Stunt work for a show as action-packed as NCIS: Los Angeles can’t be easy, but Killbride actor Gerald McRaney says he performs his own stunts. In the upcoming 13th season of the series, Kilbride sees plenty of action as the team’s new full-time superior. But he explained to UPI that he likes to tackle as much of his own stunts as he can. Production decided to give McRaney more stunts this year, even if it was less than the rest of the cast.
“Not as much as the regular cast does, but from time to time they put that in there,” the NCIS: Los Angeles actor said of stuntwork. “I guess because I’m not completely old and decrepit. It’s a break from reams of dialogue, which are becoming harder and harder for me to learn anymore.”
The upcoming ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ Season Will Find Kilbride and Hetty Butting Heads
McRaney’s role as Admiral “Killjoy” Killbride has always been hilarious, but fans are looking forward to watching him and Hetty take each other on.
“They’re both very smart and very stubborn, so it makes for a fun and volatile dynamic,” Showrunner R. Scott Gemmill told TV Line in August. “Killbride outranks Hetty, but he does respect her, even if he disagrees with her methodology and [sometimes] questions the cost of her successes.”
The first episode finds Hetty returning to where she was last year, but Killbride doesn’t want her to go. It looks like she gets herself in trouble because the whole team will be involved in helping her get out of a mess. The two seem to butt heads straight away, and tensions will probably continue to rise as the season continues.
Gerald McRaney steps in following the departure of Barrett Foa and Renee Felice Smith. The two actors played Eric and Nell, and will be seriously missed from the cast. They both left to pursue other projects. On the show, the two characters left for Tokyo so Eric could pursue his tech dreams.
McRaney has been on the show as Killbride for quite some time, but this is the first time he’s in a full-time role.
“Killbride will be in every episode this season and more hands-on,” McRaney told UPI. Killbride will also be taking on some of Hetty’s duties. Actress Linda Hunt is finally making her return to the series, but she won’t be in every episode this year. Killbride joining the team should also help make up for that.
If you want to catch the next episode of NCIS: Los Angeles, you’re in serious luck. The new episode that kicks off season 13 is tomorrow, October 10th at 9/8 central on CBS. You can also watch the other two active shows in the NCIS franchise, NCIS, and NCIS: Hawai’i. Both shows air new episodes every Monday starting at 9/8 central.