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'NCIS' Showrunner Weighs In On Mark Harmon's Involvement in Season 19

'NCIS' Showrunner Weighs In On Mark Harmon's Involvement in Season 19

Steven D. Binder, the NCIS showrunner, is opening up about Mark Harmon‘s involvement in the upcoming season 19 of the hit CBS series.

Speaking with TV Line, Steven got to chat about Mark and the fate of his character, Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs.

Previously, it was reported that Mark would only appear in a handful of episodes.

Click inside to see if that is still true…

During his interview, Steven opened up about the explosive season 18 finale, which saw Gibbs floating in the river after his boat was blown up.

“We shot a lot of different things for that [sequence], and there were a lot of different ways to cut it,” he said. “And what we left with was something that we felt left all possibilities open. We know he’s not dead right there, and we know he’s able to swim well enough…. All things are still possible with Gibbs.”

Steven added that the upcoming season will see Gibbs still “hunting down this serial killer. He’s cut off from his team… but in the beginning episodes, that’s going to change.”

So, will Mark appear in more than just a “handful” of episodes?

“A lot of things are reported on this show that aren’t necessarily true,” he shared, adding that production and filming will continue to be “a bit more complicated” due to ongoing COVID safety protocols.

He added, “What we’re trying to focus on right now is telling the best stories we can with the characters we have — and Gibbs is a part of that world. And I think we’re doing a pretty good job with that.”

If you didn’t see, two new actors will join the agency for season 19.

NCIS will air on Mondays this fall, with a premiere set for September 20 at 9/8c.

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