Intelligence

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Happy National Josh Holloway Comes Back to TV Day, y'all!

Yes, it's true: The handsome Lost star is finally gifting us with his presence in our livings room on a weekly basis, thanks to his new gig headlining CBS' epic-sounding drama Intelligence and we were lucky enough to chat with Holloway and his new-costars CSI's Marg Helgenberger and Once Upon a Time's Meghan Ory on the red carpet at the network's upfront presentation in New York City.

Our first question for Holloway: What took so dang long?!

"'Cause I'm lazy," he says before laughing hysterically. "That's partially true. No, I wanted to do some movies and experience that world, so I did. And I have three coming out this year, so that's pretty fun. I really wanted to enjoy this precious time with my daughter. She's four years old, so I figured now's the time to spend time with her. And it's a lot. Six years on a show is a lot and I was ready for a little change, a little breath, a little something different. Now I'm ready and I'm ready to get back to work!"

In the new drama, Holloway plays an agent with a microchip implanted in his brain that allows him to access the entire electromagnetic spectrum. So yeah, just call him the Anti-Sawyer!

"I definitely wanted to do something other than that character and this was also something I grew up loving. I grew up with three brothers and we always played spy and sneak and all these games. I grew up wanting to be James Bond or a Mission: Impossible agent," he explains of what drew him to the role. "I was like this is a no-brainer and also it's just a skill set I haven't gotten to use a lot. I've done martial arts for years and I have a good bit of experience with weapons and so forth...I did it on Mission: Impossible for like a blip. [Laughs.]  It just naturally attracted me and I thought  the script was really smart and current."

But he isn't the only beloved actor on the cast returning to TV as Helgenberger is coming back after leaving CSI a few seasons ago. "I loved the script, I  thought it was incredibly smart," she explains of her decision.

And Once Upon a Time fans will be happy to hear that Ory hopes to return as Red Riding Hood on the ABC fantasy it. There's talk that I have not disappeared forever, so I think they are going to try and work a little something out as I hope they do," she tells us.

To hear more from the cast of Intelligence, watch our interview with them above!

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