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Soon, Harm realizes he's proved all he wanted to prove and that his true love and passion is for the law. He's welcomed back to JAG but not as the prodigal son--someone else has his old office and Mac now outranks him, though, Harm will eventually be promoted to full commander. (He'll also have a relationship with another woman.) Additionally, Admiral A.J. Chegwidden (John M. Jackson) who is a former Navy SEAL will continue his role as the tough guy with a soft side who oversees all JAG cases. Lieutenant Bud Roberts (Patrick Labyorteaux), a former JAG law clerk turned attorney, will impress his colleagues with his clever legal maneuvers.

JAG's impressive cast of recurring characters includes Australian LCDR Mic Brumby (Trevor Goddard), CIA Officer Clayton Webb (Steven Culp), Marine Gunnery Sgt. Victor Galindez (Randy Vasquez), Lt. JG Harriet Sims (Karri Turner) and Petty Officer Tiner (Chuck Carrington).

JAG's newest character, Marine Gunnery Sgt. Victor Galindez (Randy Vasquez), is brought in to run the JAG office and his background in police work comes in handy. Notes Bellisario, "We wanted another character who was not an officer and we also wanted a Hispanic. There are a lot of Hispanics in the Marines and Navy. It was time they were represented."

Lt. JG Harriet Sims is an administrative assistant who married Bud and had their baby last season and Steven Culp returns as Clayton Webb, a CIA operative whose tactics and hidden motives often clash with the interests of JAG. Another wild card, Australian LCDR Mic Brumby will continue his pursuit of Mac and his rivalry with Harm will set them on a collision course.

Chuck Carrington (Petty Officer Tiner) began as an extra three years ago, but his role has since increased, thanks partly to a flood of e-mail from young female fans. In fact, JAG's audience has grown increasingly younger, a surprise since the under-35 demographic has little familiarity with the military milieu of the series. But, then again, JAG has been a surprise from the beginning.

Envisioned as a cross between "Top Gun" and "A Few Good Men," with an action-filled feature film look, the series had to boast one of the most ambitious production processes in television history. Bellisario recalls the initial reaction from industry executives, "'Well, you won't be able to produce a show like that.' Then it was, 'Well, you won't be able to do it for a whole season."' Bellisario solved the production problem with a revolutionary approach: Though filmed largely on location in Valencia, CA, JAG utilizes outtakes from major motion pictures, archival footage and excerpts from military training films.

 
 

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