‘NCIS’ Officially Adds Gary Cole for Season 19 Role, Not as Replacement to Mark Harmon

by Anna Dunn

As Mark Harmon scales back and Emily Wickersham says goodbye, NCIS has added two new cast members to the team. Actor Gary Cole has officially been added to the NCIS cast for season 19. Actress Katrina Law has also been added.

Gary Cole’s addition to the team has been rumored for quite some time. Cole will play FBI Special Agent Alden Park, but not much else is known about his character. While Alden Park won’t replace Gibbs, it does appear Cole’s role on the show will attempt to fill the massive gap Harmon is leaving behind upon his half-exit.

“We haven’t shot a single frame quite yet, but with the addition of Gary Cole and Katrina Law to the cast, this is already shaping up to be one of the best seasons yet,” NCIS executive producer and showrunner Steven D. Binder said in a statement. “Going into season 19, we are excited to have new characters and stories to tell that adds to and reenergizes the world we’ve come to love over the 400+ episodes.

Gary Cole: An Impressive Hollywood Resume

Gary Cole has a very impressive background. His most recent work is on ABC’s Mixed-ish. Before Mixed-ish, Cole played a key role in the hit series Veep. He also plays a role in the critically acclaimed show The Good Fight. He’s also done voice roles for shows such as Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers, and Big Mouth.

Cole and Law join a powerful team of regulars including Mark Harmon, Sean Murray, Wilmer Valderrama, Brian Dietzen, Diona Reasonover, Rocky Carroll and David McCallum.

Many Think Cole’s Addition Helps Set up Harmon’s Exit from ‘NCIS’

The Hollywood Reporter wrote that the addition of Gary Cole is in part to “offset Harmon’s reduced screen time.” Many wonder if this season will be the last for Harmon, and if so, if this season will be the last for NCIS. However, many behind the scenes caution that Cole’s role as Alden Park is not a complete replacement for Harmon. For all we know, he could be an antagonist.

Aside from this, we don’t know much about season 19 yet. We do know, however, that it’ll be in a different time slot. NCIS is moving from its long-held Tuesday night slot for Mondays at 9 pm. It’ll air in the slot before the all-new NCIS: Hawai’i. NCIS: Los Angeles, however, will retain its time slot from last year.

NCIS: New Orleans, however, was canceled by the network after its seventh season. The end of the show came as a shock to fans and cast members alike.

It’s hard to say what’s going to happen with Harmon and the future of the show. Rumors of Harmon’s departure have swirled for months. Now, they’re starting to look more like a reality. The NCIS franchise will continue onward this fall on CBS.