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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.”

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  1. Very happy about this,l love Jimmy!

  2. Miles says:

    About frikkin time!

  3. Ben says:

    Great! … Wait… It’s a news about another cop show. Well… I couldn’t care less. Still, good for him (and his fans).

  4. gail says:

    It’s about damb time

  5. Rach says:

    He’s been considered part of the NCIS family for years now, so it’s about time they made it official!

  6. Deena says:

    yesyesyesyesyes :D So happy!

  7. estefania says:

    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

  8. Michelle says:

    Yippee!!!! :) After 8 seasons it’s about time he was promoted to a regular cast member.

  9. laura meakin says:

    I love the autopsy gremlin yipee!

  10. Renee says:

    YES!! Love Jimmy Palmer!

  11. DP42 says:

    Yes! Thank you! Now can y’all go find out if Pauley Perrette has renewed her contract pretty plz?

  12. Chloe says:


  13. Marla says:

    I am thrilled! I love Jimmy!

  14. Jack Wahl says:

    Outstanding! Good Deal!

  15. sign Abby, kill off the other two

  16. tp says:

    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.

  17. Chester says:

    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 . . .

  18. Kim R says:

    Maybe they will finally work Jimmy into the opening credits of the show. His absence always kind of bugged me. :)

  19. Kate says:

    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!

  20. Lauren says:

    Yayay finally I love the autopsy gremlin!!

  21. NatD says:

    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!

  22. KAREN. says:

    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.

  23. steve says:

    yea but 10 season so what happen about this time the show will end like always

  24. nggo says:

    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..