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NCIS Boss Answers Burning Question: Where Will All the New Arrivals Sit?!

You needn’t be a math major to realize that CBS’ NCIS is facing a tight squeeze heading into Season 14, seeing as one (1) desk has been vacated and yet at least two (2) new agents are set to join Gibbs’ team.

How will everyone fit into the squad room? “Well, we’re stacking desks now…,” Brian Dietzen, who plays Jimmy Palmer, answers with a laugh.

But maybe he isn’t so far off.

When TV’s most NCISwatched drama returns on Tuesday, Sept. 20, “Gibbs has been trying — unsuccessfully! — to find an agent to take over the empty desk [where DiNozzo sat],” showrunner Gary Glasberg tells TVLine. In fact, of the candidates sent his way, “He has burned through six of them.” Cue the arrival of NCIS Special Agent Alex Quinn, played by new series regular Jennifer Esposito (Blue Bloods).

“She’s an instructor at FLETC, the [Federal] Law Enforcement Training Center,” says Glasberg, “so she basically shows up and says to Gibbs, ‘What the hell is wrong with you?!'”

Quinn’s on-site check-in coincides with the team working a case that resurfaces long-undercover NCIS Special Agent Nick Torres (new series regular Wilmer Valderrama). As such, by the end of the premiere, Gibbs will have not one but two new team members. And a subsequent episode will solve the aforementioned seating problem.

“There’s something really fun coming up — we’ve rearranged things a bit,” Glasberg teases. “I think the fans are going to go a little crazy.”

And that’s not even to say what will become of MI6 Officer Clayton Reeves, when Duane Henry officially joins the cast in Episode 5.

Surveying the cast shake-up, Dietzen notes, “It’s interesting, because we obviously lost Michael Weatherly, and we’re so happy for him — [his new show Bull] is going to be on right after ours – and yet after 13 years, you go, ‘Wow, now we have a new injection of different energy.'”

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  1. skrable2 says:

    Show runners should be banned from saying that something “fun” is coming up. It so rarely is.

    Maybe the solution is to station one or more agent in M-Tac

  2. John NYC says:

    Push the low partition back a row beyond where EJ and her people sat. Not precisely rocket science. Those things are moveable for a reason. ITRW anyway.

    On another front beyond furniture Jennifer’s character could be just the wake up the team needs.

  3. clintbrew says:

    the 2 spares desks on the left side of gibbs and the right side of mcgee are hardly used

  4. notfeelingencouraged says:

    Still not convinced this is going to work

  5. as524 says:

    As always, Glasberg says a ton but doesn’t really say anything of substance. Oh & hopefully he knows it’s FLETC not LETC.

  6. Michael Summerset says:

    They did show a small desk supposedly to the right of McGee’s desk (Dinozzo’s was on the left) in previous episodes.

  7. Larc says:

    Sounds as if they’re not merely altering the recipe, but completely changing it. I hope it’s not a shark jumping change, but things are starting to look suspicious.

  8. ninamags says:

    I mean no disrespect to the new people coming in but I’ve just about lost ALL interest in this show.

    I’ve loved this show since the beginning and I couldn’t wait for it to come on.

    Now, however, I really could not care less about what goes on with this group of people. I didn’t see the last few episodes of last season. Especially after spoilers indicated how DiNozzo was going to be written off. I couldn’t believe he would go out in that ridiculous manner.

    This ruined the show for me forever and left a bad taste in my mouth. The crazy fan-people won. Have fun watching all those new people.

    • Terri says:

      When I had read that Michael Weatherly was a free agent earlier last year, I just had a feeling that he would be leaving the show very soon….I really love his style in the show…..

  9. Wordsmith says:

    I find it rather telling that the most exciting questions this tired show can raise after so many seasons are about the arrangement of office furniture.

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      It’s a thing! After 13 years, the squad room is changing! A bit! (On TV’s most watched drama.)

      Oh, and it is not “the most exciting” question, but a question. And it has been answered.

      • Wordsmith says:

        That wasn’t at all a knock on your journalistic acumen or integrity, Matt – the fans want to know what they want to know, and in this case, seating arrangements are clearly a thing that qualifies. It’s just emblematic of how comfortable the series has become with its status quo.

    • mary says:

      Are you kidding? It’s one of the most asked questions on most forums. It is actually sarcastic, because some people think they’re adding too many people. And why is it a tired show, when it is one of the most watched? Not to mention it has a number of years to catch up to SVU, the original L&O, Gunsmoke, etc.

