Season 21 of NCIS marks a significant shift as the show airs without any of its original five cast members for the first time.
When NCIS debuted in 2003, it introduced five recurring characters: Gibbs (Mark Harmon), Caitlin Todd (Sasha Alexander), Tony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly), Abby Sciuto (Pauley Perrett), and Ducky Mallard (David McCallum).
Over the past 20 years, each of these characters has departed from the series, with the most recent being Gibbs’ retirement in season 19 and Ducky’s transition from head medical examiner to resident historian. McCallum, although he made occasional cameo appearances, passed away last September, leaving no original cast members on the show.
Some fans may question the status of Sean Murray’s Timothy McGee, who has been part of the show since its inception. While initially a recurring character, he became a series regular in Season 2 when Gibbs promoted him to the team.
However, there are opportunities for reunions with original cast members in Season 21. Both Harmon and Weatherly have expressed interest in returning to the show in the past, particularly for tributes to McCallum or special milestones like the 1000th NCIS episode.
Harmon is already set to re-enter the NCIS universe with NCIS: ORIGINS, where he’ll serve as an executive producer and narrator. Weatherly, keen on resolving unfinished storylines, may entice co-star Cote de Pablo (Ziva) to return as well.
Movieguide® previously reported Weatherly’s desire to revisit his character, Tony DiNozzo, stating that there are more stories to tell. Having portrayed DiNozzo for 13 years before departing in 2016, Weatherly felt it was time for a new challenge.
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