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NCIS Upgrades Brian Dietzen to Series Regular for Season 10: 'I Couldn't Be Happier'

Brian Dietzen NCIS ContractJimmy Palmer’s workload is about to increase on NCIS.

Brian Dietzen, who for years has recurred as medical examiner Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard’s right-hand man, has been promoted to series regular status on TV’s most-watched drama, EW.com reports.

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Although Ducky shall live to see another day, his apparent heart attack in last month’s season finale would suggest that Palmer’s responsibilities at the office are bound to grow in Season 10 — something that pleases Dietzen greatly.

“I’m very excited,” the actor tells EW.com. “After eight years of being with the show, I got a contract with CBS, and I couldn’t be happier about it.”

Meanwhile, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette and Sean Murray (aka Tony, Abby and McGee) all have yet to re-up for Season 10, though showrunner Gary Glasberg told TVLine he has “no doubt that it will all work out.”



Comments (32)

  • Very happy about this,l love Jimmy!

    Comment by Kate McKenna (@Katemadeleine) – June 19, 2012 12:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Two points for the autopsy gremlin!

      Comment by Lo – June 20, 2012 03:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • About frikkin time!

    Comment by Miles – June 19, 2012 12:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agreed!

      Comment by Kim R – June 19, 2012 12:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • EXACTLY!

      Comment by Rob – June 19, 2012 02:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • My thoughts exactly!!!

      Comment by Nicotine – June 20, 2012 12:24 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Big load of dittos from me too. Why o why did they leave it so long ? He’s been, like, a guest star for… (goes to check) .. 100+ eps, so bigthumbsup to him for getting what he richly deserves.

        Comment by Fido – July 11, 2012 12:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Great! … Wait… It’s a news about another cop show. Well… I couldn’t care less. Still, good for him (and his fans).

    Comment by Ben – June 19, 2012 12:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’s about damb time

    Comment by gail – June 19, 2012 12:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • He’s been considered part of the NCIS family for years now, so it’s about time they made it official!

    Comment by Rach – June 19, 2012 12:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • yesyesyesyesyes :D So happy!

    Comment by Deena – June 19, 2012 12:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • brian deserve it and more ,he is also one of the important part in NCIS CAST I love him so much to jimmy palmer, he is so ctie

    Comment by estefania – June 19, 2012 12:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yippee!!!! :) After 8 seasons it’s about time he was promoted to a regular cast member.

    Comment by Michelle – June 19, 2012 12:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love the autopsy gremlin yipee!

    Comment by laura meakin – June 19, 2012 12:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • YES!! Love Jimmy Palmer!

    Comment by Renee – June 19, 2012 12:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yes! Thank you! Now can y’all go find out if Pauley Perrette has renewed her contract pretty plz?

    Comment by DP42 – June 19, 2012 01:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Finally!!!!!

    Comment by Chloe – June 19, 2012 01:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am thrilled! I love Jimmy!

    Comment by Marla – June 19, 2012 02:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Outstanding! Good Deal!

    Comment by Jack Wahl – June 19, 2012 02:35 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • sign Abby, kill off the other two

    Comment by kraw hitham (@_krawhitham) – June 19, 2012 04:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I really like Jimmy and I’m happy. I wonder why they let “Gerald” go. After that last time when he was held in his car by Ari we didn’t hear from him anymore.

    Comment by tp – June 19, 2012 05:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So I read this and thought, “but what about poor Ducky? Isn’t it rude to celebrate when Ducky has had a heart attack.” Then I realized that Ducky was not a real person. . . seriously, I knew that, but he seems so real . . .

    Comment by Chester – June 19, 2012 05:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Ducky isn’t going anywhere. David McCallum already has a contract for this coming season.

      Comment by Nicotine – June 20, 2012 12:25 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Maybe they will finally work Jimmy into the opening credits of the show. His absence always kind of bugged me. :)

    Comment by Kim R – June 20, 2012 06:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes, he will now be in the opening credits.

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – June 20, 2012 07:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • That’s music to my ears…..looking forward to seeing Brian’s name & pictures in the opening credits! Definitely well deserved and long overdue! :-)

        Comment by Marla (@zoyaroses) – June 21, 2012 12:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ITS ABOUT TIME! That man’s been on there longer than Ziva!!! Glad he’s finally getting the credit he deserves. YOU GO AUTOPSY GREMLIN!

    Comment by Kate – June 20, 2012 07:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yayay finally I love the autopsy gremlin!!

    Comment by Lauren – June 24, 2012 01:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I never understood why he wasn’t included with the rest of the cast in the opening credits. It’ll be nice to see him there with them. He definitely deserves it!

    Comment by NatD – June 26, 2012 07:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Just wanted to say that the authorities have not taken this superb programme of the air. They have already taken CSI MIAMI of then it was Numbers what else are they going to give the “chop” to.

    Comment by KAREN. – July 28, 2012 09:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • yea but 10 season so what happen about this time the show will end like always

    Comment by steve – August 26, 2012 09:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • they should have done this to him long before!!
    he deserves it! congratulation~~ as a fan of ncis and him,
    i’m very glad to hear that. it would have been much better had he been promoted much earlier..

    Comment by nggo – October 11, 2012 07:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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