  10. auntiemm says:

    I’m not so concerned with where they sit as much as some of the info I’ve read. A love triangle? A baby? Is Glasberg setting up another Tiva (groan)? Is the Fornell rehab story still happening or has it been scrapped to allow for the newbies’ backstories? And what about Tim and Delilah’s engagement? And who got Tony’s Mighty Mouse stapler?

    • Jerri says:

      And where have you read that info? I have seen very little of it via official news sources (TVLine, EW, TV Guide, etc). Keep in mind some fan sites tend to speculate & plain make up stuff just for the web traffic, not to keep people informed about their favourite show. Same Goes for certain tabloids and other pseudo press.

  11. JoAnn Moss says:

    All very interesting. I’m still an avid Gibbs fan and can’t wait to see what happens. And sometimes it’s the little things, like where they will all sit, that create the greatest banter and, yes, in GG’s words — fun. He is just doing his job when he drops these comments! Enjoy!

  12. demographically insignificant says:

    Thanks Matt for a cute and fun article! The increase in cast members means more desks. Strategic placement of all the desks is important in order to get the best cameras for all the actors thereby effecting editing and the storytelling.

  13. cbs,nbc and the rest should be asking viewers what we think about their cast changes. and how do we like some of the personalities they give actors. like dinozzo who most hated even his wife hated that personality!!!

  14. Frank Pote Jr says:

    Personally, though I really like this show, I hope they plan on having this season be the last. They might just as well go out on top rather than erode to something mediocre. I still feel the Bishop character has added NOTHING to the show and with Di Nozzo gone now i see the writers in a spot to start writing mundane scripts and thereby make the show suffer?!

    • A says:

      They’ve already renewed it for a season 15 (it was renewed for 2 seasons before season 13 finished airing).

      • Lori says:


        The last two seasons with Bishop have sucked. Mundane, boring and backstory that no one cares about.

        Sorry…the numbers dropped slightly…hopefully not more this season…so it’s not a huge risk the network went with the renewals for 2 more seasons.

        I wish Weatherly the best but I still think fans are going to leave because of Dinozzo and killing Ziva. (Absolutely no reason to do that…the character was perfectly fine off screen alive. All they writers had to do was write that to save Tony she (Ziva) finally tells him about the baby. Cote didn’t have to be there for that. Could’ve used old footage; back of her head…etc.

    • CBS informed Belisarius Productions in early 2016 that they wanted to renew for 2 Seasons & they did. It has been in the news.

    • mary says:

      Why is it when a character leaves people want a show to end? there are shows that lasted many years after a main character left. L&O being one big one.

      • Pete says:

        This one will be harder on the viewers because DiNozzo was there for so long.
        It’s the length of time we spend with a character that makes a difference. Most of the L&O characters lasted little more than a couple of seasons – which also meant that if you didn’t take to a character they were gone quite quickly too.

        But I agree with you that wanting a show to end, because of a cast change, is pathetic.

    • QC Lady says:

      Hoping that do many additions mean Bishop is in her way out. She is just not believable when she gets physical, and her character is not interesting.

      • Sue Rich says:

        Right now, I’d like to hold onto the old cast until I got used to the new. Tony being gone is a big bump in the road. He was like a bright spot in the show. Thank goodness his new show, BULL is on right after NCIS.

  15. Leigh Hincks says:

    I’m sorry, but who can watch this dross. Was it made for 10 year olds? There is a computer person who seems to do all the work. There is a egomaniac who thinks they can do anything at any time with no judicial source. I know it is entertainment (for the mentally impaired), but the people are awful. The dialogue is amateur and childish. The story-line is on about a par as Dora the Explorer. So, where can you put the new arrivals is the MOST interesting thing about this garbage…..

    • Mark Zegan says:

      If you hate the show why are you even watching it?

    • mazel tov says:

      Don’t hold back now. Tell us how you really feel.

    • mary says:

      This is considered garbage? Have you seen what else is actually on? Is it Emmy-worthy? No. But wow, if you think this is garbage. Not to mention you just had to click on this article & post. You would think you had better things to do.

    • mary says:

      Interesting that you just had to click on this article & had nothing better to do. But if this is what you consider garbage compared to a lot of what is on, I’m surprised you come to Tvline.

    • MMD says:

      Wow, just wow. Change the damn channel – truly it’s not that hard………………..

    • devonnullman says:

      You should be sorry – “I know it is entertainment (for the mentally impaired)” – How rude can you get?

