Here's some good news for NCIS fans. The CBS Navy procedural has been renewed for two more seasons, the network announced Monday. That's right; there will be a Season 14 and a Season 15. If fans are excited for that, they will also be thrilled to hear that lead star Mark Harmon has also signed on for two more years as Leroy Jethro Gibbs.
"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 of CBS Entertainment, said in a statement. “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’ signature blend of mystery, quirk, drama and comedy every single week."
Don't get me wrong, I adore NCIS and have been a fan for a really long time. That said, I'm on the fence about its renewal. Yes, it will be wonderful to see the cast back in action for two more seasons (that is, those who sign on for 14 and 15). No, it doesn't surprise me that the series scored such a major renewal, because it does so well and manages to maintain its fan base.
That said, and as much as it pains me to say this, it might be time for NCIS to come to an end. Don't get me wrong, I will be sad whenever the series finale airs, because it's been such a huge part of my life and my world of TV. However, I think it's best for NCIS to go out on a high note, rather than drag on for season after season.
Don't you hate when a series goes on and on and becomes unwatchable? There are some series that get it right and end at their peak. Take Downton Abbey, which will air its series finale on March 6 in the U.S. making Season 6 its last. That was the right way to do it.
NCIS is already in its 13th season. Can it really continue to hold its own for two more seasons and possibly more? What if cast members start exiting? Then what kind of show will NCIS be? Take Michael Weatherly, who is saying goodbye at the end of Season 13.
Will the drama be as enjoyable as it is without Weatherly as Tony DiNozzo? It definitely won't be the same, that's for sure. Admittedly, I'm not looking forward to NCIS without DiNozzo. As soon as Weatherly announced his departure, I immediately thought the series definitely wouldn't last without him, his humor and everything else he brings to the table. So two more seasons minus Weatherly, rather than NCIS ending after his departure/on a high note? That might not be the best thing for the series.
But maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised by what new stuff it brings to the table. Here's hoping NCIS doesn't go downhill anytime soon, because that will be extremely disappointing.
NCIS airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on CBS.
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