NCIS is prepared to usher in a brand-new era. Fans will finally get to see the new team without hoping for the return of procedural mainstay Mark Harmon (Leroy Jethro Gibbs), as Season 20 will be the show’s first full season without him.
NCIS is bringing back another fan favorite for the premiere, adding a new recurring cast member, and working a case with the team from NCIS: Hawai’i via crossover to start off this new season and new era! This is what we do know.
Tobias Fornell, a fan favorite, will make a triumphant return in the “NCIS” Season 20 premiere.
Since the start of the show, Joe Spano has appeared on NCIS as FBI agent Tobias Fornell. Fornell and Gibbs became quite close over time and relied on one another when they went through difficult times.
But just because Gibbs moved to Alaska to retire doesn’t mean Fornell won’t still be available to fans. He is friendly with long-standing team members like Jimmy Palmer (Brian Dietzen), Director Vance (Rocky Carroll), and Agent McGee (Sean Murray). From his time in the FBI, Fornell is also acquainted with the new team leader Alden Parker (Gary Cole).
Due to this connection to the NCIS team, CBS has revealed that Spano will reprise his role as Fornell in the “A Family Matter”-titled season 20 premiere episode.
There will be a crossover with “Hawaii” in season 20’s opening episode.
The conclusion of NCIS Season 19 featured Parker being falsely accused of murder in a case involving his ex-wife, Teri Polo’s Vivian Kolchak, a former FBI agent. She will return for season 20 as a recurring character, and the plot will pick up right where it left off in season 19 in the season 20 premiere.
The episode’s description reads, “The team looks into who from his past might have a personal vendetta against him in hopes of clearing Parker’s name. Special Agent Alden Parker (Gary Cole) is still on the run with his ex-wife Vivian (Teri Polo).
In addition, the premiere will feature a two-hour crossover with NCIS: Hawai’i, which will serve as the second season debut of the spinoff. However, this crossover will take place on the mainland as opposed to the one from last season, which took place in Hawaii with NCIS agents Nick Torres (Wilmer Valderrama) and Lucy Knight (Katrina Law) visiting from DC.
The description goes on to say, “The group tracks down their prime suspect, The Raven, with the aid of NCIS: Hawai’i’s Special Agent Jane Tennant (Vanessa Lachey) and Computer Specialist Ernie Malick (Jason Antoon), who are in town meeting with Director Leon Vance (Rocky Carroll) in preparation for a global military exercise.”
Season 20 of “NCIS” will differ slightly from previous seasons.
Season 20 of NCIS won’t only bring about changes due to Harmon’s absence. Producer-executive Steven D. Instead of the team only focusing on working cases, viewers will learn more about the agents’ personal lives, according to Binder, who spoke to Parade.
“We’ll get to see more of their personal lives. The cases, in my opinion, are one of the show’s main elements. NCIS is the name of the program, which centers on the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. But anyone who watches the show is aware that it’s really about the cast members, according to Binder.
“I always tell the new writers that their cases have to work, they have to be humorous, interesting, set in a new field, clear, have a twist, and have to be thrilling all the way through. And none of it is relevant to anyone. They are interested in the cast members and their backgrounds. You must therefore clarify that so that we can dance in the area that interests people.
On Monday, September 19, CBS will air the crossover premiere of NCIS Season 20 and NCIS: Hawai’i Season 2.
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