NCIS Season 21: Will there be another season or not?

NCIS Season 21: When will the new season return to CBS?
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The NCIS-Verse is expanding! Keep reading to find out more about the renewal status of NCIS Season 20. 

The beloved police procedural television series that has been ruling television screens for more than two decades isn’t slowing down anytime soon. With the finale episode of the 20th season fast approaching, loyal viewers are wondering if there will be another season or not. Well, if you are wondering the same, then we can assure you that there is no need to be worried about the future of this successful franchise, as more good news is officially on the way! 

We have compiled all the crucial details about when fans can expect the show to make its official comeback on CBS. Keep reading to find out more about the renewal status of NCIS Season 21.

NCIS Season 21: When will the new season return to CBS?

NCIS Season 21 Renewal Status

Even before the 20th season premiered its final episode, “Black Sky,” which aired today on May 22, 2023, the network was quick to approve the series for another season on February 21, 2023. This early renewal has excited the fans, as it seems like the network has always planned to secure the series, and the show creators have already brainstormed the series plans for the series to progress with new episodes for another year. 

The renewal was also confirmed by the official Twitter handle of the show 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.” Check out the official post below: 

NCIS Season 21 Release Date and Time Slot

With the finale episode scheduled to premiere in a few hours, there is no chance that the network will be able to announce the exact release date for the new season. But on the bright side, it seems like the creators are aiming for the show’s return on a 2023 fall release, with September being the likely release window just like the prior season. This 2023-34 broadcast lineup for the show’s return on CBS will be ideal as it gives ample amount of time for the crew to begin the filming on time and be consistent with the yearly rollout.

Right now, nothing regarding the prospective time slot has been officially announced, but we believe the network may decide to give the series the same weekly broadcast time, which is every Monday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS and Paramount Plus. Additionally, you should know that there is an ongoing writer’s strike across major networks.

So, there’s a possibility that the release date for NCIS may be postponed in case the issue isn’t able to be resolved anytime soon. If you have noticed, many shows have already stated that they will temporarily stop their production as a stand in solidarity with the writers, who are the backbone for any successful television show to work. Hence, the network might shift the release date for the next year if the issue escalates in the coming weeks. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

NCIS Season 21: When will the new season return to CBS?

NCIS Season 21: What to expect in the new season?

Though it is way too early to predict about the potential plotlines, there is no doubt that the essence of NCIS, which it is known for, will be alive for the next season.

The 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.

The next season will definitely pick up elements 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. The season ends with a major cliffhanger, which will be the motivation to expand the plot and cover all the unanswered questions in the new season.

Take a look at the official promo of the final episode to get some idea of what viewers can expect to see in the show.

NCIS 20x22 Promo "Black Sky" (HD) Season 20 Episode 22 Promo | Season Finale

NCIS Season 21: Who will reprise their role?

The main cast members from the series 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. Moreover, 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: When will the new season return to CBS?

NCIS Season 21: How many episodes will there be?

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.

Check out the prior episodes to catch up with the story if you haven’t been able to. The three beloved series of NCIS will air exclusively on CBS and later be available to watch on the official website based on the user’s location. Law & Order, SVU, and Organized Crime are also available on Peacock, Hulu Plus, and FuboTV. All seasons are also available for renting or purchasing on Vudu or Amazon Instant Video, with a vast number of membership plans according to the preferences of the users. 

Catch up on the previous episodes if you haven’t already, and let us know what you think of NCIS Season 21 being renewed in the comment section.