“I know people are talking about right now [recurring actress] Rena [Sofer] and her character (attorney M. Allison Hart), and where is that going, and I can guarantee you it isn’t going where people think it’s going,” Harmon said on the black carpet at last Monday’s PaleyFest 2010 event for ‘NCIS.’ “So, relax.”
Sofer is slated to appear on several more episodes of ‘NCIS’ this season, which has its finale in May. But she is also reportedly set to star on ‘Bones,’ likely limiting her involvement in a long-term storyline on ‘NCIS.’
Harmon says of Sofer, “I enjoy working with her. She is a nice lady, a good actress. I don’t think she knows where it’s going any more than I do. She is not there all the time. She is only doing some guest shots. I know she will be somewhat involved in the arc as we head toward the end of the year. But I don’t know what she’s doing.”
Asked about a romantic storyline with Hart, Harmon says, “I heard that because I have been around the room here. But if there are specifics out there, I don’t know.
“The [writers] are bringing different story points in,” Harmon says. “They may stick around, they may be part of the ensemble of what the show has become. It’s not unusual for us to grab someone out of season 3 and bring them back.”
Another actress in Gibbs’ circle who will be returning to the show this year is Holly Snow (played by Dina Meyer) as a madam recruited for an investigation. Snow’s chemistry with Gibbs wasn’t the easiest before, so predicting a hookup may be premature.
“It’s an interesting ally, an uncomfortable ally in some ways, and an odd ally too in different ways,” Harmon says. “I think the writers and producers liked what Dina did when she was there before. A lot of our stuff comes from gathering a guest list of actors we can pull from.”
‘NCIS’ has been drawing monster ratings this year, averaging more than 20 million viewers a week, to make it TV’s highest rated scripted show of 2009-2010 thus far.