It’s mid-August. NCIS fans have nothing to watch but reruns of their favorite show. So CBS offered them a taste to get them through the next few weeks.
We’re adding the caveat that the taste, in the form of a video clip, is only a few seconds long. But there’s Marmon’s Leroy Jethro Gibbs cocking a rifle. He’s very much alive. And he looks healthy, given that he survived a boat explosion. There’s also a glimpse of Vanessa Lachey as Jane Tennant. She’s starring in the new NCIS: Hawai’i, a spinoff of the OG.
TV Insider tweeted the exclusive clip. It touted it as:
“EXCLUSIVE— CBS is gearing up for action-packed Monday nights this fall with NCIS and NCIS: Hawaii. Get a first look at Vanessa Lachey’s Jane Tennant and Mark Harmon’s Gibbs in action with this exclusive promo!”
Video Shows Harmon, Lachey Holding Up NCIS Badges
The video first offers an overhead glimpse of Washington, D.C., where NCIS is based. You hear sirens and the cock of a rife. Then, the mood switches to the beach. There’s a surfer and the sound of waves. And Mark Harmon and Vanessa Lachey appear, holding their badges and announcing NCIS.
Then the tease ends: “We just solved Mondays.”
Yes, Mondays in the fall will be about NCIS, first with Harmon’s crew, then NCIS: Hawai’i. Lachey, as Tennant, is in charge of the Pearl Harbor office. It’s the first time any of the shows featured a woman as the special agent in charge.
Circle your calendar. The premiere of each show is set for Sept. 20. That’s less than six weeks away. CBS may tease that it’s solved Monday nights. But all eyes will be on the ratings generated by the most-watched scripted drama on television. It dominated when it played on Tuesdays. But the move to Monday will test that strength considering NCIS and its Hawaii spinoff will go head-to-head with prime-time NFL football.
We’re hoping NCIS answers the obvious question in the premiere from May’s season finale. What happened to Gibbs? His boat blew up in the middle of a lake. But as the episode finished, we see him swimming away. Reports indicate that Mark Harmon won’t be on many episodes this fall, so will writers put a Gibbs story on the backburner and let it simmer all season? Or will we get answers right away?
The show hired Gary Cole to play an FBI agent. Cole won’t be replacing Mark Harmon, but his character surely will be impactful on season 19.
Then there’s NCIS: Hawai’i. Will there be a crossover with the agents from the D.C. office? Or maybe from NCIS: Los Angeles? By the way, the LA show got to keep its Sunday night time slot. It starts season 13, Oct. 10.