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NCIS Special Agent DiNozzo partners with the NCIS: Los Angeles team to search the city after his prisoner escapes custody on a flight from Singapore to Los Angeles

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By Nate Millado

The NCIS universe has expanded in the past 18 years—most recently with NCIS: Hawaii—and it's been a blast watching our favorite agents get to play in the same sandbox! These crossover events have treated fans to some pretty epic episodes and inspired pairings. Here's a look back at a few of our faves.

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"Legend" and "Legend: Pt. II" (NCIS)

LL COOL J shouts into his phone while holding a bloodied and unconscious Chris O'Donnell

Sam (LL COOL J, left) rushes to Callen's (Chris O'Donnell, right) side after he is shot by an unknown gunman.

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Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) heads to the City of Angels and teams up with his counterparts at the NCIS Office of Special Projects to investigate the death of a Marine—only to uncover a terrorist cell rooted somewhere in downtown L.A. This NCIS two-parter introduced us to the dynamic duo of Sam Hanna (LL COOL J) and G. Callen (Chris O'Donnell). This pair would go on to headline the first NCIS spinoff, NCIS: Los Angeles.

"Random On Purpose" (NCIS: Los Angeles)

Pauley Perrette and Eric Beal having a drink

Abby (guest star Pauley Perrette) drops by NCIS: Los Angeles. Here with Eric Beal (Barrett Foa).

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After a Naval engineer is murdered, Abby (Pauley Perrette) notices a pattern linking this case to others—so she heads to Los Angeles to warn the team of the Phantom serial killer.

"Crescent City Pt. I" and "Crescent City: Pt. II" (NCIS/NCIS: New Orleans)

Mark Harmon and Scott Bakula lean on a wrought iron railing in New Orleans

Gibbs (Mark Harmon, left) and NCIS Special Agent Dwayne Cassius Pride (Scott Bakula, right) chase leads in New Orleans after evidence points to a copycat killer.

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Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and NCIS Special Agent Dwayne Cassius Pride (Scott Bakula, right) are on the tail of a copycat of the infamous Privileged Killer in New Orleans, while Pride's NCIS: New Orleans team heads to Washington, D.C. to investigate potential political connections to the case.

"Blame It On Rio" (NCIS: Los Angeles)

Eric Christian Olsen with Bobby Lee and Michael Weatherly holding guns in a warehouse

NCIS Special Agent DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly) partners with the NCIS: Los Angeles team to search the city after his prisoner escapes custody on a flight from Singapore to Los Angeles

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D.C.-based agent DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly) partners with the L.A. team to search the city after his prisoner escapes custody on a flight from Singapore to Los Angeles. DiNozzo and Marty Deeks hilariously try to one-up each other throughout the episode, proving exactly why NCIS fans love these crossovers!

"Sister City, Parts I and II" (NCIS/NCIS: New Orleans)

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Michael Weatherly and Pauley Perrette

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After the passengers and crew of a private plane traveling from New Orleans to Washington D.C. are lethally poisoned, all signs point to the missing chef—Abby's brother, Luca (Tyler Ritter). Gibbs and the D.C. team work with Pride and the New Orleans crew to locate Luca and determine why a private tech company was targeted.

"Pandora's Box, Parts I and II" (NCIS/NCIS: New Orleans)

Scott Bakula stands next to Vanessa Ferlito and Wilmer Valderrama in a brick building

In this two-part crossover event, the NCIS gang teams up to track a stolen terror playbook. Pictured: Scott Bakula as Special Agent Dwayne Pride, Vanessa Ferlito as FBI Special Agent Tammy Gregorio, and Wilmer Valderrama as NCIS Special Agent Nick Torres.

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Crossovers are always a rollicking good time, and this Mardi Gras–themed conclusion to an NCIS two-parter is no exception! NCIS agents McGee (Sean Murray) and Torres (Wilson Valderrama) travel to New Orleans to partner with Pride and his team in the search for a missing homeland security theoretical terror playbook.

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Pauley Perrette stars in CBS' new comedy series Broke.

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For 15 seasons, Pauley Perrette won the hearts of fans with her portrayal of the beloved character Abby Scuito on the hit drama series NCIS. Now she's back and trying on a comedy role on CBS' new sitcom Broke, playing single mom Jackie, who suddenly finds herself hosting some surprise houseguests.

Here, she shares a few pointers for how to stay safe—and sane—during these unprecedented times. We're all in this together, right?

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1.Stay inside and watch Broke on Thursdays at 9:30/8:30c on CBS and CBS All Access.

