We are just a few short weeks away from the Season 16 premiere of NCIS, and it will be the first one without Pauley Perrette’s character Abby Sciuto. But, that isn’t the only change coming to the long-running CBS drama.
The Director of NCIS, Leon Vance (Rocky Carroll), ended Season 15 as a kidnapping victim, but fans will be happy to find out that they did not kill him off. Instead, there will be a rescue this season, and when he returns, the show will explore more of his personal life.
Fans will also see the addition of Diona Reasonover as a full-time cast member, replacing Perrette. She will play Kasie Hines, who showed a talent for forensic science at the end of last season.
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But, in addition to those changes, there will also be some classic shenanigans going on, according to Cinema Blend. Wilmer Valderrama recently posted a pic on Instagram of Torres (Valderrama) and Palmer (Brian Dietzen) behind bars, but there is no cause for alarm.
The pic makes it seem that the boys got themselves in trouble because of some hijinks, instead of getting caught up in a crime. They both have interesting expressions on their faces, and Valderrama captioned the pic, “I blame Palmer.”
At this point, we can only guess what causes Torres and Palmer to end up in jail, but it looks like Torres has a shiner on his left eye, and Palmer’s shirt is splashed with paint. Could it be a paintball battle gone wrong?
In addition to a stint behind bars, Torres’ relationship with Bishop (Emily Wickersham) will start to heat up this season, instead of their tension going to waste.
“Torres and Bishop sort of… become close. We’re glancing in that direction. If you go back in NCIS history, the ‘Tiva’ thing took many years to develop,” said showrunner Frank Cardea.
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Fans can also expect the return of FBI Special Agent Tobias Fornell (Joe Spano). The actor recently revealed on Twitter that he would be in the third episode of the season. He wrote that he had just completed shooting his first NCIS episode of the year, and he had a “glorious adventure.” Spano added that working with Mark Harmon, Don Lake, and director James Whitmore Jr. was “great, great fun.”
And, since the season will begin with Vance still missing, Gibbs (Harmon) will be the acting director of NCIS in the premiere episode while they search for him.
Season 16 of NCIS — the most-watched drama on the planet — will premiere Tuesday, September 25th on CBS.