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Is ‘JAG’ returning to TV? New ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ season might answer the question

Remember that coin toss from the ‘JAG’ series finale? You’ll learn how it landed in ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ season 11

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David James Elliott as Harmon Rabb, Jr. in the season premiere of “NCIS: Los Angeles,” airing Sept. 29 on CBS.

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SALT LAKE CITY — When “NCIS: Los Angeles” returns for its 11th season on Sept. 29, it will do so thanks to the legacy of the 1990s hit, “JAG.”

The courtroom military drama starring David James Elliott and Catherine Bell ran 10 seasons from 1995 to 2005 and spawned “NCIS,” which had two spinoffs of its own, “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “NCIS: New Orleans.” Altogether, nearly 1,000 episodes of “JAG” and its spinoffs have aired.

When “NCIS: Los Angeles” returns, the two main characters from “JAG” will be along for the ride, finishing an arc they began at the end of season 10 more than a decade ago.

David James Elliott played the role of Harmon “Harm” Rabb, Jr., a Top Gun pilot and Navy lawyer, and Catherine Bell played Sarah “Mac” MacKenzie, a strong-willed Marine Corps lawyer.

Harm’s good looks and brains made him a favorite of both fans and Mac. The two characters engaged in a yearslong will-they-won’t-they campaign that was partially resolved in the “JAG” series finale.

The final episode ends with a coin toss after both characters receive promotions. Depending on how the coin lands, one character was to accept their promotion while the other would retire from active duty and go with them. The screen cuts to the closing credits before showing how the coin lands, but nearly 15 years later, fans are about to learn what happened.

“Harm’s entrance on ‘NCIS: L.A.’ where he walks off the flight line and removes his helmet was an almost spooky moment for me,” Elliott said in an interview with the blog “From the Desk of Kurt Manwaring.” “(It) was really the moment where it sunk in that Harm was back. It was powerful for me and I’m glad there was such a positive reaction to it from the fans.” 

Elliott said he had never previously been approached about returning to his “JAG” character, but his arc on “NCIS: Los Angeles” has fans crooning and media outlets running with rumors of a potential revival. According to both TVLine and CinemaBlend, a “JAG” series revival is definitely in the mix.

Elliott and Bell kept “JAG” in the top 10 of ratings for the majority of their initial run and could be poised to do it again. But would they be willing to return?

 Bell seems to be interested, judging by a tease she posted on Twitter earlier this year.

Elliott is also on board despite not being keen on the idea in the past.

“I never thought I would say this,” Elliott said, “but I would jump at the opportunity to bring Harm back to life again, especially in a new and different light such as playing the XO — or even CO — of a carrier and commander of the air wing. 

“It would make such an amazing show,” he added. “Fingers crossed!”


Catherine Bell as Sarah MacKenzie in an upcoming episode of the CBS series “NCIS: Los Angeles.”

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