Well, wasn’t this the worst-kept TV secret of all time? Even though it had not been discussed too much over the “NCIS” hiatus (mostly because we were pressing the panic button time and time again over Cote de Pablo and hoping at some point the result would change), Colin Hanks has now confirmed that he is now back on the show’s set, and will be doing some work to air early this season.
Just in case you want some “proof” (which apparently can now be defined by Twitter posts), take a look at what Colin had to say:
“Back on the NCIS set and I’ve decided that when I die I want to come back as Mark Harmon’s dog. #RealWondermutt”
Given the nature of this character, we cannot really imagine that this story for Colin has a particularly great ending. That is not exactly good news for Hanks, who we don’t want to see become “that guy who dies” after what happened to him on “Dexter.” (His most significant contribution on that show was being dead at the same time Deb saw her brother sticking in the knife.)
“NCIS” returns to CBS on September 24, and this first episode back will also help to set the stage for Cote’s sad departure, which, despite all of the fan campaigns, is still going to happen, at least for the time being. (Maybe she’ll turn up down the road/ It’s hard to say.)
The show remains a titan for CBS regardless of what happens anywhere else, but we can all at least agree on one thing: This news is not a shock. Next thing you know, they will be telling us that Gibbs has issues to sort out.