'NCIS' season 14 premiere spoilers: Jennifer Esposito joins cast

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Even though there were earlier reports that Sarah Clarke will be reprising her role as Tess Monroe in the upcoming season 14 of “NCIS,” it looks like that plan has been ditched by the makers of the long running American action police-procedural television series.

With the addition of a new character to be played by actress Jennifer Esposito, it certainly will no longer make any sense if Clarke makes a return after a brief appearance in the finale of season 13. Alex Quinn, the character to be played by Esposito, has some obvious similarities to Monroe, per The Bit Bag. Quinn happens to be another special agent who will come with the combination of smarts and unique beauty and will definitely want to make a good first impression to the team. A report revealed that Quinn will portray a highly experienced agent who previously served as an instructor at the Law Enforcement Training Center.

Executive producer Gary Glasberg confirmed Esposito’s entry to the show. “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,” he said, with the last phrase of his statement implying that the character of Monroe might not have been a good fit for what the series is looking for.

So, the 43-year-old American actress will be joining Wilmer Valderrama as the new recruits for the new season of “NCIS.” Both are expected to work with another star who recently got promoted as a series regular Duane Henry, who plays MI6 officer Clayton Reeves. Also, mainstays Mark Harmon, Pauley Perrette, Sean Murray, and David McCallum will all be reprising their roles.

With a couple of fresh faces in the upcoming season, “NCIS” in some way is given a fresh start after the departure of main star Michael Weatherly.

Season 14 of “NCIS” will premiere on Sept. 20.