Just how much are we going to get of Mark Harmon as Gibbs on NCIS season 19? We know that he’s coming back, but trying to get anyone involved with the show to say more than that is somewhat of a challenge.
We know that rumors out there suggest that the actor will appear in just a handful of upcoming episodes, so why won’t anyone either confirm or deny that 100%? There could be a few different reasons…
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In a new interview with Deadline this week at the TCA Summer Press Tour, CBS programming boss Kelly Kahl had his own unique way of taking on the question of Harmon’s future: “Mark’s always been part of the show, Mark’s always going to be part of the show … In terms of his on-air appearances, we’re just going to have to see how it plays out going forward.”
Why not say more than that? It’s likely because it’s a no-win discussion for CBS to have right now. If they specify an exact episode count, that could discourage viewers from watching episodes that do not feature Gibbs. Meanwhile, walking away from the question entirely just makes people mad. There is no real middle ground here, but they’ve determined that keeping people upset and/or in the dark is better than the alternative of them losing interest in the show. Their hope may be that people watch some episodes without Gibbs and legitimately enjoy them — they way, they avoid having to make too many statements at all about Harmon’s future. If Mark himself ever wants to leave the show entirely, there’s a chance he could make that clear in some sort of statement.
How much of Mark Harmon do you think we’ll see on NCIS season 19?
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