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Keith Carradine to star as rocker in ‘NCIS’ episode ‘Rock and a Hard Place'

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Keith Carradine brings extensive acting and music talent to the “NCIS” table as he guest stars as 80’s rocker Manheim Gold on the March 18 episode, as reported by CBS on March 3, 2014. Season 11, Episode 17 is, as usual, cleverly titled “Rock and a Hard Place,” and takes place “after a bomb explodes during the rehearsal for a military charity concert.”

NCIS is called in to find out if the bomb, which goes off backstage in the concert dressing room, was meant for Manheim Gold or someone else. Audiences will get to see more of Brian Dietzen as Jimmy Palmer prepares to be a father. The episode is written by Steven Binder and is directed by Arvin Brown.

Keith Carridine is an audience favorite, no matter the role. He’s an award-winning actor won who an Academy Award in 1976 for best music, original song, in Robert Altman’s “Nashville.” Carradine wrote and sang “I’m Easy,” which also won a Golden Globe that year as well as being nominated for a Grammy. “Nashville” also starred Karen Black, Ned Beatty, Scott Glenn, Henry Gibson, Ronee Blakley, and Shelley Duvall, several actors who were on their way up almost 40 years ago.

“NCIS” writers know that episodes featuring music are audience favorites, as they featured Lord Michael Des Barres as Rocker Del Finney in season 10 of “NCIS” in episode 3, “Phoenix.” Michael Des Barres enjoyed discussing music with Pauley Perrette, who has an exceptionally smooth voice. Perrette delivers great surprises to listeners who are expecting “Abby sings” and wind up hearing a tremendously talented singer/songwriter.

On the “NCIS: Benchmark” official TV soundtrack CD, released September, 2013, Perrette’s song, “Somebody Saved You,” will delight and surprise you. Des Barres’ song, “Forgive Me” is on there, as well as Michael Weatherly’s “Under the Sun,” which is a tune that fans of the “Tiva” pairing might well find inspiring.

Every fan of the show knows that Leroy Jethro Gibbs listens only to classic country-western music, so someone, probably DiNozzo, will have to explain to him who, or what, a Manheim Gold is. Mark Harmon knows, but Gibbs doesn't.

Keith Carridine is a gifted musician in addition to veteran actor, so it’s very likely that one of his songs performed (as Manheim Gold) in the show will make it to a future “NCIS” soundtrack CD.

Also coming up later this spring will be the two-part “NCIS” episode, currently being filmed, featuring Scott Bakula, which will hopefully become the spin-off, if CBS picks it up, known as “NCIS: New Orleans,” also featuring Lucas Black and Paige Turco.

On March 4, 2014, the 250th episode of “NCIS” was broadcast and with continued fresh writing and casting of guest stars such as Keith Carradine, there’s every reason to expect at least 100 more episodes of equal quality. Stay tuned, because there’s always something good happening on “NCIS.”

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