Tonight’s the night! The 19th season of “NCIS” premieres on CBS at 9 p.m. ET and we could not be more excited and relieved to see what becomes of Special Agent Gibbs and his team. However, during a visit on “The Talk,” “NCIS” stars Sean Murray and Wilmer Valderrama teased what new things fans might expect this season. They further touched on what the “NCIS” new time slot means for both the show and viewers.
First and foremost, Murray confirms that “NCIS” picks up “right where we left off. We’re lookin’ for Boss [and] trying to figure out what’s going on.” Although, Murray further emphasized what makes “NCIS” so unique and so successful, despite being 19 seasons into the run.
“We’re 19 seasons in,” he begins. “A lot of times, a show that is that far in starts to rest on its laurels a little bit.” However, he points out that CBS‘s hit drama does the opposite. “We pride ourselves on not doing that,” he shares with the audience, to which his response receives overwhelming applause.
Wilmer Valderrama Explores New Routes on ‘NCIS’
From there, Wilmer Valderrama shares his thoughts on what makes “NCIS” so successful. He starts off with, “What I can tell you is that moving to Monday nights at 9 o’clock gives us a license to really ramp it up.”
And while we can’t exactly be sure what that entails, Valderrama hints that “NCIS” may begin to push boundaries in new ways.
“What you couldn’t do at 8 o’clock, we can do at 9,” he explains. In response, “The Talk” hosts and audience members both reply in deafening agreement.
He continues with, “In the history of the show, we’ve never had the canvas to say, ‘Hey, can we push it beyond these characters? Can we go with this character somewhere else?’ and I think that’s what this season is about.”
He concludes implying that with the shakeup in cast, the new time slot, and a year closer to two decades on screen, the cast and crew really have an opportunity to explore new avenues.
Thankfully, we only have a few hours to go until we find out what those avenues are.
How to Tune in to Tonight’s Premiere
For long-time “NCIS” fans, you all know to tune in to CBS tonight, however, don’t forget the new time slot at 9 p.m. ET rather than 8. While many of us plan to head on over to CBS, the season premiere will also be available for viewing on CBS.com with a cable provider login.
However, those who’ve turned from cable still have the opportunity to catch the “NCIS” season premiere. Options include FuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, and DirecTV Stream.
However, if you’re aware of other, more accessible outlets, be sure to let your fellow “NCIS” fans know.