'NCIS': Long-Running CBS Series Gets Season 17 Greenlight

Water is wet.

Fire is hot.

CBS has an NCIS show on it's prime time line-up.

There are some things in life that are constants, and CBS officially did their part to keep that third one alive on Thursday by ordering a 17th season for franchise foundation NCIS for the 2019-2020 broadcast season. The news comes after NCIS star and executive producer Mark Harmon inked a new deal with CBS TV Studios to continue aboard the long-running crime/police procedural. Series spinoffs NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS:New Orleans are also expected to receive new season orders.

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"NCIS has been a global juggernaut for almost two decades. Its viewers are clearly the most loyal of any drama on television. They are passionate about the characters, the plot lines, and the storytelling. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the gifted production team, and the cast, led by the extraordinary Mark Harmon. We are delighted that the show will remain a lynchpin of the CBS schedule this coming season."

– Kelly Kahl, President, CBS Entertainment

NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) is more than just an action drama. With liberal doses of humor, it's a show that focuses on the sometimes complex and always amusing dynamics of a team forced to work together in high-stress situations.

NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, a former Marine gunnery sergeant whose skills as an investigator are unmatched, leads this troupe of colorful personalities. Gibbs, a man of few words, only needs a look to explain it all. The team includes NCIS Special Agent Timothy McGee, an MIT graduate with a brilliance for computers; NCIS Special Agent Eleanor "Ellie" Bishop, a mysterious mixture of analytic brilliance, fierce determination and idealism who specializes in international threat assessment and global preparation; the charismatic, unpredictable and resilient NCIS Special Agent Nicholas "Nick" Torres, who has spent most of his career on solo undercover assignments; and NCIS Special Agent Jacqueline "Jack" Sloane, who built her reputation as the agency's premier forensic psychologist and enjoys challenging Gibbs.

Assisting the team is medical examiner Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard, who knows it all because he's seen it all – and he's not afraid to let you know it; Ducky's protégé, the naïve Jimmy Palmer, who graduated from assistant to fully licensed medical examiner who now runs the morgue and Forensic Scientist Kasie Hines, Ducky's former graduate assistant who impressed Gibbs with her keen forensic skills during a critical time for the team.

Overseeing operations is NCIS Director Leon Vance, an intelligent, highly trained agent who can always be counted on to shake up the status quo. From murder and espionage to terrorism and stolen submarines, these special agents investigate all crimes with Navy or Marine Corps ties.

NCIS stars Mark Harmon (Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs), Sean Murray (Special Agent Timothy McGee), Emily Wickersham (Special Agent Eleanor "Ellie" Bishop), Wilmer Valderrama (Special Agent Nickolas "Nick" Torres), Maria Bello (Special Agent Jacqueline "Jack" Sloane), Brian Dietzen (Dr. Jimmy Palmer), Diona Reasonover (Forensic Scientist Kasie Hines); with Rocky Carroll (NCIS Director Leon Vance) and David McCallum (Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard).

Produced by Belisarius Productions in association with CBS Television Studios, Frank Cardea, Steven D. Binder, Chas. Floyd Johnson, Mark Horowitz, Mark Harmon, Scott Williams, and Donald P. Bellisario serve as executive producers.

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About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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