After weeks of speculation about the show’s future, it’s official: “NCIS” will be entitled to Season 19, which has just been commissioned by CBS. And icing on the cake, Mark Harmon will continue to play Gibbs. But for how many episodes?
The suspense concerning the future of NCIS: Special investigations is finally over: the American channel CBS announced yesterday the renewal of its flagship series for a season 19 which should logically begin at the start of the academic year across the Atlantic.
This good news is accompanied by another confirmation that should delight fans of the successful detective series since Mark Harmon, who has played Gibbs since the first episode aired in 2003 and also serves as executive producer, will be present in the credits. of this nineteenth batch, after weeks of doubts and speculations.
In February, the Hollywood Reporter revealed that Mark Harmon had expressed a wish to quit NCIS and move on after 18 years of loyal service. But the channel would then have let him know that it would certainly end the series if he decided to leave, and the comedian would then have agreed to start negotiations in order to potentially return for at least a handful of episodes.
These negotiations have clearly borne fruit, but the Hollywood Reporter, who confirms Gibbs’ presence in season 19, adds that it is still unclear whether Mark Harmon will be back full-time or if his character will only appear in a limited number of episodes. Along the same lines, CBS has not revealed how many episodes this nineteenth round would include, after seasons 17 and 18 shortened due to the Covid epidemic.
On the casting side, TVLine confirms that Katrina Law, who played Quinn Liu in the final season of Hawaii Five-0, will join the regular NCIS cast as Special Agent Jessica Knight, who works for NCIS REACT and specializes in negotiation in the context of hostage-taking. A new character who will make his first appearance, before that, in the last two episodes of the current season 18.
Despite the recent cancellation of NCIS: New Orleans, which will end in May after 7 seasons, the renewal of the parent series is not very surprising, despite increasingly long and complicated contract negotiations over the years. years, since NCIS remains the most watched drama on American television with, on average, 15 million viewers each week.
However, there remains a big question mark concerning the NCIS franchise: the future of NCIS: Los Angeles, which already has 12 seasons on the clock and is not part of the wave of renewals announced yesterday by CBS.
As for the third spin-off in preparation, NCIS: Hawaii, the channel has still not commented on its order, or not. But according to several American media, this new variation is on track. And could, for the first time since the launch of the franchise, have a female main character. Case to follow.