Is the fate of the beloved show in jeopardy? Want to know the answer, then continue reading to find out more about NCIS Season 21.
As fans eagerly await the return of their favorite crime-solving fictional team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the question on everyone’s mind is: “Is NCIS Season 21 canceled?” has been lurking behind the minds of the beloved fandom for a while now, due to which these queries need to be addressed as soon as possible in order to avoid more rumors being spread all over social media. So, if you want this raging question to be answered, then we can assure you that there is nothing to be worried about in the future.
Yes! You heard it right, NCIS is in safe hands, as the network won’t back down this easily by scrapping such a popular show.
It was renewed for a 21st season earlier this year, which was confirmed on February 21, 2023, as the series has been one of the most-watched television series for many seasons, which draws viewership millions alone in the U.S. alone, which is quite a milestone for such a series that has been on air for the last 20 years, making it one of the most memorable legacy shows in recent times that consistently delivered high-quality entertainment for the viewers without losing the interest of the audience and continues to capture the hearts of millions around the world!
So, if you want to learn more about all the latest details about the highly anticipated 21st chapter, then you have reached the right place to know it all. To curb all your worries, we have listed everything we know so far about NCIS Season 21.
NCIS Season 21 Release Date: When is it expected to return on CBS?
Even though the previously released 2023–24 fall schedule indicated that the new season would make its official return sometime around the fall season, September 2023 being the ideal release window with new episodes premiering every Monday at 9:00 p.m. on the CBS network, which was a great update for the viewers to get a heads-up! But sadly, the celebrations were short-lived, as since the early announcement, things seem to have taken a wide turn, which was quite unexpected!
With the emergence of the 2023 Writers Guild of America strike, along with the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike, which started a while ago and doesn’t seem to end anytime soon, causing many Hollywood production houses to halt their work temporarily for the first time in 63 years, with reports circulating that the writing has not even started yet, which is quite unfortunate when we consider the fact that filming usually begins by the summer season if the network is aiming for its fall release later this year.
This makes any anticipation for the show’s official return in 2023 completely impossible, making the fandom wait for longer than they anticipated! So, if we look at the current status, one thing is noted: the network has also considered some crucial changes behind the scenes for its primetime schedule, just like ABC and NBC. These competing networks have also decided to shift the entirety of their fall schedule until next year, which will be ideal to avoid any further delays in production.
Mark your calendars! 🗓 The CBS Fall Premiere dates have been set! 🍂 pic.twitter.com/BbLDZ5V2e7
— CBS (@CBS) August 3, 2023
In conclusion, if the dual strikes don’t reach an agreement by late August 2023, then the network will be skipping the 2023–24 fall premiere and eventually modify and set the release window for some time around the midseason premiere of 2024, which can be a part for the first quarter of the next year (January–March), with a new update schedule to be confirmed by CBS in the coming weeks. It’s only a matter of time before the modified broadcast schedule becomes known to the viewers.
One thing is pretty much clear, sadly, due to the ongoing 2023 WGA strike along with the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike, which has put Hollywood on a halt for the first time in 63 years, we assume that the filming might take a while to resume the completion of scripts and filming of the episodes, just like many other original CBS series, which have also stopped their work due to a lack of writers and actors, leading to a major delay in the official production, which is speculated to commence later this year as the negotiations are still bound to happen in the coming weeks!
Moreover, in a recent meeting which was held for the first time in more than three months! Sadly, the Writers Guild and the AMPTP on Friday failed to reach an agreement to resume contract negotiations. Their inability to agree on terms for returning to the bargaining table comes after their much-anticipated meeting to discuss a possible resumption of talks. “As of now, there is no agreement on these items, because the AMPTP said they needed to consult with their member studios before moving forward,” the union said in a statement late Friday.
In the meantime, check out the official Twitter handle of the show confirming the series renewal among their followers, quoting, “BIG news – get ready to grab your gear, because we’ve got more work to do. #NCIS has officially been renewed for Season 21! We’ll see you there.”
— NCIS (@NCIS_CBS) February 21, 2023
NCIS Season 21 Plot: What to expect from the next season?
The series revolves around a fictional team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, combining elements of military drama, police procedural genres, and comedy. So, even though not much has been revealed, we are sure that the show will be true to the theme like the prior seasons, which follows: NCIS 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.
Moreover, there is no question that this series has a huge dedicated fan base which has been growing and spanning over the last two decades! Due to this, we are certain that NCIS will continue to captivate audiences with its gripping storylines, unforgettable characters, and heart-pounding action. Season 21 promises to be no exception, as the team of special agents led by the charismatic Leroy Jethro Gibbs (played by the incomparable Mark Harmon) delves into a whole new set of complex cases and unexpected twists and turns!
From murder and espionage to terrorism and stolen submarines, these special agents investigate all crimes with Navy or Marine Corps ties. The next season will definitely pick up major plotlines from the final episode of NCIS Season 20, “Black Sky,” which is directed by Diana Valentine and written by Brendan Fehily and David J. North. In the episode, the viewers finally get to see that Torres goes undercover in Yuri’s prison and befriends a young inmate who swears he is framed for a crime he did not commit.
