Add JAG to the list of hit TV shows getting the revival treatment. CBS is eyeing a comeback for the series that kicked off the NCIS franchise, with the upcoming four episode arc on NCIS: Los Angeles, in which David James Elliott and Catherine Bell will reprise their roles as Harm and Mac, testing the waters for such a move.
JAG followed the Judge Advocate General corps of the United States Navy. The series, which was created by Don Bellisario, starred David James Elliott, Catherine Bell, Patrick Labyorteaux and John M. Jackson. The series began its life on NBC during the 1995-1996 season, after which they cancelled the show. CBS then picked up the show airing nine subsequent seasons through 2005.
Per TVLine, NCIS: Los Angeles showrunner R. Scott Gemmill, who worked on JAG back in the day, did not rule out the notion of a fully fledged JAG revival and maintained that it was up to the network. He did note, however, that the upcoming arc featuring Harm and Mac isn’t business as usual. “It’s more exciting than just going back with a case where they’re JAG officers still and we get pulled into it”, he said. “Instead we took a whole different direction”.
As TVWise previously reported, David James Elliott’s first appearance on NCIS: Los Angeles will be on the penultimate episode of the current (ninth) season, titled The Guardian, the NCIS team uncovers ISIS sympathizers who look to be planning an attack on US aircraft carriers. The terror threat will result in Callen and Sam working directly with Rabb. Catherine Bell will then appear alongside Elliott in the season finale.
Infamously, there had been repeated attempts to get David James Elliott and Catherine Bell to reprise their roles on one of the NCIS shows before this arc on Los Angeles came together, with scheduling repeatedly being an issue. Patrick Labyorteaux reprised his role as Bud on a handful of NCIS episodes, while John M. Jackson had a recurring role on NCIS: Los Angeles as now retired Rear Admiral A.J. Chegwidden. Rumours about a formal JAG revival started circulating soon after news broke of Elliott and Bell’s arc on NCIS: Los Angeles.