‘NCIS’: Is Season 19 Going to Be the Final Season?

by Joe Rutland

“NCIS” is coming up on its 19th season on CBS. It has produced a number of spin-offs, too. Will this be the signature show’s final season?

According to an article from the British newspaper Express, fans have mixed thoughts about the answer to that question. There are some things that happened last season which leave people guessing about another season.

Mark Harmon, who plays Jethro Gibbs, found himself suspended in the storyline of “NCIS.” But Harmon himself wanted to reduce his time spent on the show. It’s understandable since Harmon has been with the show since its first episode.

‘NCIS’ Fans Discuss Possibility Of Seeing Longtime CBS Show Ending

Also, actress Emily Wickersham, who played Agent Ellie Bishop, left the series after last season. Bishop took on a secret mission and also shared a long-awaited kiss with actor Wilmer Valderrama’s character, Special Agent Nick Torres.

Fans actually started talking about the possibility of “NCIS” ending in a recent Reddit thread.

“I don’t think the current cast could carry the show with Gibbs being in a small number of episodes,” one Redditor wrote. “I think the old cast that was a lot more quirky could. Back when we had Abby [Pauley Perrette], Ducky [David McCallum], and Tony [Michael Weatherly]. I think the old days of the funny banter between Tony and McGee could carry it. Not this cast.”

Another writer chimed in, saying, “I don’t ever want it to end, but it needs to. It needs to wrap it up before it’s just a big joke.”

Future Of Show Beyond Season 19 Remains In Balance With Series

Yet another Redditor said, “I agree. Unless they have a stellar, amazing season 19, it’s time to cut it before it becomes a complete loss.”

Now Perrette and Weatherly are no longer with “NCIS” while McCallum will be back when Season 19 starts in September.

As for the series’ future, there has been no official word from CBS about “NCIS” past this season. Fans will have to just wait and see.

One of the show’s recurring characters that has helped “NCIS” throughout the years is actor Joe Spano, who plays Agent Fornell. Showrunner Steven D. Binder recently confirmed that Spano will reprise his role in this upcoming season.

Spano has appeared in every season of the show outside of one. Getting some happy news about someone that’s been stable and coming back is some good news.

This is not Spano’s first rodeo as part of a series. On his IMDb page, it shows that Spano has been in 54 total “NCIS” episodes. Last season, Spano had one of the most important roles in the season plot-wise.

Spano, though, was a star on “Hill Street Blues.” Other shows that he’s appeared on include “Warlock Moon,” “Hollywoodland,” and “Fracture.”