‘NCIS’: Why Sean Murray Said He and Cast Sometimes Take Their Dynamics ‘for Granted’

by Joe Rutland

Working with the same people on the “NCIS” set can be draining. Sean Murray doesn’t want to take it for granted at all.

Sometimes, though, it does happen. Murray, who has been a part of the CBS police drama since its first season, talked about this with “Icon vs. Icon” back in 2016.

“Oh yeah!” Murray, who plays Special Agent Timothy McGee, said. “Not just with the cast but with cast and crew alike. The shorthand between everyone is truly unparalleled!

“We take it for granted sometimes how quickly we are all able to jump into a situation, both in front of and behind the cameras,” he said. “And get some really amazing and cool stuff done without painstakingly orchestrating every little bit of it.”

‘NCIS’ Actor Believed Intuition Was Working Between Cast, Crew

Murray said there is an intuitive thing happening on the “NCIS” set.

“When we have day players who come in as crew members for the day, it affects what everyone does and affects the days greatly because there is a shorthand on the set that we all have with each other,” he said. “We also shoot out on these stages in the desert alone, not next to any other big Hollywood shows, and we are in our own little universe out there.”

Murray also did say that “it’s really been a blast” to explore the show’s characters.

“Now, we have a lot of interesting stuff going on,” he said. “So we are able to play with new dynamics. It has been a lot of fun so far!”

“NCIS” returns this fall on CBS and you can watch Murray along with Mark Harmon and David McCallum. The 19th season begins on Mondays at 9 p.m. Eastern, 8 p.m. Central.

Former Showrunner Talked About How Harmon Helped Create Spin-Off

While we’ve been focusing on Murray, we are going to let the former “NCIS” showrunner tell us about Harmon’s role in creating the spin-off “NCIS: New Orleans.”

That show finished a seven-season run in May. It no longer is on the CBS lineup.

Gary Glasberg said that if it wasn’t for Harmon, the show wouldn’t exist. It was fundamentally his idea. Glasberg explained this in an interview with “Assignmentx” in 2014.

“Every summer, I do some research about storylines for the coming season,” Glasberg said. “And I sat down with Mark Harmon and I said, ‘Hey, I found out that there’s an office in New Orleans, and it used to be run by one guy, and it was a very tiny little office, and it was quirky and eccentric, against this great backdrop.'”

Glasberg recalled Harmon saying, “Gary, that’s not a sweeps episode, that’s a spin-off.” They ended up pitching the show.