"It's going to be a half hour to really sit back with your family—it's a family-safe, family-happy show—and laugh with us."

2.Read books, or at least smell the pages!

"I love books. My house is full of books. Books, books, books."

3.Foster an animal! And spend time with your pets.

"It really helps to have that kind of love and life around you at this time."

4.Work out! Try running up and down a flight of stairs. 

"If you have a flight of stairs, good—done. Go up and down the flight of stairs. I do that."

5.Call your friends and family! Phones are magical and can let you speak to anyone, at any time.

"You can actually talk to people on the phone. Isn't that crazy? You can talk to your friends, family!"

6.Start an indoor garden! Plant from seedlings, or order one that’s already been started and take it from there.

"I also like to plant things. OK, so, I have a lot of plants. Tons of things you can plant inside your house."

Watch Broke on Thursdays at 9:30/8:30c on CBS and CBS All Access.

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By Gina McIntyre

These lauded actors have created many of our favorite characters of all time. As if we could ask for more, they're now introducing us to some of our new favorite television characters and showing off their myriad —and versatile—gifts.

Originally published in Watch! Magazine, November-December 2019.

PAULEY PERRETTE

Pauley Perrette sitting in a bathtub in the pilot episode of new CBS sitcom Broke.\u200b

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You've loved her as: NCIS' plucky, punky forensic scientist Abby Sciuto.

Now starring as: Jackie, a single mother whose life is turned upside down when her estranged sister and brother-in-law lose their fortune and move into her California condo on Broke. In CBS' new midseason sitcom, Pauley Perrette plays the too-close-for-comfort setup for major laughs.

Broke premieres midseason on CBS and CBS All Access.

JAIME CAMIL

Actor Jaime Camil smirking at the camera for a portrait.

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You've loved him as: Jane's father, Rogelio De La Vega, on The CW's Jane the Virgin.

Now starring as: Javier, the once wealthy but newly insolvent brother-in-law to Pauley Perrette's Jackie on Broke. Jaime Camil finds a hilarious balance between earnest and oblivious.

Broke premieres midseason on CBS and CBS All Access.

RACHEL SKARSTEN

Actress Rachel Skarsten as Alice in The CW series Batwoman.

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You've loved her as: Queen Elizabeth on The CW's Reign.

Now starring as: Alice, the leader of the Wonderland Gang, on Batwoman starring Ruby Rose. By turns maniacal and charming, Rachel Skarsten plays her villain with relish.

Watch Batwoman on Sundays at 8/7c on The CW. Stream free on Mondays via The CW App.

KYLE MACLACHLAN

Kyle MacLachlan as Dr. Stepen Frost and Patricia Heaton as Carol Kenney in CBS sitcom Carol's Second Act.

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You've loved him as: By-the-book federal agent Dale Cooper on Twin Peaks.

Now starring as: Accomplished senior attending physician Dr. Frost on Carol's Second Act. With his winning charm and deadpan timing, Kyle MacLachlan is a scene stealer.

Watch all-new episodes of Carol's Second Act on Thursdays at 9:30/8:30c on CBS and CBS All Access.

PATRICIA HEATON

Actress Patricia Heaton on the set of CBS sitcom Carol's Second Act.

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You've loved her as: Debra Barone, long-suffering wife of Ray Romano's sportswriter on Everybody Loves Raymond.

Now starring as: A 50-year-old medical intern on Carol's Second Act. As a recently divorced middle-aged woman who relies on her sense of humor to help her make it through the day, Patricia Heaton is just what the doctor ordered.

Watch all-new episodes of Carol's Second Act on Thursdays at 9:30/8:30c on CBS and CBS All Access.

​ALANA DE LA GARZA

Julian McMahon, Jeremy Sisto, Alana De La Garza,  and Missy Peregrym of procedural TV drama FBI.

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You've loved her as: Clara Seger on Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders; Marisol Delko on CSI: Miami.

Now starring as: Assistant Special Agent in Charge Isobel Castille on the Dick Wolf procedural drama FBI. Ambitious and brilliant, Castille is a rising star, as is the actress—Alana De La Garza—who plays her.

Watch all-new episodes of FBI on Tuesdays at 9/8c on CBS and CBS All Access.

CHRISTINE EBERSOLE

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You've loved her as: First lady Lydia Dalton on Madam Secretary; Lena Janko, mother of police officer Edit Marie Reagan, on Blue Bloods.

