Casting Scoop For The "NCIS" Franchise
Michael Ausiello has learned that NCIS: LA has cast Raymond J. Barry to appear on the show during November sweeps. Usually, November sweeps characters tend to bring heightened drama and other high stakes to the show's characters. Barry's role seems to be no different.
Barry will play Branston Cole, who has history with Hetty Lange (Linda Hunt), from their espionage days, which he is still fond of. According to Ausiello's casting call source, Cole is in a retirement home, "blind and frail" due to a stroke. His state doesn't stop Cole from getting into trouble.
LOST fans will remember Barry as Jack Shepherd's grandfather, Ray Shephard, in the show's fifth season.
NCIS will have a special guest star with also past ties to a character during sweeps. Ausiello also reports that Catherine Dent will appear in two episodes with ties to Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard (David McCallum). The episodes have been pegged an "origin" arc for Ducky, which seems to have been a long time coming. Dent's character, Whitney Sharp, is a former NCIS agent, who was considered pretty damn good in her field. The Shield fans will remember Catherine Dent as Officer Danielle "Danny" Sofer.
Another casting piece on the NCIS front is the appearance of Kristen Ariza (Lie To Me) as CIA Operations Officer Loretta Tennison in tonight's episode. Ariza is known for her role as Heidi, the assistant to Tim Roth's Cal Lightman on Lie To Me.
NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles air Tuesdays at 8/7c and 9/8c, respectively, on CBS.