Life goes on at the Washington Navy Yard for the Major Case Response Team (MCRT) after the departure of their colleague Tony DiNozzo Jr. (Michael Weatherly). And in order to move on, the crew recruits another team member in the yet to be named character of actor Wilmer Valderrama starting season 14 of “NCIS.”
The actor boards the long running police procedural as they break through their forthcoming season. With the crew being undermanned and sorely missing DiNozzo, the show has been looking out for ways to rebuild their crew. Valderrama, on the other hand, is more than pleased with his brand new gig, taking to his social media to express his excitement.
“Thrilled to be joining @NCIS_CBS. We are gonna have some fun. And expect the unexpected. #NCIS @CBS hope you guys are ready,” he wrote on his official Twitter account.
While Valderrama’s role is not intended to be the replacement for Weatherly’s character, his addition is noteworthy as it seems like he will be in charge of delivering the comedic punchlines something that DiNozzo had previously brought to the table. This is according to the role description teased by showrunner Gary Glasberg.
Valderrama will be able to “flex his dramatic, physical and comedic talents,” he told TV Line. “Fans are going to see him like they’ve never seen him before. This is going to be fun. We’re thrilled he’s coming aboard.”
As it turns out, the character that the 36-year-old actor will inhabit is already well-versed in the world the U.S. Navy and the Marine Corps as he has been in a long undercover mission. With his impending return, he will be eager to please chief Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon).
“NCIS'” 13-year stint is mostly rooted from its characters’ dynamics with each other. Arguably, Weatherly’s departure is a huge shake-up for the show and Valderrama’s addition will still be gauged by fans. Nevertheless, Glasberg has previously said that they do welcome the change and take it as an opportunity to freshen up the narrative.
Production is set to start in the middle of July presumably in Santa Clarita, California.
“NCIS” season 14 premieres on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.