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How NCIS Season 21’s Shortened Episode Count Will Change The Show Teased By Star


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  • NCIS season 21 will have a shortened episode count of 10 episodes.
  • Star Wilmer Valderrama teases this will allow for a more connected and serialized story.
  • Based on Valderrama’s comments, it’s easy to imagine the upcoming season focusing on a longer investigation or overarching plot involving multiple characters.
  • Viewers can expect each episode to end with elements that carry over into the next, creating a more immersive experience.


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Wilmer Valderrama shares how the shortened episode count of NCIS season 21 will alter the show. The original series, following investigations carried out by the Major Case Response Team in Washington, D.C., premiered on CBS back in 2003. Along with Valderrama, who portrays agent Nicholas Torres, the cast of NCIS has included Mark Harmon, Pauley Perrette, David McCallum, Sean Murray, Rocky Carroll, Brian Dietzen, Diona Reasonover, and more. NCIS season 21 is scheduled to debut on February 12 but will contain only 10 episodes – nearly half the amount of prior installments – due to the 2023 strikes.

In a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, Valderrama revealed how different the upcoming season will be because of the shortened episode count. He teased more of a connected story and that, similar to other programs, there will be details from each episode that lead into the next. Read Valderrama’s comments regarding NCIS season 21 below:

Everyone knows it’s a shortened season. We’re doing 10 episodes. Because we’re doing 10 and not your conventional 22, we’ve decided to have a little bit more fun with the new generation of streaming content and really have our show feel like something you have to watch all 10 together. So, yeah, it’s different. You heard it here first. I’m not allowed to say it out loud. I wasn’t supposed to, and now I’m in a lot of trouble, but yes. We’re gonna try to make sure that every time an episode ends, you know, something in that episode is gonna carry over and we’re gonna try because I think it’s time for producers to evolve and the future of content and how it’s being consumed. I think CBS does it better, they know their audience super well. So, I’m really proud of what we’re doing.


What Will NCIS Season 21’s Story Look Like?

Sean Murray as Timothy McGee, Gary Cole as Alden Parker, Katrina Law as Jessica Knight, and Wilmer Valderrama as Nick Torres in the bullpen during NCIS season 19

While NCIS does feature storylines that develop over the course of a season or more, episodes are typically structured around individual cases. Valderrama’s comments suggest that season 21 could shift its focus toward a particular investigation or some overarching plot that involves multiple characters. The long-running procedural has managed to connect episodes before for big moments and crossover events with other franchise shows, including the latest team-up with characters from NCIS: Hawai’i and Los Angeles. It’s unknown whether another collaboration will happen, especially in the upcoming season, but viewers would likely welcome one.

During the last episode of NCIS season 20, Valderrama’s character appeared determined to kill someone from his past, though audiences never actually saw him do anything. The brief summary provided ahead of the NCIS season 21 premiere implies that whatever action Torres takes next will be revealed then. Beyond that, it was previously confirmed that the upcoming stretch of episodes will include a tribute to McCallum, who passed away in September. The actor portrayed medical examiner and fan favorite Ducky Mallard throughout the series’ run.

It will be interesting to see what the story for NCIS season 21 looks like and what potentially ties each episode together. For longtime fans of the show, Valderrama’s comments about the changes being made should increase their anticipation of what’s to come.

NCIS season 21 premieres Monday, February 12 at 9 p.m. EST on CBS.

Source: ET

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NCIS

NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) focuses on the sometimes complex and always amusing dynamics of a team forced to work together in high-stress situations. Special Agent Alden Parker, a quirky former FBI agent who solves his cases with calm professionalism and sharp, sarcastic charm, leads the NCIS team, which includes NCIS Special Agent Timothy McGee, an MIT graduate with a knack for computers who has now graduated to senior field agent; the charismatic, unpredictable and resilient NCIS Special Agent Nicholas “Nick” Torres, who has spent most of his career on solo undercover assignments; and sharp, athletic and tough NCIS Special Agent Jessica Knight, a formidable REACT agent who specializes in hostage negotiations and high-risk operations. Assisting the team is the naïve Jimmy Palmer, who graduated from assistant to fully licensed medical examiner and now runs the morgue; and forensic scientist Kasie Hines, Ducky’s former graduate assistant. Overseeing operations is NCIS Director Leon Vance, an intelligent, highly trained agent who can always be counted on to shake up the status quo. From murder and espionage to terrorism and stolen submarines, these special agents investigate all crimes with Navy or Marine Corps ties.

Cast
sean murray , Wilmer Valderrama , Katrina Law , Brian Dietzen , david mccallum , Mark Harmon , Rocky Carroll , Gary Cole , Joe Spano

Seasons
21

Studio
CBS

Creator(s)
Donald P. Bellisario

Distributor
CBS

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