Not only is the “NCIS” franchise growing, but the show is about to undergo some changes. While the show’s veteran actor, Mark Harmon, is set to stay on, fans of the series will see a significant difference in the upcoming season.
As “NCIS” embarks into its 19th season, CBS has announced a bold change for the popular crime drama. After 18 years on the air, the show will move from its usual Tuesday slot to Mondays at 9 p.m. ET. The change in schedule leaves an opening for Tuesday, with the new FBI series, “FBI: International,” set to take its place.
The shake-up in slots will also push “Bull” to Thursdays. When viewers tune into CBS on Mondays, they will see “NCIS” paired with a new franchise spinoff: “NCIS: Hawai’i.”
The move will allow the “FBI” series to air on the same night, and it will enable the new “NCIS” spinoff to air alongside its predecessor.
Despite the original and spinoff shows being linked up on Mondays, “NCIS: Los Angeles” will remain in its Sunday timeslot for the next season.
As the franchise embarks on a new series, fans also said goodbye to “NCIS: New Orleans” after seven seasons on May 23. However, it’s difficult to tell what this means for Season 19 or how fans react to the changes.
Fans Witness Major Character Departure During ‘NCIS’ Finale
As for the “NCIS” Season 18 finale, fans got a significant departure from one of its characters. At the close of Tuesday night’s season-ender, Torres (Wilmer Valderrama) realized that Bishop (Emily Wickersham) had purposely outed herself as the leaker of NSA intel, ten years earlier, to cast herself as a “disgraced NCIS agent.”
TVLine readers gave the explosive finale, in which Mark Harmon’s Gibbs also engaged in a bit of deception, an average grade of “B+.”
Wickersham confirmed her exit via Instagram, writing that she is “Hangin this hat and jacked up.”
“What a great ride it’s been,” she continued. “This cast, this crew, are top-notch. I can’t say enough kind words about this group that I’ve had the pleasure of working with. This business is finicky and weird, and consistency is a rarity.”
She added, “A moment in time I surely won’t forget. Thank you CBS and NCIS for including me in a part of television history. Time goes fast. Eat it up but chew slowly.”