‘NCIS’: Jimmy Palmer Actor Brian Dietzen Believes Show’s Success is Due to One Major Reason

by Jacklyn Krol

NCIS Brian Dietzen believes that he cracked the secret to the show’s long term success.

In an interview with Starry Mag, he revealed the reason that makes the show so beloved by fans. The reason is simple but not often achieved by television shows. NCIS is currently at episode 419.

Honestly, I think it’s the characters that make it that,” he began. “That’s not to pat the back of all of the actors or anything like that. There’s a ton of people that go into making these characters who they are. The writers, creators of the show and the writing staff that write this week in and week out creates this cast of characters that really does act as a family together.”

Both on screen and off screen, the actors and their respective characters form a relationship with one another. This shines on the television shows and in their personal lives as well.

“You see that they care for one another,” he continued. “They have one another’s back and I think that’s something people like to see.”

He noted that with this new era of 24 hour a day news coverage, it can be overwhelming at times. However, people can truly see their camaraderie.

“Sometimes it gets a bit much and you want to have something to have it be your old standby, trusted entertainment. There is NCIS every Tuesday at 8pm,” he added. “You can be sure you’re going to see Papa Gibbs [Mark Harmon] there and all the kids at play and doing their thing. I think that’s what people really fall in love with. It’s a formula that has worked really well for us.”

How Mark Harmon Met Rocky Carroll Before ‘NCIS’

Believe it or not, Mark Harmon and Rocky Caroll met years before NCIS came about.

“I was pretty fortunate because I had a pretty long relationship with CBS before NCIS came on my radar,” Carroll revealed to CBS: Los Angeles earlier this year. “I had worked on several CBS shows. (Mark Harmon) and I actually met on Chicago Hope back in the ’90s. We were both members of the cast of Chicago Hope for three seasons.”

Chicago Hope marked Carroll’s first major network television show. He was previously on Roc which aired on Fox but at the time, Fox was new to prime time. He portrayed ER doctor Keith Wilkes on the series between 1996 through 2000.

Additionally, Harmon was known for his various medical roles. He first played a doctor on St. Elsewhere back in the 1980s. It was ahead of its time after the character developed AIDS after having sex with a prostitute. Following that, he portrayed Dr. Jack McNeil on Chicago Hope between 1994 through 2000.