NCIS fans, rejoice: the popular show has been renewed for another season!
The CBS series, which is currently one of the longest-running police procedurals on primetime television, will return with season 20 later this year, alongside sister shows NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: Hawai’i.
The official NCIS Instagram account announced the exciting news with a collage of the cast and the caption: “It’s official: #NCIS is returning for its 20th season! Parker and the team are back for new cases and even more drama. Who’s pumped?”
While most NCIS fans were overjoyed by the post, some couldn’t help but notice that one key member of the NCIS family was missing from the photo collage.
There were no photos of Mark Harmon’s character Gibbs in the Instagram post.
“Will Leroy Jethro Gibbs return?!? “I see no pictures of him above,” one person inquired, while another wrote, “Will we ever see Gibbs again???” #TeamGibbs,”
Someone else commented: “I’m glad the show was renewed. But it’s not the same without Gibbs!” a fourth stated: “Yes, fantastic! BUT WE NEED GIBBS!!”
Last year marked the end of Mark Harmon’s 18-year run as the drama’s lead.
As viewers are aware, Gibbs actor Mark ended his 18-year run as the drama’s lead at the start of season 19, with his character deciding to retire from law enforcement. Following his departure, Gary Cole was introduced as former FBI agent Alden Parker, who took over as the team’s Special Agent in Charge.
However, following Mark’s on-screen departure, showrunner Steve Binder issued a statement strongly implying Gibbs would return.
He stated that not only does Mark “continue to be an integral part of the fabric of the show” as an executive producer off-screen, but that viewers should “never count Leroy Jethro Gibbs out.”
Mark remained in the show’s opening credits throughout Season 19, keeping fans hopeful, so we believe his return now hinges on the season 20 credits.
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