For anyone concerned at all about the future of NCIS, you really don’t need to be. Today, CBS confirmed officially that their longest-running crime drama is coming back for a season 17 — while there is no official premiere date just yet, you can expect it back in the fall as per usual.
In a statement, here’s what CBS Entertainment President Kelly Kahl had to say:
“NCIS has been a global juggernaut for almost two decades … Its viewers are clearly the most loyal of any drama on television. They are passionate about the characters, the plot lines, and the storytelling.
“We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the gifted production team, and the cast, led by the extraordinary Mark Harmon … We are delighted that the show will remain a lynchpin of the CBS schedule this coming season.”
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So what does this mean? First and foremost, that you are getting at least 22 (and likely 24) more episodes of the flagship show back on the air. It also remains clear that the network believes in the show as much as they always have, and we really had zero doubt that they were going to be bringing this show back for more. They didn’t have to announce the renewal this month, but they did in order for everyone to have some confidence and relax going into everything that is coming the remainder of the season.
Insofar as the cast goes, you can expect Harmon to return as Gibbs, as he is currently under contract. The same may be said for some of his co-stars, but this information is not always released publicly. There is an upcoming episode that will take a larger look at the future of McGee as a part of the series, but that’s not something that we’d worry about before we even see the episode come on the air!
For now, this should be seen as a more than celebratory occasion! There are so many ways that this season could end to set up a season 17, whether it be the current Ziva-infused storyline with Bishop or bringing back Secretary of Defense Wynn Crawford, a man who seems to be embroiled in some sort of larger schedule that could lead to some more trouble for him a little more down the line … provided how all of that pans out. We legitimately think that this is a show that could last however long that the cast and producers want for it to; Harmon leaving could be the straw that breaks the metaphorical camel’s back, but he’s often said that he loves being on this show and wants to keep doing it. On April 1st we made a joke about this show going on until season 40, and the reality here is that this is still CBS’ number one show and we could see this show continuing on for years to come. It’s a long time staple of the network that makes boat loads of cash for them, but even more then that this is TV comfort food for fans that can jump into this series at any point any enjoy an episode without feeling lost.
The next new episode of NCIS is going to air on CBS this Tuesday, and if you want to get some more news all about that, you can do so over at the link here.
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