After a thematic second half of season 13 which was built towards Michael Weatherly’s exit, “NCIS” is raring to go back to its weekly procedural format for its 14th installment, showrunner Gary Glasberg reveals.
In a brief conversation withTV Line, the producer was quoted saying that the he is “super-eager to reset, to move on and move forward … and get back to the lightness and the mystery that ‘NCIS’ is known for.” The series has done an incredibly good job of making sure that all bases were covered with Weatherly’s Tony DiNozzo Jr.’s departure. The character was given enough plot points towards an emotional but fitting send-off that makes sense considering the overall story. In order to cook up a grand arc for Tony, “NCIS” noticeably departed from their weekly case format.
Without a looming game-changer in the horizon, Glasberg is planning to bring back “NCIS” to its core theme with the help of series newbies. Just before the end of season 13, they were able to successfully introduce two new faces joining the squad with Sarah Clarke’s Tess Monroe and Duane Henry’s Clayton Reeves.
Coming to its 14-year run, the Washington-set show is aiming to infuse brand new blood in the show to keep it interesting for loyal viewers.
“We look at (Clarke and Henry’s) terrific performances and figure out how we’re going to move forward,” Glasberg shared in a separate conversation with Deadline. “I’m sure there will be tremendous conversations with the network and internally with our writers, and figure out what’s best for the show.”
Despite having “NCIS” rookies, veteran Mark Harmon will still remain to be the main anchor of the show. It also looks like it will remain to be like that for next two years with Harmon inking a new overall deal with the show. Sean Murray (Timothy McGee), Brian Dietzen (Jimmy Palmer), Rocky Carroll (Leon Vance) and Emily Wickersham (Ellie Bishop) complete the cast.
“NCIS” season 14 will officially begin production by mid-July with filming presumably going to be at Santa Clarita, California. No official small screen return date for “NCIS” has been announced by CBS but fans can expect it later this year.