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Nia Long joins ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’

August 4, 2017

Chanel Hill Tribune Staff Writer

The CBS hit series “NCIS: Los Angeles” will be adding to its core group of characters in the fall. Actress Nia Long will be joining the cast as a series regular for Season 9. She will make her debut on the season premiere on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 9:30 p.m.

Long will play Shay Mosley, the team’s new executive assistant director. As a former secret service agent now working for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Mosely is an experienced Washington insider who brings an East Coast demeanor to the West Coast team, according to the CBS website. Her character will fill the void left by the death of NCIS Assistant Director Owen Granger, played on the show for five seasons by the late Miguel Ferrer, who died in January.

“The character was created specifically for Nia to capitalize on her strengths and personality, and we are excited about the new opportunities and dynamics she brings to the show,” said “NCIS: Los Angeles” executive producer R. Scott Gemmill in a statement. “We couldn’t be happier to have her join our family.”

Long has appeared in numerous movies and television shows over the course of her career, including “Boyz n the Hood,” “Love Jones,” “Soul Food,” “The Best Man,” “Big Momma’s House” and “Friday.”

She recently had a recurring role in Fox’s “Empire.” Her small-screen credits also include ABC’s “Uncle Buck,” “The Cleveland Show” and “Third Watch.”

Long can next be seen in the indie film “Lemon.” She also just wrapped up her latest movie, “Life in a Year,” which will hit theaters in 2018.