Drew Carey, best known for his comedic work, will join a major broadcast drama series when he takes on a guest role on CBS’s “NCIS.” Deadline reports that Carey will appear in an episode called “Handle With Care,” scheduled to air in early March.
Carey will play retired Marine Sergeant John Ross, who ships care packages to active-duty servicemembers. “He is the lead suspect in a murder case after one of his care packages contains cookies laced with cyanide,” Deadline reports. “A loyal and honorable veteran, Ross is determined to help Gibbs and the team locate the real culprit and clear his name.”
The report quotes a joint statement from “NCIS” showrunners Frank Cardea and George Schenck saying: “With the casting of John Ross, a retired Marine, we needed an actor who could play the outgoing, passionate side of the character but also the dark reality that he is still haunted from being a prisoner of war for many years. We are thrilled to have Drew Carey, who served in the Marine Reserves, as a Marine portray this complex role and look forward to fans seeing him in this powerful and heart-warming episode.”
Carey took over the venerable CBS game show “The Price Is Right” following the departure of Bob Barker, and has hosted the show since 2007.