‘NCIS’ Fans Have a Hard Time Seeing ‘the Show Last Much Longer’

by Suzanne Halliburton
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Has NCIS run out of steam as the series tries to skip through its 19th season without the show’s long-time star?

Gary Cole, as Alden Parker, officially took over as NCIS special agent in charge Monday night for the episode “False Start.” The first two months of season 19 wrapped up the Mark Harmon as Leroy Jethro Gibbs story line while setting up the rest of the season with a new team dynamic.

Fans are kicking around the idea that NCIS may be winding down as a series with all the cast upheaval.

It’s an entire topic on Reddit. The thread was started after Monday’s episode. One fan wrote: “Given we’re currently in Season 19, I don’t foresee the show lasting much longer.

“One of the things I have always loved about NCIS — aside from the fact that it’s based on a real agency and Navy/Marines-based and not your typical NYPD or FBI unit police procedural — is that it had a true family dynamic behind the week-to-week case and major story-arcs which separated it from other dramas past and present.”

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This NCIS Group Is Family, Albeit a New One

Granted, this version of NCIS wants to be a family, but one trying to get used to each other. Parker brought kolaches for his first official day on the job. He followed it up with more breakfast pastries, bringing a Mexican variety. He said his super power is finding the best foreign pastries in any city.

And Parker tells the team he’s trying to figure out the super talents of each one of the agents/investigators/analysts. He discovered that McGee (Sean Murray) was a two-time state track champion. Jess Knight (Katrina Law) was a college track star and Torres (Wilmer Valderrama) can coach. It takes skills and focus to have all those traits.

Another NCIS fan wrote:

“I’ve been thinking about this, and I have a different way to look at the current NCIS. If we compare it to the classic NCIS with Gibbs, DiNozzo, Ziva, Abby, Ducky, etc, then it’s easy to be disappointed because I miss the old crew like everyone else does.

“However, if I just look at it in its current form as it’s own show (let’s call it NCIS: Washington DC) without comparing it to the classic show, it’s not a bad show at all. It’s basically a spin-off of itself…and not a bad spinoff either.”

Outside of Football, Show Tops Mondays

Although the NCIS audience has decreased since the season premiere, Sept. 20, the show still is winning the Monday night, non-football ratings sweepstakes. Monday night’s episode drew an audience of 7.06 million, which topped The Voice with 6.34 million for audience supremacy.

Writers called next Monday’s episode Docked. According to CBS, here’s the plot summary: “NCIS investigates the death of a man on a cruise ship whose body is discovered in the ship’s sauna by none other than McGee’s mother-in-law, Judy.”

And there’s a twist. Patricia Richardson of Home Improvement fame is Judy. Stick with Outsider for more details.