NCIS (aka Naval Criminal Investigative Service) is an action drama, spinning off from the series JAG, about a team of special agents whose mission is to investigate any crime that has a shred of evidence connected to Navy and Marine Corps personnel, regardless of rank or position.
Leading this team that operates outside of the military chain of command is NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Harmon), a skilled investigator and interrogator who is smart, tough and willing to bend the rules to get the job done. Working under Gibbs is Agent Anthony Dinozzo (Michael Weatherly), a former homicide detective who joined NCIS just a few years ago, but who has instincts that can come only from working on the streets.
Joining them is Agent Abby Sciuto (Pauley Perrette), a gifted forensic scientist whose dark wit matches her goth-style hair and clothes, and Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard (David McCallum), a medical examiner.
From murder and espionage to terrorism and stolen submarines, these special agents traverse the globe to investigate all crimes with Navy or Marine Corps ties.
From CBS’s press release, February 2016… CBS announced today that it has renewed NCIS, the #1 television drama series in the U.S. and worldwide, for two more seasons, and that series star and executive producer Mark Harmon has signed a new two-year deal. “It’s extraordinary that in its 13th season and with over 300 episodes to its credit, NCIS continues to excel at such a high level on a global scale,” said Glenn Geller, President, CBS Entertainment. “It is testimony to an amazing cast, led on and off the screen by the exceptional Mark Harmon, for skillfully bringing this universally appealing team of heroes to life; and to Gary Glasberg and his writers for crafting compelling stories that feature NCIS’s signature blend of mystery, quirk, drama and comedy every single week.” Currently in its 13th season, NCIS is a member of the exclusive 20 million viewer club. The drama is averaging 20.47 million viewers, up +4% from a year ago and on pace to finish the season as network television’s #1 drama for the seventh consecutive year. In key demographics, NCIS ranks in the top 10 among adults 25-54, averaging 4.6/13, and is in the top 15 in adults 18-49, averaging 3.1/10. Also, NCIS ranks in the top 10 among time-shifted programs, gaining nearly +4 million viewers with 7-day playback.
From CBS press release 11 July 2016… Jennifer Esposito has joined the cast of NCIS, television’s #1 drama, as a series regular. Her character will be introduced in the season premiere of NCIS, Tuesday, Sept. 20 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Esposito will play NCIS Special Agent Alexandra “Alex” Quinn, an experienced agent who left field work and became an instructor at the Law Enforcement Training Center. Gibbs will lure her back into the field as part of his team, where he will take advantage of her sharp wit, quick mind and immense talent as a federal agent.
2015-2016 SEASON FINALE INFO: NCIS, alongside the FBI and MI6, continued their international manhunt for disgraced agent Trent Kort, after his attack on NCIS Special Agent Ziva David. Following the incident, the Mossad Director revealed to Special Agent Tony DiNozzo that he and Ziva had a daughter together, and DiNozzo resigned to spend time with her. Also, the NCIS team successfully located and killed Trent Kort.
2016-2017 COMING UP: In the season premiere, the NCIS team investigates a deadly car explosion in D.C. that connects to NCIS Special Agent Nicholas “Nick” Torres (new cast member Wilmer Valderrama), who disappeared six months ago while on a deep undercover assignment in Argentina. Also, Gibbs asks NCIS Special Agent Alexandra “Alex” Quinn (new cast member Jennifer Esposito) to shadow his team after rejecting eight agents she instructed and referred for the open agent position. Also, Duane Henry joins the cast as MI6 Officer Clayton Reeves.
Brian Dietzen as Jimmy Palmer
David McCallum as Donald “Ducky” Mallard
Emily Wickersham as Eleanor “Ellie” Bishop
Mark Harmon as Leroy Jethro Gibbs
Michael Weatherly as Anthony “Tony” DiNozzo
Pauley Perrette as Abby Sciuto
Rocky Carroll as Leon Vance
Sean Murray as Timothy McGee
other cast info
Cote de Pablo as NCIS Special Agent Ziva David
Lauren Holly as Jenny Shepard
Sasha Alexander as Caitlin Todd
key behind the scenes crew
Don McGill as Creator
Donald P. Bellisario as Creator/Director of pilot
Gary Glasberg as Executive Producer
Scott Brazil as Director of pilot
September 23, 2003 – continuing
Already renewed for 2017-2018 which will take the show into it’s fifteenth season.
network and production companies
CBS – Belisarius Productions – CBS Television Studios