He recognizes the young man’s stepfather as someone from his family’s past and calls his sister upon arriving back at NCIS following Yuri’s murder at the hands of his henchmen. They realize that Yuri’s father, the mastermind of the attack (which would knock out all power in the United States for a prolonged period), had his own son killed due to Yuri’s loose lips.
Later in the episode, we can see that after the team halts the attack and brings power back, Torres goes alone to confront the man he recognized, intending to kill him, ending the episode on a cliffhanger. A major cliffhanger from the previous season’s finale will serve as inspiration for the upcoming season’s storyline expansion and resolution of all unanswered questions. It’s safe to say that the next chapter will be exciting to see as it unfolds all the previous plotlines with major revelations, turns, and twists that no one expected to happen!
— NCIS (@NCIS_CBS) June 1, 2023
NCIS Season 21 Cast: Who will reprise their roles?
Even though the casting has not yet been confirmed, the cast members that are anticipated to reprise their roles are as follows:
- Sean Murray as Timothy McGee, NCIS Senior Special Agent, second in command of MCRT
- Wilmer Valderrama as Nick Torres, NCIS Special Agent
- Katrina Law as Jessica Knight, NCIS Special Agent
- Brian Dietzen as Dr. Jimmy Palmer, Chief Medical Examiner for NCIS
- Diona Reasonover as Kasie Hines, Forensic Specialist for NCIS
- David McCallum as Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard, NCIS Historian, and former Chief Medical Examiner
- Rocky Carroll as Leon Vance, NCIS Director
- Gary Cole as Alden Parker, Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) of the Major Case Response Team (MCRT) assigned to Washington’s Navy Yard, former FBI Special Agent turned NCIS agent
We would also like to highlight that in order to keep budget expenses down, there may be a cast shake-up, so we have to predict that there are some characters from the recurring cast, along with the guest star cast, who might not return in the new season and will be revealed later. The series is created by Donald P. Bellisario, and NCIS is produced by Bellisarius Productions in association with CBS Studios. Steven D. Binder, Chas. Floyd Johnson, Mark Horowitz, Mark Harmon, Scott Williams, David North, and Bellisario serve as executive producers.
NCIS Season 21 Episodes: Where to stream?
When the series was renewed, it was given a standard 21 to 22 episode count with an average duration of 39 to 44 minutes, premiering on a weekly basis. But due to cost-cutting or ongoing strikes, the episode count might vary if the network decides to air a shorter season with only 15 to 18 episodes which will help to conclude the run of the 21st season earlier rather than stretching the plot unnecessarily just for the sake of premiering the episodes.
There is another option available in order to compensate for the few episodes in the 21st season, as the network can opt to make the 22nd season (if renewed) a supersized one, which will make the fans happy and the network consistent with the series plotlines and character arcs without compromising much on the quality of the content being produced. To avoid early spoilers, all information on the episode names and synopses will be revealed later as the release date approaches.
If you haven’t been able to keep up with the seasons, then you can watch all the earlier episodes of NCIS exclusively on the CBS official website or the CBS app, depending on the user’s location, which will also later be available to watch on the official website. The viewers may also watch as it airs live through platforms like YouTube TV, FuboTV, and Hulu + Live TV. In order to receive updates on when the show premieres, interested viewers can also enable notifications on the streaming services.
The series is also available on Paramount Plus, FuboTV, and Netflix, along with all the prior seasons. The viewers can also stream it by renting or purchasing it on Vudu, Amazon Instant Video, iTunes, and Google Play, with a vast number of membership plans. Moreover, the series is also available to watch exclusively on Pluto for free based on the viewer’s location. If you don’t have access to the content because of geo-blocking, we recommend trying out any suitable VPN to stream the series.
— NCIS (@NCIS_CBS) July 7, 2023
NCIS Season 21 Frequently Asked Questions
Is there any official promo for NCIS Season 21 available?
Despite NCIS being renewed for a 21st season back on February 21, 2023. The network hasn’t released any new promos for the upcoming season as filming hasn’t yet commenced, leaving a lot of time for the official marketing to begin, which usually begins a month or two before the premiere. We’ll just have to wait and see what the next few months have in store for us in relation to the 2023 Writers Guild of America strike along with the 2023 SAG-AFTRA strike, as everything concerning the filming status is also neither here nor there!
Eventually, there is a huge chance that there will be a delay in the release of such promos.
Outside of the USA, where to stream the show?
The show airs on Network Ten and TV Hits (formerly TV1) in Australia, Global (syndicated on sister channels Showcase and Lifetime) in Canada, TV3 and The Box in New Zealand, Seriale+ (premieres), TVN (free-TV premieres), TVN7 (reruns), AXN (reruns), (India) Prime Video, Star World India (Pakistan) ARY Digital, ARY Zindagi, TVOne Pakistan and TV Puls (reruns) in Poland, Disney+ Hotstar and Rock Entertainment in Southeast Asia.
The other platforms for the international audience include CBS Justice, Channel 5 and 5USA in the United Kingdom, M6 in France, RTÉ2 in Ireland, Rai 2 in Italy, and Ion Television in the USA. In the UK, certain NCIS multi-part episodes were edited together to make a combined feature and shown on Channel 5, 5USA, CBS Action, and Fox UK. We would also like to emphasize that these platforms are still subject to change which might get substituted in the future.
— NCIS (@NCIS_CBS) May 23, 2023
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