    • QYW says:

      And you are whom? Another “expert” on what everyone should watch because you say so? Sorry honey, the only “egomaniac” I see is you, not impressed. As far as your dismal, little “mentally impaired” crack, I suggest you take a long, hard look in the mirror before casting aspersions on others–your comments alone, show how starved for attention you are. SMDH

    • tomus225 says:

      Duh! Why are you even reading about this if you dislike it so much? Oh I know you are a lurker trying to cause trouble ! 😂😂😂🎉😂

  16. D. Chisholm says:

    Alex Quinn is fabulous on Blue Bloods. The show is very entertaining and so far few repeats ,the actors are great !

  17. Sydney says:

    Can’t believe they are adding Wilmer Valderrama. Not a nice guy in real life. Might be enough to make me stop watching after all these years. Already upset about Tony leaving and worried about Fornell’s character.

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  20. Solomon says:

    Not sure about NCIS without Tony. Gibbs is the one that I expected to “retire” first. Hope that Weatherly finds what he’s looking for on Bull (seems like a bad idea)?

  21. Lori says:

    Just like when Glasberg said fans will be happy with the ending of last season Dinozzo’s send off and when Ziva left when Cote didn’t come back.

    Lies, lies and more lies. Fans weren’t happy with either.

    • QYW says:

      Oh, you are the spokesperson for ALL NCIS fans? Huh, no one told me, and no, you are not. Speak for only yourself, not so dramatic that way, right? Or are all the “fans” you are talking about just in your imagination? Wow, just wow…..

    • GeekWithFanGirlSkills says:

      (Some) Fans weren’t happy with either.

      I, for one, was happy with Tony’s send off, and I doubt I’m the only one.

  22. Sue Rich says:

    I think they should take out the wall were Podgy, EJ and her team were. Lots of room there. Finding a place where Gibbs can keep an eye on them all could be interesting..

  23. Steve Adam says:

    Should’ve gone after Timothy Olyphant

  24. Joan Turner says:

    On NCSI, why can’t you get rid of the blonde who can’t act and just have Jennifer Esposito who is a great actress. The show has been seriously lacking since Diva left and her replacement is NO actress.

  25. tomus225 says:

    I think Mark dresses Jethroe the way he thinks he should be dressed. Hard core average Joe!

  26. Sue Rich says:

    Oh, and Gibbs looks great while evolving.

  27. Aj says:

    I’m still on the fence. I don’t care for Jennifer and it feels odd to see Wilmer outside of that 70s show but as long as they take back seat roles I’m fine with it. I really want to see McGee take on a bigger leadership role and add more depth to his character now that he is the senior agent. Duane from mi-6 seems to have some promising potential if they take time to develop his character more than Esposito and Wilmer then I think losing Tony won’t be as bad over time

    • Sue Rich says:

      It’s going to be tough watching NCIS without Tony, but I’ve always given NCIS a chance and I’ll continue to do so. I’m not sure I approve of so many agents coming on board at once, but we’ll see how it goes.

  28. lsperling says:

    I’m looking forward to Jennifer Esposito and the MI-6 guy. Jury’s out on Valderrama. As for too many people with not enough desks, get rid of Bishop and the problem is solved.

  29. Bev says:

    Just finished seeing the last show where our new male character completely took over for Gibbs. Gibbs appeared gelded. Show doesn’t work this way. Get him off the show. As far a Quinn, she is much too loud. And why is Bishop listed so far down in the list of characters. She deserves higher ranking.

  30. KMC says:

    Please please please let Emily Wickersham go. She’s cute but not enhancing the show. I do like Jennifer Esposito. But sorry Bishop you’ve got to go!

    • Sue Rich says:

      I’ve been watching and reading reviews. If Michael was still there, I might agree with some of them, But, with him gone. I’d hold off letting go of anyone. We, your loyal viewers, need something familiar to hang onto right now. Losing DiNozzo was a big blow. so far it has been pretty good. But we need time to adjust. Hugs to the entire cast.

  31. Ronald HUdspeth says:

    The magic of NCIS is forever gone. All the kings horses and all the kings men wil not put NCIS back to gather again . It was great while it lasted many thanks .

    • lsperling says:

      I understand your comment, but there have been several shows that have survived the loss of one or more original or well-liked characters. Yes, it’s odd not to see Tony at his desk, but the addition of Quinn, who lends some pizzazz to her role and Torres, who lends some interest to his character (not to mention looks pretty good) is helping to get past that. Bishop remains a square peg in a round hole, however, and is about as bland a character as they could make her, not to mention that she isn’t a particularly believable actress. I’m eagerly awaiting the introduction of the new MI6 fellow.

