The final episode of CBS crime drama NCIS‘s season 18 ended with Leroy Gibbs (Mark Harmon) in distress after his boat exploded. With his return confirmed for Season 19, many speculate that the leader will go into hiding and appear in only few episodes.
The truth is that Mark Harmon will reprise his role as Leroy Gibbs in NCIS season 19, but we don’t know under what circumstances he will appear in the procedural show, whether as a regular or as a recurring character. Undoubtedly, this is an concern that worries the legion of fans, as CBS has not confirmed anything yet.
Variety reported on Thursday that a major new star has been cast in NCIS season 19. An announcement that certainly adds to fans’ uncertainty about the future of Mark Harmon in the favorite series of viewers who believe it could be Harmon’s replacement.
Gary Cole, a television legend, will be joining the CBS family. According to the same source, the actor is in negotiations to join the crime drama NCIS. However, the broadcast network has not commented on the matter, fueling more speculation.
According to the Variety report, Gary Cole will have an “important” role, so we have a feeling this will certainly shake up the show like never before. With Harmon’s future as Leroy Gibbs overshadowed by CBS, fans have no choice but to wait for confirmation.
NCIS has fired several key characters during season 18. The last to go was Emily Wickersham as Ellie Bishop with the final episode aired in late May. It would be devastating to lose its main star, Mark Harmon, who has remained on the show since the beginning.