‘NCIS’: Here’s Everything We Know About Season 19

by Jacklyn Krol
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Season 19 of NCIS is sure to be one for the books.

The first episode is titled “Blood in the Water” which will be directed by Michael Zinberg. Meanwhile, the spinoff New Orleans completed last season. Los Angeles was picked up for 13. Furthermore, the new spinoff Hawai’i is set to premiere after NCIS‘ Season 19 premiere.

TV Insider published photos from the premiere episode. The snapshots confirmed that all of the main cast members have returned aside from Emily Wickersham, who left last season.

“As the NCIS team searches for Gibbs after wreckage from his boat is discovered, they find out he was tracking a serial killer with journalist Marcie Warren, who wrote an exposé on him,” the description reads.

You’ll recall that Mark Harmon’s real-life wife Pam Dawber starred as investigative journalist Marcie appeared last season. She has been confirmed to return for the season opener as she helps the NCIS team hunt down a serial killer.

Showrunner Speaks Out

Showrunner Steven D. Binder spoke with TV Line to tease the upcoming season. He said that the shocking finale which left Gibbs on his boat when a bomb went off, was shot in different ways. Binder noted that there “were a lot of different ways to cut it.”

Meanwhile, fans have been patiently (or not so patiently) been waiting to learn of Gibbs’ fate. The teaser showed an injured but alive Gibbs.

“And what we left with was something that we felt left all possibilities open,” he added. “We know he’s not dead right there, and we know he’s able to swim well enough…. All things are still possible with Gibbs.”

The good news is, the team will in fact reunite.

“Gibbs has been hunting down this serial killer, and he’s doing it alone,” Binder pointed out. “He’s cut off from his team… but in the beginning episodes, that’s going to change.”

Which ‘NCIS’ Cast Members Will Return?

Firstly, Fornell, played by Joe Spano, has been confirmed to return this season. He has appeared in a total of 54 episodes and all seasons but one.

Secondly, two cast members have been promoted to series regulars. This follows Ellie Bishop, played by Emily Wickersham’s departure. Gary Cole’s character, Special Agent Holden Park, has been kept secretive. Some fans theorized that his character was kept under wraps because he will turn out to be a villain. Others believe that he could be out for Gibbs’ job. Additionally, Katrina Law will play special agent Jessica Knight. You’ll recall that she was briefly seen last season.

TV Line reported that Harmon will only appear in a few episodes of the upcoming season. Two sources said that “It’s going to be in the low single digits”. Rumors swirled that Harmon was ready to exit this season. It’s important to note that CBS nor Harmon have confirmed how much he will be in Season 19.

“We take it year by year with Mark,” CBS entertainment chief Kelly Kahl told Deadline earlier this year. “We’d love to have him as long as he’d like to be here…. [W]e’re happy to work around his schedule.”

NCIS Season 19 premieres on September 20 at 9 PM ET on CBS. This will be followed by the premiere episode of NCIS: Hawai’i.