NCIS return date, NCIS: Hawaii series premiere announced

Bishop And Gibbs
Bishop and Gibbs won’t be a large part of NCIS Season 19. Pic credit: CBS

The NCIS return date has been announced for the fall of 2021. It also arrives on the same day that the NCIS: Hawaii series premiere will debut on CBS.

The huge news was just released by CBS for Season 19 of NCIS. This also serves as a reminder that the show will no longer be airing on Tuesday nights.

Season 19, Episode 1 of NCIS will debut on Monday, September 20 at 9/8c on CBS. It’s going to be a big night for the franchise, especially with how the last season ended.

The series premiere of NCIS: Hawaii will then debut on Monday, September 20 at 10/9c. It is going to have a great lead-in show and that could lead to some nice Monday night ratings.

NCIS Season 19 cast changes

There are a number of notable changes to the NCIS cast for Season 19. The biggest news is that Mark Harmon won’t appear in many episodes. This means far less Gibbs than fans have grown accustomed to seeing each season on the show. Quite a few fans have expressed displeasure with this news.

Emily Wickersham is not returning to NCIS for Season 19. The actress played Agent Ellie Bishop, but the character left the show during the Season 18 finale in order to pursue other things. Losing Bishop required the addition of other full-time characters.

Actor Gary Cole joins NCIS as FBI Special Agent Alden Park, giving the squad a new leading character to work with. He won’t be stepping into the vacant shoes of Gibbs, but Cole brings authority to every role that he takes on.

Actress Katrina Law’s option was picked up for Season 19 after she appeared in the final two episodes of Season 18 as REACT Special Agent Jessica Knight. Bringing her back is a good move by the producers and it gives the writers a lot to work with.

We do expect to hear even more news about the NCIS cast before the Season 19 premiere arrives, but at least we now know the fall 2021 start date.

NCIS: Hawaii ready to debut

The new NCIS spin-off finally has a drop date at CBS, giving fans of the franchise something else to look forward to in the fall of 2021. The cancellation of NCIS: New Orleans was tough to take for a lot of people, but it’s good to see that the network is going to try something new with this Hawaii spin-off.

Filming has already begun for Season 1 of NCIS: Hawaii and quite a few announcements about the cast have also been made. CBS should start airing commercials for the debut season pretty soon, especially since the footage is already being gathered.

It’s going to be interesting to see how NCIS and NCIS: Hawaii do in the ratings up against the other primary shows on Monday nights. CBS needed to clear the decks on Tuesdays to air three FBI-based shows, which is why the move for NCIS became necessary. Can both shows flourish on Monday evenings? Stay tuned to find out.

NCIS and NCIS: Hawaii debuts September 20 on CBS.

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2 years ago

Sorry to see Emily Wickersham leave. She got off to a rough start with the fans trying to replace Cote de Pablo but she has done well in her role. Not happy about Gary Cole AT ALL. NOT A FIT. Would have been better to let Sean Murray take over or fill it with a vacancy like they did in Season 18. So sad when they kill a show slowly with bad choices for replacements. That is what they did to NCIS: NO so I guess it figures they will try again. Very Clumbsy.