NCIS is gearing up for a big arc to end its ninth season on CBS 2 in Queens, and the popular drama is bringing in a West Wing actor for the final episodes of the season.
TV Guide reported Tuesday that Richard Schiff is going to be appearing in multiple episodes and revealed some details about his character:
“Harper Dearing, an eccentric international businessman who is no stranger to hobnobbing with the world’s elite…[and who] is haunted by the loss of his son, who died in a terrorist bombing some years ago.”
Interestingly enough, he could be part of the season 10 premiere. Will he end up being friend or foe to the team? It’s hard not to think of Kerr Smith’s role last year, when it seemed like he would end up helping them catch the Port-to-Port killer, not end up being P2P. Looking at executive producer Gary Glasberg’s words about Harper Dearing have to make you wonder if the same can be true with him:
“Richard Schiff is a brilliantly gifted actor and I’m thrilled he’s joining us for this multi-episode storyline. The mysterious character of Harper Dearing is enormously complex and Richard will bring unexpected nuance to the part. This is a treat that will help propel us into the finale of what’s been a tremendous season.”
The NCIS season finale is going to be bringing the focus back on the Navy as a bit of a reminder that they haven’t forgotten this is a Navy crime drama series. (It’s also supposed to be Jimmy’s wedding, but the case could take precedence over his Florida nuptials.) Previous spoilers have revealed that the team will be facing a “unique” enemy, and it’s possible that Harper Dearing could end up being out for a case of revenge against those he thinks are responsible for his son’s death.
With the season set to end on a cliffhanger and Richard Schiff set to possibly be in the season 10 premiere, it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to imagine he’s involved in some sinister way. Then again, they could always surprise fans and have it turn out to be that he’s just going to be someone who could help the team catch their guy.
NCIS airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on CBS 2 in Queens. Are you looking forward to Richard Schiff’s arc?
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