On Thursday, “NCIS” fans got a revealing sneak peek at the upcoming seasons of both the original crime show and its new spin-off series, “NCIS: Hawai’i.”
With about a month to go until the premiere of “NCIS” Season 19 and the first season of “NCIS: Hawai’i,” fans broke down every single frame in the 20-second teaser trailer. Mostly, eagle-eyed fans noticed the appearance of one special agent whose boat blew up at the end of last season.
That’s right, “NCIS” fans. Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs is back in action, at least for the first episode, according to Hello! Magazine. When the teaser trailer broke on Twitter last week, Hello! noticed several fans tweeting about Gibbs’ return when it seemed like he was down for the count.
“Gibbs is back!” one fan said, according to the outlet.
“So happy to see that Mark Harmon is in the new season! I’ve heard so many rumors that he’s not returning, looks like that wasn’t true!!” another wrote.
While we (hoped) that Gibbs would return in full force this season, reports from CBS indicate that Mark Harmon will appear in fewer ‘NCIS’ episodes. It sounds like other characters on the show will get more screentime, and their storylines will be the main focus for Season 19.
Mark Harmon is 69 years old, after all, and has been playing Gibbs for almost 20 years. Hello! reported that he’s looking to retire from acting soon, which will only happen if the ‘NCIS’ showrunners write Gibbs out of the show cleanly and expertly (fans would expect nothing less).
Haven’t seen the new teaser trailer yet? Check it out for yourself below.
Several Fans Disapprove of New ‘NCIS’ Monday Showtime
While several fans applauded the new ‘NCIS’ teaser trailer in the Twitter comments, just as many used the platform to lodge their complaints. Most of them centered around the brand new Monday showtime, which viewers worry will directly conflict with Monday Night Football.
“Why move to a Monday when it was solid on Tuesdays? Wondering if the network considered Monday Night Football? I can see the ratings suffer,” one Twitter user commented. They also used a hashtag with the phrase, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
Another replied to that fan’s tweet by saying, “The lead star, Mark Harmon is part-time, in some locations it’s opposite the NFL, the remaining cast can’t carry the show, the stars people cared about left a long time ago. The #NCIS franchise is dying a slow death #RIPNCIS.”
This person wasn’t the only one to feel like “NCIS” is going in on too many seasons. “#NCIS is past its prime. It’s a dying horse. Not interested in the Hawaii version. One less night of tv watching is always a good thing,” another Twitter user wrote.
We’ll see how both Season 19 of “NCIS” and Season 1 of “NCIS: Hawai’i” hold up when they premiere on Sept. 20.