Thursday, April 25, 2024

Exclusive: “NCIS” Hoping Mark Harmon Will Make Guest Appearances in Upcoming Season 20


When Mark Harmon left “NCIS” for good in October 2021, CBS was probably nervous about the show’s future.

On top of Harmon leaving, the show was moved from its Tuesday slot to Mondays as a lead in for “NCIS Hawai’i.”

Gary Cole was brought in as a replacement for Harmon to lead the NCIS crew.

So what happened? Turns out, nothing. “NCIS” has remained a hit after a couple of cranky weeks. In 19 episodes the venerable show has average 7.4 million viewers per week. Some weeks it’s a little up, some a little down. But basically, even without Harmon the show has prospered.

When Harmon left it was said he’d make occasional appearances. But the reason of Season 19 was Harmon-less after episode 4. Now I’m told CBS and the production are expecting him back for a few shots in the 20th anniversary season. It would make sense. In all likelihood, we’ll see a number of “NCIS” vets back for a victory lap. Plus, Teri Polo is coming in a regular.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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