“NCIS” is business as usual as the police procedural follow through the schedule for their newest season set to debut sometime in July.
The 14th year and first without Michael Weatherly’s Tony DiNozzo Jr. will be back on production in the middle of July with filming presumably taking place in Santa Clarita, California. But while Weatherly’s departure will surely have some fans nostalgic when they tune in to brand new “NCIS,” showrunner Gary Glasberg is ready to take on the new season with the help of his veterans as well as new cast additions.
Moving past season 14, the drama is also booked for a 15th inning with CBS announcing that they are planning to keep the show for two more years.
“It’s extraordinary that in its 13th season and with over 300 episodes to its credit, ‘NCIS’ continues to excel at such a high level on a global scale,” Glenn Geller, president, CBS Entertainment said in a statement with regards to the double renewal.
The program has maintained their run being the most watched broadcast drama on television for the 7th consecutive year. Its 13th season racked an average 20.19 million viewers in most current ratings and the finale also known as Weatherly’s farewell episode registered an impressive 18.01 million live and same-day viewers.
“It is testimony to an amazing cast, led on and off the screen by the exceptional Mark Harmon, for skillfully bringing this universally appealing team of heroes to life; and to Gary Glasberg and his writers for crafting compelling stories that feature ‘NCIS’s’ signature blend of mystery, quirk, drama and comedy every single week,” Geller added.
Glasberg has also inked a new deal with a three-year contract extension to keep overseeing “NCIS” and dabble with its spinoff, “NCIS: New Orleans.” Lead actor and executive producer Mark Harmon also followed suit with a two-year overall renewal deal.
Arguably, Weatherly’s absence in “NCIS” moving forward will be a tough pill to swallow especially for loyal fans who have followed the show since its debut season. But Glasberg promises that viewers can expect nothing short of the same equal parts humor and suspense that the show has been known for years.