'NCIS' season 14 release: Jennifer Esposito joins cast; Duane Henry promoted to series regular

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Following the heart-wrenching exit of Special Agent Tony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly), viewers will see more faces making their debut on CBS’ long running procedural drama “NCIS” season 14.

According to Deadline, “Blue Bloods” alumna Jennifer Esposito has been added to the cast and will play the role of NCIS Special Agent Alexandra “Alex” Quinn. Her character is described as “an experienced agent who left field work and became an instructor at the Law Enforcement Training Center.”

It turns out that Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon) will try to encourage her to go back into the field as part of his team. He is said to take advantage of her sharp wit, quick mind and immense talent as a federal agent. She will be introduced during the new season’s premiere episode.

“We couldn’t be happier to have Jennifer Esposito joining us for Season 14. She embodies everything that we hoped for in the character of Quinn, and we can’t wait to have her come be a part of our team,” executive producer Gary Glasberg said in a statement.

The actress took to Twitter to share her excitement in returning to the network, “thanks CBS I’m happy to be back with you!! See you back on TV in the fall!” she tweeted.

Speculations suggest that the newcomer may be filling the void left by DiNozzo and will provide the same comedic relief as him. However, it remains to be seen if it comes to fruition.

Moreover, actor Duane Henry, who guest starred in the final two episodes of season 13 as MI6 Officer Clayton Reeves, has been promoted to regular mainstay for the follow-up narrative. Viewers may remember that Reeves, who was part of the task force last season, was able to rise above his British blue-collar roots and become a successful government agent.

Aside from Esposito and Henry, Wilmer Valderrama will also join the ensemble. He will portray an NCIS field agent who disappeared after going on a deep cover assignment many years ago.

Season 14 of “NCIS” is slated to air on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. ET.