Are you ready for another thrilling season of NCIS? If yes, then continue reading to find out more.
There is no doubt that Gibbs and his team will tackle new cases and face unexpected challenges in the 21st season of this hit crime drama, which will be exciting to witness as one of the longest-running scripted U.S. primetime TV series overall. Over the years, the heart-pumping action and unforgettable characters have been major factors that have made NCIS even more captivating than before for audiences around the world.
So, if you don’t miss a moment of the new season, which will definitely be filled with more suspense, drama, and excitement, then you have come to the right place to get all your answers relating to its release date. Here is everything we currently know about CBS’s NCIS Season 21.
NCIS Season 21 Release Date: When will the new season premiere on CBS?
Sadly, we have some unfortunate news to share with you! Despite being renewed for a 21st season on February 2023, the series won’t be available to watch until June 2023. We say this with confidence, as the filming of the new season hasn’t even begun yet, and it will take quite some time to properly schedule the production stage.
Even though this is a bit disheartening, we have some news that will cheer you up!
Much to viewers’ delight, CBS recently unveiled the 2023–2024 primetime schedule, which confirmed that NCIS Season 21 will be a part of the fall lineup. The show’s creators are hoping for a fall 2023 premiere, with September, being the likely release window, at the same time slot of every Monday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS and later on Paramount Plus.
Not only that but NCIS: Hawai’i will also return for a third season; the release dates for each of the sister show will be announced later. On the other hand, the series finale of NCIS: Los Angeles has already aired on May 21, 2023, as it was previously stated that the show would end after its fourteenth season.
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NCIS Season 21 Filming Status: When is it expected to begin?
The filming for the next season is expected to begin after a few months break, which will resume sometime around June to August 2023 before returning to release new episodes this fall season. Right now, the next season seems to be in the pre-production stage, which might take some time to perfect the contents of the episodes and make the plotline of the next season much more compelling for the fans to watch.
We also want to draw attention to the fact that some sources suggest that the current Writers Guild of America strike may cause a delay in the show’s production. There is a chance that the show creators may only aim for release next year in order to start the production process without any obstacles for the writers to begin working on it. In conclusion, NCIS fans may learn more about the show’s release date by following official statements from CBS and the show’s producers.
NCIS Season 21 Plot: What to expect?
The official synopsis of the show follows: 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. From murder and espionage to terrorism and stolen submarines, these special agents investigate all crimes with Navy or Marine Corps ties.
“This season CBS is continuing its winning tradition, delivering an unparalleled combination of top returning series and new hit shows that are entertaining huge audiences on both broadcast and streaming,” said Amy Reisenbach, president of CBS Entertainment. “It is a testament to the stellar work being done by our best-in-class talent in front of and behind the camera that we have had yet another exceptional season, and I know we will only continue to build on this foundation of outstanding programming as we look ahead toward next fall.”
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, viewers got to see that Torres finds himself in prison as the team tries to stop an impending terror attack on U.S. soil. 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.
Take a look at the official promo of the episode to get some insight into what transpired in the NCIS Season 20 finale:
NCIS Season 21 Cast: Who will return in the next season?
The main cast members who are expected to reprise their roles are as follows: Sean Murray as Timothy McGee, Wilmer Valderrama as Nick Torres, Katrina Law as Jessica Knight, Brian Dietzen as Dr. Jimmy Palmer, Diona Reasonover as Kasie Hines, David McCallum as Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard, Rocky Carroll as Leon Vance, Gary Cole as Alden Parker.
There can be some new additions to the cast which will be disclosed once the release dates close. 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?
The next season’s official episode count may be around 21 to 22 episodes with an average duration of 39 to 44 minutes, premiering on a weekly basis. The episode count might vary if the network decides to air a shorter or longer season as a part of cost-cutting or the ongoing writers’ strike. All details on the episode titles and synopses will be released later, once the release date draws near, in order to prevent spoilers.
If you haven’t been able to keep up with the tale, then watch the earlier episodes of NCIS exclusively on CBS, depending on the user’s location, which will also later be available to watch on the official website.
The series is also available on Paramount Plus, 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. Moreover, the series is also available to watch exclusively on Pluto for free based on the viewer’s location.
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