Will David McCallum return to NCIS season 15? There certainly were some questions that were raised at the end of tonight’s episode.
With that being said, we don’t think that there are major signs that the episode tonight is going to be the last one for McCallum or the Ducky character. For one, consider this — CBS recently confirmed that Pauley Perrette is leaving at the end of the show after being a part of it from the beginning. With McCallum, they made no advance announcement and you figure that they would for a beloved performer. The ending here was also somewhat abrupt and without much of a proper goodbye when it comes to the vast majority of the cast. He deserves that in the way that all longtime characters on the show do.
In terms of the story, there are also some things to consider here. For one, his lecturer gig only seems to be a temporary one with a defined end date at the end of it. Maybe that changes down the road, but signs do point towards an eventual return. This could also just mean that we do see David here and there, but a little less than in the past. It would make some sense to do this, given that this is a character who clearly does have a lot of interests and there’s only so much time that he can continue to pursue all of them while within the confines of a lab.
As for whether or not there is a precedent to actors taking a hiatus from CBS shows, there is. For example, Matthew Gray Gubler has taken a few breaks in Criminal Minds over the years, and there are certainly plenty of people who have taken family leave over the years. There are obviously going to be many different opportunities in order to see the character back down the road — for now, we do know that he is still listed as a cast member, so there is no definite evidence that McCallum is leaving.
If that ever does happen or more information is released, we’ll be sure to let you know. For the time being, though, we don’t believe this is the last that you’ll of Ducky. Consider this more of a temporary scaling back if anything else, but we still have to wait until the show returns next week to even know if that is going to happen. Beyond just this, we do know that we’re going to see a new cast member next week in Maria Bello. Head over here in the event you want to get a preview here at CarterMatt for what is coming up next.
Update: Here’s more proof that Ducky will return — see the tweet below via Brian Dietzen.
Do you think David McCallum will return to NCIS?
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Don’t be thrown too much. Ducky shall return. Just did a scene with David today. :)
— Brian Dietzen (@BrianDietzen) October 11, 2017
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