Is NCIS Season 20 happening? The long-running police procedural crime series that tells the story of a group of agents of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service on CBS continues to solve murders and complex cases every week. The show created by Donald P. Bellisario and Don McGill that initially intended to compete with CSI, outlived it. But can it still go on? Considering that CSI had a reboot and NCIS has had several spin-offs, can a twentieth season be within the horizon?
With more than 400 episodes since 2003, and its latest season even having a crossover with NCIS Hawai’i in the upcoming episodes, the show aims to explore several options within its spin-off franchise, much in the same way that other long-running series have done it, like Law & Order SVU with Law & Order: Organized Crime. Now without any further ado, let’s take a look at the possible upcoming season of NCIS.
Who’s Taking Over the Team After Special Agent Gibbs Retirement?
With the departure of Mark Harmon from NCIS from Season one as Special Agent Gibbs, having his character retiring to icy Alaska at the start of season 19’s episode titled “Great Wide Open,” we might see someone else jumping in to take his place. Though Mark Harmon’s character is retired, we won’t rule him out of potential upcoming episodes though. On that point, showrunner Steve Binder considers Mark Harmon a very fundamental part of NCIS. For one part, the program has always been very keen to stay original to the characters, and over the course of the years, developing the character storyline is fundamental.
As for who’s taking over the NCIS team from Gibb’s retirement, the task of solving the crime and coordinating the forces to put the bad guys behind bars is none other than Alden Parker. He’s played by Gary Cole. You might recall Gary from his roles from HBO’s Veep opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus and “The Good Wife” opposite Julianna Margulies.
Who’s rounding the cast of NCIS?
If we see the twentieth season of NCIS, we could expect the bulk of the current cast we’re seeing for season 19 to return. Unless the producers and writers decide to kill somebody, we can expect to see Sean Murray playing Timothy McGee, Leon Vance playing Rocky Carroll. Former That 70’s Show actor Wilmer Valderrama will play Nick Torres. David McCallum will play Doctor Donald Mallard. Kasie Hines will be played by Diona Reasonover, and lastly, Katrina Law will play Jess Knight.
NCIS Season 19 Promo Trailer:
Where To Watch NCIS?
Simply tune in to CBS at the air time to watch NCIS. On the other hand, you can watch it online through Paramount+ or its Amazon Prime Video Add-on, and NCIS has 15 seasons available to stream on Netflix. If you have DirecTV, you can watch the first thirteen seasons for free. The show is also available to watch on Fubo TV, Spectrum, and Sling TV (five seasons). USA Network (1 season) and Pluto TV (1 season) (1 season). Finally, the episodes are available for purchase or rental through Apple iTunes, Amazon Direct Video. Google Play, the Microsoft Store, and Vudu.
NCIS Season 20 Potential Plotlines
It’s a bit hard to predict the possible plotlines for NCIS season 20, considering the show is still on the run, but we might see some cliffhangers at the end of this season. After all, from season eighteen to season nineteen, we saw how Special Agent Gibbs almost got blown to smithereens off a boat blast. Also, last season ended with a serial murderer was out on the loose.
What we’re sure likely to see is how the team adapts to Gibbs no longer being in charge. Moreover, we will also see how the new leadership adapts to handle the crew. On that point, Gary Cole is quite excited about that, and although he’s gone to comment that his character isn’t exactly the talkative kind. Still, we will find a likable character in him as he’s tech-savvy and tries to make a spot for himself in the team.
NCIS Paused Production in Early January 2022
With the surge of the Omicron Coronavirus variant, and just one year after the outbreak delays, the production crew of NCIS delayed production. That’s right, earlier in January, the cast and crew of NCIS had to pause their work after several positive tests in the area where the cast mingles. And that was quite a bummer as they were planning to shoot that crossover episode with NCIS: Hawai’i. That means that the show was put on hold for a couple of weeks.
But that’s not the only NCIS seeing a halt. Because NCIS: Los Angeles also had a halt until mid-February as well. And though CBS does have a few episodes recorded to make up for it, the weeks are shedding away, and the demand begins to show up. Additionally, CBS faces a Covid spike in their studios, facing them to put even stricter measures to deal with the safety of cast and crew while facing moderate delays in their release schedules.
While CBS Balks, Competitors Smile
CBS’ misery is the success of their rivals. Take Disney, for example, that company is going full steam ahead with producing its shows and series. And by mid-January, they’re ahead of schedule. Also, Amazon Studio’s lack of delays and adequate releases made viewers change the channels to streaming platforms instead of conventional television. And that’s where Netflix, another company that’s not that worried about COVID spikes coming in to knock at its doors. But CBS isn’t alone. Sony Pictures and Warner Bros. also rack up coronavirus cases in their studios, forcing them to either halt productions, enforce delays or set up reruns.
Where Is NCIS Filmed?
The team on ‘NCIS’ frequently travels all over the United States and the world as part of the storyline. The majority of the action, however, takes place in Washington, DC, where the team’s headquarters and labs are located. The show has received widespread praise for its realistic portrayal of the real-life NCIS investigative unit, which is based in the Russell Knox facility on the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Virginia.
Despite the fact that the show is set primarily in the Dc area, the majority of the filming takes place on location in Southern California. Due to the diversity of its topography and landscapes, the Southern California region is a popular film and television location. This allows it to take on the appearance of a variety of different regions with a variety of different vistas, such as mountain ranges, steppes, woodlands, frigid, and so on. A number of the interior scenes were shot on location at the Santa Clarita studio. In the next section, we are sharing with you details about the renewal status and release date of this series.
NCIS Season 20 Renewal Status & Release Date
NCIS Season 19 aired for the first time on September 20, 2021, and by the time we published this article, there were twelve episodes released. Firstly, with the incorporation of new characters, crossover episodes, and the inclusion of new plotlines, it seems as though NCIS has a lot more to tell. Secondly, it is a bit too early to comment about the renewal status. But if we factor in every aforementioned aspect, it seems as though NCIS has everything going to get the show greenlit. Rest assured that as soon as CBS makes an official statement regarding NCIS’ renewal status, we will post an update for you on this website.
As to the possible NCIS season 20 release date, we need to factor in a few things. Firstly, COVID is back on the run and running rampant and strong. With delays and production halts like the current one, the filming of the current season isn’t even done. Also, the omicron variant and other covid-related issues might pop out, making not only NCIS but the whole production schedule a mess like in the past. Regardless of that chaotic scenario, if all things come out ok, NCIS might retake shooting for season 20, and we could expect it to release in Q3 2022 or maybe Q4. With this, we conclude our coverage of NCIS season 20 here at Otakukart. Thank you for reading our article, and please keep coming back to our website to stay on top of all your favorite series, shows, and movies.