Actual story courtesy of Deadline. My comments below the article.
EXCLUSIVE: CBS’ top drama series, NCIS, will no doubt be back for an eighth season, but what about the cast? While star Mark Harmon, who is also a producer on the show, is locked in, the four other original cast members, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette, David McCallum and Sean Murray (he started off as a recurring in season 1), have no deals beyond the current seventh season. And from what I hear, talks between the actors and CBS TV Studios, which produces the hit procedural, have slowed down with the two sides far apart on the money. My understanding is that the studio went to the cast members with pretty low-ball offers, leading to the impasse.
At least a couple of the quartet are making well under $100,000 per episode, which is low for a hit seven-year-old series. I hear co-star Cote de Pablo, whose deal is up after next season, also has been approached with a similar low offer to extend her contract. In addition to Harmon and de Pablo, also set to return is regular Rocky Carroll, who also has a deal in place for next season. He joined the show in Season 5 as a recurring and was upped to regular the following year.
This is one of television’s most popular shows, and perhaps my favorite. For seven seasons I’ve watched the “team” evolve into one of the most charming shows in recent TV history. While I don’t think this will end up being a REAL problem, and expect it to be rectified before the beginning of filming for the eighth season, the idea of having the show without any of Tony, Tim, Ducky, or Abbey is just tough to imagine. They need to get them resigned.