Now starring as: Dottie, Bob's protective mother, on Bob ♥️ Abishola. Christine Ebersole brings a delightful bite to this no-nonsense Midwestern widow.

Watch all-new episodes of Bob ♥️ Abishola on Mondays at 8:30/7:30c on CBS and CBS All Access.

BILLY GARDELL

Billy Gardell as Bob and Folake Olowofoyeku as Abishola in TV show Bob \u2665\ufe0f Abishola.

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You've loved him as: Good-natured Chicago cop Mike Biggs on Mike & Molly.

Now starring as: Bob ♥️ Abishola's affable Bob, a Detroit sock salesman crushing hard on the Nigerian nurse Abishola (Folake Olowofoyeku), whom he meets when he is hospitalized after a heart attack. Abishola may need convincing, but we've fallen hard for Billy Gardell.

Watch all-new episodes of Bob ♥️ Abishola on Mondays at 8:30/7:30c on CBS and CBS All Access.

JESSICA CAMACHO

Jessica Camacho as Emily Lopez in courtroom TV dram All Rise.

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You've loved her as: Gypsy, a bounty hunter who could open portals to other dimensions on The Flash.

Now starring as: As Emily Lopez, a tough and determined public defender on All Rise, actress Jessica Camacho brings inspiring grit to her character's fight for justice.

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MARG HELGENBERGER

Marg Helgenberger as Judge Lisa Benner on CBS legal drama All Rise.

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You've loved her as: Supervisor Catherine Willows on the long-running hit procedural CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

Now starring as: All Rise's Judge Lisa Benner, a once-progressive voice who has become an entrenched member of the judicial establishment. Newly appointed Judge Lola Carmichael (Simone Missick) reawakens Judith's passion for the law, with Marg Helgenberger channeling her signature intellect and wit into every scene.

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MIKE COLTER

Mike Colter as David Acosta and  Katja Herbers as Kristen Bouchard in pilot episode of supernatural drama series Evil.

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You've loved him as: Chicago drug lord Lemond Bishop on The Good Wife and The Good Fight.

Now starring as: Evil's David Acosta, a Catholic priest-in-training who partners with a forensic psychologist (Katja Herbers) to search for the truth behind supernatural phenomena. Thanks to his high-wattage star power, in Mike Colter we trust.

Watch all-new episodes of Evil on Thursdays at 10/9c on CBS and CBS All Access.

MICHAEL EMERSON

Michael Emerson as Leland Townsend on psychological thriller Evil.

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You've loved him as: Billionaire genius Harold Finch on Person of Interest; Arrow villain Cayden James.

Now starring as: Evil's Leland Townsend, an expert witness in a mass-murder case who might also be a demon inciting his followers to unspeakable acts. No one plays subtle menace better than Michael Emerson.

Watch all-new episodes of Evil on Thursdays at 10/9c on CBS and CBS All Access.

ASHLEIGH MURRAY

Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy in The CW show Katy Keene.

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You've loved her as: Musician Josie McCoy on Riverdale.

Now starring as: Josie McCoy—only now she's hopped over to new series Katy Keene, starring Lucy Hale. Ashleigh Murray's gifted songstress leaves behind the soapy confines of Riverdale for the bright lights of Manhattan, hoping to find fame in the Big Apple. No question—success is in the cards.

ALEX SAXON

Alex Saxon as Ace on new TV series Nancy Drew.

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You've loved him as: Chloe on Ray Donovan; Gabriel Osbourne on The Mentalist.

Now starring as: Nancy Drew's Ace, a dishwasher at the local diner with provocative insights into the murder of a local girl. Nancy (Kennedy McMann) finds his thoughts intriguing; we find Alex Saxon downright dazzling.

Watch Nancy Drew on Wednesdays 9/8c on The CW and stream free Thursdays via The CW App.

OMAR MILLER

Maya Lynne Robinson as Michelle, Omar Miller as Ben in CBS comedy The Unicorn.

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You've loved him as: Art-theft specialist Walter Simmons on CSI: Miami.

Now starring as: The Unicorn's Ben, a happily married father, thrilled that his widowed friend Wade (Walton Goggins) is back in the dating pool. Omar Miller brings his perfect comic timing to the all-important buddy role.

Watch all-new episodes of The Unicorn on Thursdays at 8:30/7:30c on CBS and CBS All Access.

HENRY IAN CUSICK

Henry Ian Cusick attends the SCAD aTVfest and Entertainment Weekly party in Atlanta, Georgia.

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You've loved him as: Villain-turned-hero Marcus Kane on The CW drama The 100.

