Beginning on January 3, 1997, and ending on April 18, 1997, was the second season of JAG on CBS. David James Elliott and Catherine Bell starred in the season, made by Belisarius Productions in collaboration with Paramount Television. JAG premiered its first season on NBC and its second season on CBS as Mr. & Mrs. Smith’s midseason replacement. JAG changed networks during its second season, airing on CBS. The series, which became a “legal [drama] and action,” was initially offered to Donald P. Bellisario by CBS and ABC. Catherine Bell was chosen to play Major Sarah “Mac” MacKenzie after Tracey Needham, the
co-star, left the project. Leslie Moonves, the president of CBS, and Leslie Bellisario “cast Catherine Bell, and never heard another word from [Moonves] – who took great satisfaction in the fact that it was part of the building brick that started the CBS turnaround.”
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The episode opens with a military aircraft intercepting a U.S. Mail truck near Yuma, Arizona, and stealing its carefully packaged cargo—the Declaration of Independence—from the car. Lieutenant Commander Harmon “Harm” Rabb, Jr., Major Sarah “Mac” MacKenzie, and Lieutenant JG Bud Roberts, along with their new colleague, Lieutenant Commander Harmon “Harm” Rabb, Jr., the Judge Advocate General, Rear Admiral A.J. Chegwidden was the one to give the task. Clayton Webb (Steven Culp), who holds the title of “Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State,” looks into the theft and the alleged involvement of Marine Colonel Matthew O’Hara (Carmen Argenziano). The veteran Vietnam War and Medal of Honor recipient is just a cover for the CIA. When one of his men seizes a ZNN satellite uplink and Colonel O’Hara broadcasts his message from the right-wing militia “The Defenders” on live television and demands a payment to bring the document back.
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Donald P. Bellisario, the creator of JAG, served in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years before landing his first network television job as a story editor for the World War II-era series Baa Baa Black Sheep. In this position, he developed a habit of advocating a consistent pro-military stance in a field where he believed the “antiwar” and “anti soldier” mentality to be the norm. Not just one but three of the primary characters of Magnum P.I., of which Bellisario was a co-creator, parodied the stereotype of “crazed Vietnam veterans” prevalent in the post-Vietnam war era. After his television series Quantum Leap was canceled, Bellisario transferred his production contract from Universal to Paramount, run by former Universal executive Kerry McCluggage. He then started writing a one-shot screenplay about a murder mystery on board a Navy aircraft carrier from the U.S, where the victim was a woman and naval aviator.