NCIS Season 20: Is Michael Weatherly returning for the new season?

NCIS Season 20: Is Michael Weatherly returning for the new season?
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Will the fans see more of Michael Weatherly as Anthony DiNozzo in NCIS Season 20? Continue reading to find out. 

Michael Weatherly plays NCIS Senior Field Agent Anthony DiNozzo in the series. He is a fictional character from the CBS TV series NCIS, portrayed by American actor Michael Weatherly. He is an original cast character created by producer Donald P. Bellisario who is credited in 306 episodes, but only appears in 305. He has also made guest appearances on the spinoffs NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: New Orleans. Becoming one of the most beloved characters in the NCIS franchise, along with other prominent cast members. 

NCIS Season 20: Is Michael Weatherly returning for the new season?

As the 20th season is all set to premiere on CBS this month, many rumors surrounding Michael Weatherly’s return have gained momentum as the anticipating of the fans is at its peak. The viewers know that NCIS Season 20 will be premiering new episodes on September 19, 2022, Mondays at 9/8c. The official NCIS Twitter handle also confirmed the news by sharing a post, quoting, “Because two is ALWAYS better than one. See you all September 19th at 9/8c!” Take a look at the official post below: 

It is no surprise that the series has been renewed for another season as the show has become one of the season’s top-rated broadcast series, with 11.11 million viewers and a +149 percent increase in its new Monday 9 p.m. time slot. With approximately 95.8 billion potential social media impressions, the series has also done well on social media. So, the viewers are always curious to know when the next season will premiere and what will happen next to these beloved characters.

NCIS Season 20: Is Michael Weatherly returning for the new season?

Will Michael Weatherly reprise his role in NCIS Season 20?

He appeared in the series for 16 years, from 2003 to 2016. Since then, the fans have been wondering if he will return or not. After the NCIS Season 19 finale, executive producer Steven D. Binder spoke with TV Insider about Weatherly’s potential comeback. When asked about Anthony DiNozzo’s return, Binder said, “I absolutely would love to do something like that.” However, it seems like it might be a while before DiNozzo gets reunited with his former team. 

Binder further added, “The last conversation I had with him was that he’s going to take some time off and rest because he went from a very difficult schedule on NCIS to headlining his own show for six years, through COVID, but I can say that I consider him a friend, so it’s not a difficult conversation to have with him. It’s just a question of whether or not it works out.”

NCIS Season 20: Is Michael Weatherly returning for the new season?

Moreover, Michael Weatherly has already discussed the demanding filming schedule for NCIS. After the show’s final season aired, he spoke to People and said, “Last year I did 26 episodes of NCIS the franchise, which is insane. “You wouldn’t really want a mortal person to be doing that, but luckily I’m made of titanium and it’s very strong.” Asked if he would return to the franchise, he said: “I would absolutely be open to anything and everything—including things that no one’s even thought of yet. So, I would say the long answer is yes.”

Additionally, Sean Murray, who plays Timothy McGee in NCIS, uploaded an old photo of his character and DiNozzo, which fueled the rumors even further. The fact that CBS NCIS’ official Instagram account joins in and comments that they “love a good throwback,” just serves to confirm this theory further. For what it was worth, the actor left the show primarily because he was the star of his own show, Bull. The actor has more time now that the CBS show is over to consider making a comeback on his previous series. Fortunately, NCIS has left plenty of room for DiNozzo to get back with his former squad. The “Very Special Agent” retired from the project to devote more time to his family, which made it quite simple for the authors to devise a method to bring him back for a case—or two. Only time will tell whether it is true or not. In the meantime, check out the post below with fans’ comments about the possibility of his return for the upcoming season. 


Is there any teaser or trailer for NCIS Season 20?

No, the network has not released any new teasers or trailers for the upcoming season as of August 31, 2022. It is speculated to release in the coming weeks. In the meantime, watch the last season, which is expected to expand on this already established premise for the prior seasons, and continue the storyline, which the viewers got to see on the CBS channel on May 23, 2022. 

NCIS Season 20: Is Michael Weatherly returning for the new season?

Where to stream NCIS Season 20?

When released, NCIS Season 20 will be available to stream on Paramount+, fuboTV, and Netflix, along with all the prior seasons of this major franchise on the streaming platforms. The viewers can also stream the series by renting or purchasing it on Vudu, Amazon Instant Video, iTunes, and Google Play, with a vast number of membership plans according to the preference of the users. Moreover, the series is also available to watch exclusively on, where the episodes are published after they air on the channel. You can also stream NCIS for free on Pluto and NBC based on the viewers’ location.

NCIS Season 20: Is Michael Weatherly returning for the new season?

NCIS Official Synopsis

The synopsis of the series states, “NCIS follows a fictional team of Naval Criminal Investigative Service Major Case Response Team (MCRT) special agents based at the Washington, D.C. field office in Washington Navy Yard. For the first eighteen seasons, the team was led by Supervisory Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, a Marine veteran, and seasoned investigator.”

NCIS Season 20: Is Michael Weatherly returning for the new season?

Catch up on the previous seasons while you wait for more NCIS Season 20 updates.