Now starring as: MacGyver's Russ, a quick-witted, Oxford-educated ex-military man who appreciates the finer things in life. He's the perfect pairing with Lucas Till's titular hero.

Season 4 of MacGyver premieres on Friday, Feb. 7 at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.

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As Valentine's Day approaches, we've got a little treat guaranteed to make you smile, regardless of your relationship status. Watch! compiled many of your favorite TV crushes—check out these gorgeous pics of CBS stars (like Beth Behrs above)—that we can't help falling in love with all over again.

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Portrait of a lady

Emily Wickersham holding a pink rose and wearing a feathered designer gown

Photography by Ian Derry.

Emily Wickersham, we are channeling your glamour and poise.

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Vibrant culture

Sami Gayle of Blue Bloods smiling in purple and orange

Photography by Adrienne Raquel.

Bright lips, bold dress... Can't lose. Sami Gayle pulls it off like none other.

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Gorgeous smile

LL COOL J of NCIS Los Angeles smiling in black on black tuxedo with hat

Photography by Gilles-Marie Zimmermann.

LL COOL J's smile has us swooning.

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California girl

Daniela Ruah of NCIS Los Angeles in animal print gown in garden

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

Daniela Ruah looks breathtakingly beautiful in sunny Santa Barbara.

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Fast friends

Cush Jumbo and Christine Baranski in red ball gowns.

Photography by Kristian Schuller.

Cush Jumbo and Christine Baranski are stunning in Valentine's Day red.

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Fun and games

Eric Christian Olsen of NCIS Los Angeles holding bubble guns

Photography by Adam Secore.

We're locked and loaded for Valentine's Day, thanks to Eric Christian Olsen.

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Lady in red

AJ Cook of Criminal Minds in fitted red dress on balcony

Photography by Christopher Ross.

If Valentine's Day had a red carpet, A.J. Cook would steal the show.

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Free spirit

Matthew Gray Gubler in pajamas jumping on bed

Photography by John P. Filo.

Matthew Gray Gubler's carefree sense of fun is on full display.

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Global glam

Bridget Moynahan sitting on desk holding a globe on her finger.

Photography by Keiron O'Connor.

The whole world is at Bridget Moynahan's fingertips.

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Girls' weekend

Allison Janney and Anna Faris of Mom laughing in a hotel hallway in Paris

Photography by Patrick Demarchelier.

Allison Janney and Anna Faris are having a blast in Paris. Oui! Oui!

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Humble nature

Thomas Sadoski in jeans on a tractor

Photography by Christopher Ross.

Thomas Sadoski is all rugged good looks and country cool.

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We love Lucy!

Lucy Liu of Elementary in red floppy hat drinking champagne

Photography by Ruven Afanador.

Timeless and classy, Lucy Liu shows us how it is done.

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Creature comforts

Brian Dietzen of NCIS reading and drinking in a library

Photography by Christopher Ross.

Good book and a night cap, Brian Dietzen?

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Give us Moore.

Shemar Moore of SWAT in silk pajamas with open shirt

Photography by Kwaku Alston.

S.W.A.T. star Shemar Moore makes us S.W.O.O.N.

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Paint the town red

Pauley Perrette in a red dress sitting on a red sofa.

Photography by Mark Mann.

Pauley Perrette is stunning in scarlet.


Sign. SEAL. Deliver.

David Boreanaz of SEAL Team in t shirt next to mirror

Photography by Cliff Lipson.

Here's looking at you, David Boreanaz!

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Family matters

Cast of Blue Bloods packing up a station wagon

Photography by Patrick Demarchelier.

Happiness is... the whole family together!

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Infectious laughter

Christine Baranski of The Good Fight in red and white dress with red hat and gloves

Photography by Pavel Havlicek.

Christine Baranski's laugh is infectious.

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Hot rod

Adam Rodriguez of Criminal Minds in leather jacket with blue sportscar

Photography by Michael Parmelee.

Adam Rodriguez is hotter than ever!

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Good times

Rose Leslie of The Good Fight in chunky orange sweater and hat

Photography by Christopher Ross.

Rose Leslie brings joy to everything she does!

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Set phasers to stunning

Sonequa Martin Green of Star Trek Discovery in sheer slate beaded dress

Photography by Marie H. Rainville.

Let's be real, we fall for Sonequa Martin-Green every time.

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Everything's coming up roses!

Beth Behrs of The Neighborhood with falling rose petals.

Photography by Patrick Demarchelier.

Beth Behrs always makes our hearts skip a beat.

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