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NCIS Scoop: SVU's Diane Neal Says She'll Be Back as Agent Borin

To those who, when I reported on Diane Neal guesting on USA Network’s Suits, hoped that the actress would also return to NCIS…. well, this is for you.

Speaking with TVLine at Tuesday night’s Thirst Gala event in Los Angeles (honoring those committed to ending the global water crisis), Neal said that she is in talks to once again reprise her role as Special Agent Abigail Borin, during the CBS megahit’s upcoming Season 10. (CBS was unable to confirm the casting as of Tuesday evening.)

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First and foremost a Law & Order: SVU vet, Neal made her NCIS debut toward the end of Season 7, when Gibbs’ team discovered striking-slash-amusing similarities between themselves and their counterparts at CGIS (Coast Guard Investigative Services), which is led by Borin.

Also, as individuals, Borin and Gibbs discovered they share much — too much? — in common, rules lists, head-slap habits and all.

“It is the most fun place to work,” Neal told us her now-and-again NCIS visits, counting Pauley Perrette, Cote de Pablo and Michael Weatherly among her good buddies on the set and hailing series lead Mark Harmon as “the nicest man in TV.

And I get to have a gun!” she added. “It’s also really fun because I play the female Mark Harmon.”

Neal most recently visited NCIS in the October 2011 episode “Safe Harbor,” when Gibbs’ team considered her as a “perfect match” for their boss. (With reporting by Vlada Gelman)

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