NCIS: Los Angeles

It’s been reported four of NCIS’s biggest stars are requesting larger salaries.

Michael Weatherly (Tony DiNozzo), Pauley Perrette (Abby Sciuto), David McCallum (Donald Mallard) and Sean Murray (Timothy McGee) are coming off contract at the conclusion to the current season and are reportedly entering negotiations with CBS regarding pay rises.

It is believed the stars are each earning around $100,000 (£65,600) per episode, which, in Hollywood terms, is low for a cast of a successful show in its seventh season.

American network CBS is yet to comment on the situation.

Source: Digital Spy

On October 21, NCIS: LOS ANGELES, starring Chris O’Donnell (Circle of Friends, Grey’s Anatomy) and LL Cool J (House, 30 Rock) will make its debut on Sky1 HD and Sky1. The drama comes to Sky1 HD following a huge debut in the US, where it attracted a record number of viewers.

NCIS: LOS ANGELES is the first spin off from the popular NCIS, and follows Special Agent G Callen (Chris O’Donnell) and his partner Sam Hanna (LL Cool J,). The series is a drama about the high stakes world of the Office of Special Projects (OSP), a division of NCIS that is charged with apprehending dangerous and elusive criminals that pose a threat to the nation’s security. By assuming false identities and utilizing the most advanced technology, Callen and Sam along with their team of highly trained agents go deep undercover, putting their lives on the line in the field to bring down their targets.

Chris O’Donnell said: “I’m really excited about this. I’m hoping that we’ll be able to achieve some of the banter and chemistry from the original NCIS, because I think that is terrific from an acting standpoint.” LL Cool J added: “I think people, when they see it, they’ll realise that we are respectful of the original NCIS…and at the same time we bring something new and authentic to our show.”

In the opening double bill, Callen and Hanna investigate the death of a Navy officer killed during an LAPD shootout with drug runners. Initially it is believed the officer was the hostage of a drug cartel, but the duo soon discover that he may be far from innocent.

NCIS: LOS ANGELES was created by Shane Brennan, who also serves as executive producer on the original NCIS.  Brennan previously served as a writer and producer on the popular CSI: MIAMI. Following its season premiere in the US last week, NCIS: LOS ANGELES scored a ratings triumph, picking up 18.3 million viewers – the largest opening-night audience for a scripted series premiere since 2004.

NCIS: LOS ANGELES also stars Linda Hunt (Stranger than Fiction) as the OSP’s Operations Manager, Peter Cambor (NCIS) as Operational Psychologist Nate Getz , Daniela Ruah (NCIS) as Special Agent Kensi Blye and, Adam Jamal Craig (Heroes) as the newest member of the team, Special Agent Dominic Vail.

NCIS: LOS ANGELES will launch on Sky1 HD and Sky1 on Wednesday October 21 2009.

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