“NCIS” season 14 may be missing very special agent Anthony DiNozzo Jr., played by Michael Weatherly, but the police procedural is adding new blood to the squad for a more interesting season. One of which is the most anticipated debut of Wilmer Valderrama’s Nicholas “Nick” Torres in the forthcoming installment.
While new to the eyes of loyal viewers of the show, Torres is actually far from being a rookie when he gets his official small screen introduction. In fact, narrative-wise he has been on the Navy’s system for quite a while. The lack of him in the 13 glorious years of the series is chalked up to him going on an undercover mission that had him leaving his desk in Washington. Nevertheless, he comes back determined to excel and prove his worth rather than jelling in with his new team.
“He returns from the shadows and can’t find himself at ease, can’t find himself at home, can’t find himself comfortable,” Valderrama explained to Buddy TV, when the outlet caught up with him at the recently held San Diego Comic-Con. “He’s someone who’s been living a double life for a long time. He’s unstable. He’s a lone wolf. He only knows how to do things one way, and that is based on his own instincts. He’s going to be presented with a different dynamic, and that’s not going to sit well.”
However, born from his drive to excel in a group of already seasoned agents, Torres is said to be going to butt heads with Supervisor Leroy Jethro Gibbs, played by Mark Harmon. Despite this, fans can expect a good working relationship will eventually develop between the two. “You know that Nick Torres could add a very different and effective element to the team. But it’s going to take Nick Torres to learn to play with others and that’s going to be a tough road for him,” the Florida native continued.
Aside from Valderrama, “NCIS” has also tapped in Jennifer Esposito as a cast member. She will be playing Special Agent Alexandra “Alex” Quinn. Duane Henry’s MI6 Agent Clayton Reeves was also previously promoted as series regular after debuting at the latter part of last season.
The original timetable reveals that production for the long-running police procedural should have already hit the ground in California.
“NCIS” season 14 premieres on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.