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Posted Thursday 5/17/18 at 10:42PM EDT
Report: Pauley Perrette was likely referring to Mark Harmon dog bite incident that kept them apart on NCIS
The Wrap reports that, according to an NCIS insider, Perrette wasn't referring to physical abuse or sexual harassment with her "multiple physical assaults" tweet. She was likely referring to an October 2016 incident in which Harmon's dog bit a crew member, requiring 15 stitches. The dog was allowed to return to the set, despite Perrette's objections, resulting in tension between the actress and Harmon. That's the reason why Abby and Gibbs rarely shared screentime in recent seasons. "The tension between the two stars became so bad after the dog-bite incident that the show came to an arrangement in which the stars never had to be in the same location together," The Wrap reports based on sources. Abby and Gibbs didn't even appear together on her final episode. The Wrap reports that in certain scenes, Abby and Gibbs were edited together "through the magic of television." The Wrap adds that Perrette made up her mind to leave the show before the incident.
Posted Friday 4/13/18 at 1:17PM EDT
NCIS renewed for Season 16 as Mark Harmon inks a two-year deal
The long-running CBS drama is getting yet another season thanks to Harmon's new deal. “It’s pretty simple – viewers everywhere love NCIS,” CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl said in a statement. “This show speaks to viewers of all ages, in all parts of the country and around the world. NCIS’ amazing characters and terrific storytelling result in some of TV’s most passionate fans."
Posted Saturday 1/13/18 at 12:37AM EST
CBS allowing an uncensored “sh*t happens” in 1999 paved the way for this week’s “sh*thole” TV spectacle
The word “sh*thole” was all over TV on Thursday, thanks to President Trump. But as Sean O'Neal points out, there was a time when the word “sh*t” generated controversy when a broadcast network allowed its use in primetime. CBS OK’d Mark Harmon’s doctor character to say “sh*t happens” in an October 1999 episode of Chicago Hope, the David E. Kelley medical drama, citing artistic reasons. The Parents TV Council warned that allowing a broadcast network to say “sh*t” would result in other shows using the profanity. And the PTC was right. ER would eventually say “sh*t.” NYPD Blue would utter “bullsh*t.” Even Howard Stern was outraged that CBS would allow a word that the FCC would fine him for. "The producers felt strongly that the line was important for artistic truthfulness," CBS said in a statement. "We wanted to support their creative vision, but clearly this is not something that will happen on a weekly basis." Ultimately, the FCC bought CBS’ reasoning for airing the profanity.