz. "The fans have been wanting that and it comes right in the second episode. So we're giving them right what they want."
As Abby's fans know, NCIS is one of the TV's biggest ratings giants -- as has been the case for years. Last season, the show got its most viewers ever, averaging almost 19 1/2 million viewers per episode.
NCIS starts its tenth season on Sept. 25, 2012, with newly added cast regular Brian Dietzen (Jimmy Palmer). Guest stars this season include Steve Valentine, Michael Des Barres, and Billy Dee Williams.
Not returning? Jamie Lee Curtis, who played the memorable Dr. Samantha Ryan.
"We love Jamie Lee Curtis, we consider her family," Perrette said. "She's one of the most incredible women on the planet Earth, and we all want her back. So, we'll see."
Adds Perrette, in broad coy fashion, "Everybody gets mixed into the lives of the crazy NCIS crew."
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