NCIS: Jimmy Palmer’s original role on CBS series uncovered

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NCIS star Brian Dietzen portrays lovable chief medical examiner Jimmy Palmer who has been in the series almost from the very beginning. Series 18 saw Palmer experience a personal tragedy following the loss of his wife Breena Palmer (played by Michelle Pierce). The latest CBS series, however, has seen the forensic expert back at work with his team, however different it may look after 18 years at NCIS.

WARNING: This article contains spoilers from NCIS.

Jimmy became Donald “Ducky” Mallard’s (David McCallum) assistant medical examiner after the murder of Gerald Jackson (Pancho Demmings).

He was murdered by Ziva David’s (Cote de Pablo) half-sister Ari Haswari (Rudolf Martin) when he took Gerald and Ducky hostage.

Jimmy was introduced in the first season episode Split Decision which aired back in 2003.

As time went on, it was decided to make Dietzen a series regular rather than a guest star.

However, there was no guarantee this was going to be the case.

In fact, Dietzen has explained he was meant to be on the NCIS set for just one day.

During an interview with Paul Semel, the 43-year-old actor explained: “I was a one-day guest star.

“But what’s funny is that because it was just a one-day job, I decided to make some really bold choices when I auditioned.

“And they liked it so much that it turned into a 10-year job.”

Dietzen added: “Had it been for a starring role, I would’ve had to test for the network, and if I had done that, I probably would’ve made different choices.

“And I probably wouldn’t have gotten the job.”

With Dietzen only signed up for one day’s worth of filming as Palmer, could it be he was intended to be another victim, killed off shortly after the murder of Gerald?

While he did remain in the show, it wasn’t until season 10 that Dietzen was a series regular, alongside the likes of Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly and Pauley Perrette.

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Dietzen wasn’t the only actor who wasn’t meant to be in NCIS for that long.

Actor Sean Murray who plays Agent Timothy McGee was also initially meant to be a guest in the series.

Producer Frank Cardea revealed: “Sean’s character McGee was created as a one-time thing. It was just going to be an episode.

“A few episodes later, Sean became a regular. He’s become our rock. And when we have those difficult dialogue scenes, we give it to Sean.”

Sadly for fans, NCIS is taking a hiatus away from our screens.

So there will be no new episode airing on Monday, November 15 on CBS.

Instead, NCIS is going to return on Monday, November 29 for episode eight in season 19.

NCIS season 19 is currently airing on CBS in America. A UK release date hasn’t been announced.

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