  32. Lulu says:

    Quinn’s character is just too whiney, loud and self absorbed. At least to me and don’t feel she’s that much of an asset to the show. Just my opinion though,

  33. Wanda Gustin says:

    Don’t like the direction this show has gone. I loved and looked forward to it every week…now not so much. I find I am deleting more than watching the recordings. Sad to watch a good show in a slow death.

    • Sue Rich says:

      I think one mistake is having too many characters. That smells of a failing show. We need to get to know the people we have. You need to cut down to only two macho men, Gibbs and either of the new guys. Two women is fine, as long as Quinn doesn’t become a drama queen.
      McGee is doing awesome in his new position, and Bishop will be good if she relaxes and becomes a real person, who cares about Gibbs, and the entire team, not just Ellie.

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  36. Gordon Jenkins says:

    I have only tuned in to NCIS during the year 2015/16. If the show has been going for 13 years why don’t they show the earlier episodes.
    As for the present change of line up I can honestly say I will not be tuning in, for me the disappearance of the Jewish Detective is a huge loss to the show. Her interactive goings on with the other 2 male guys is first class and I cannot see any other actors coming anywhere near the current line up. I’m sorry but I for one will not be watching the show from now on.
    My interest is now in Law and Order SVU.
    Gordon Swindon UK

  37. Chris says:

    Don’t like any of the newcomers on ncis or ncis New Orleans.. me sad as they used to be a couple of my favorite shows

  38. Sanneh says:

    We do NOT like Esposito!! She adds NOTHING to the cast’s team other than odd man out. She just is not fitting in and they need to send her back to her old job! It’s just like something is off when they do go out on a job….She adds nothing to the plot. She would be better off in a funny sitcom. Sorry!

  39. Dave says:

    The 3 newest actors/actreses are poor.
    The latino gentleman needs a shave
    The two women are totally unrealistic – their hairstyles are completely unsuitable.
    The things spoil a formerly excellent program.

  40. George says:

    NCIS is a program I have truly enjoyed since the first season. When agent Ziva David left I was deeply saddened because she won’t be back, I still feel the same, although the reruns of previous seasons help. When Tony left and started his own show(watched it once or twice). Even with the new cast and of course those who have staved on, I feel, regrettably, the show won’t last. I like it except for one new male cast member, but like is not enough. I do still watch NCIS but with every show I feel the loss of Tony and Ziva.

  41. Ellen says:

    Love Nick Torres.. he is a natural..please keep him.

    • lsperling says:

      Ellen – I love the Nick Torres character and Valderrama plays it perfectly. Just the right amount of seriousness and sass. I wasn’t sure I’d like him on this show, but I am pleasantly surprised.

  42. Sue Rich says:

    I like both Nick and Jennifer. They’re really good actors, but I think they’ve been put in a situation that doesn’t suit them. Nick is being force to mimic Tony the peppy, funny, womanizer. Jennifer has been cast in Ziva’s shadow, mysterious, beautiful, dangerous. It’s too bad the writers didn’t give them scripts that actually fit their own personalities, whatever that might be. We really don’t know. We need to know about their characters, not the copies.

    • lsperling says:

      Interesting that you see them that way. I see it a little in Torres, but I also see a darker side to Torres than I did with Tony, perhaps because of his undercover work. Quinn’s character is not like Ziva to me at all. She’s no-nonsense but I attribute that to her being a trainer of agents, but there’s something softer about her than Ziva. Bishop is the one that I’ve never felt fit in.

  43. Cathy Escala says:

    Been watching NCIS since the beginning, do not like Wilmer Valderrama at all. Please find
    someone new.

  44. Barbara says:


    We lost Kate, Tony and Ziva and yet the show continued to be of such high quality.

    That was, until they brought in the actor who plays Nick Torres who is absolutely the worst actor in the history of the world and one of the most horrid I have ever seen (except maybe the kid on Gran Torino). He talks like he has marbles in his mouth; his hand gestures and every other thing about his so-called acting feels forced and fake. Even when the producers try to showcase him on a particular episode, he falls flat.

    Please send him away!

  45. Chronic Complainer says:

    Now if only they’d get rid of the headache-and-nausea-inducing orange paint. And give Gibbs a new hair cut.

  46. Rem_Marshall says:

    They tackled the orange paint question in season 10 (not long after the squadroom was partly damaged by a bomb). They clearly stated that it would not change. Ever. (Does it tell us something about the producers’ propensity to change ?)

    As for Gibbs new haircut, he had it in season 13… But not for long.

  47. tomus225 says:

    I really liked the change in haircut and the new clothes, wished he had kept them. He is a handsome man and those changes enhanced the handsome!

  48. Sue Rich says:

    Mark Harmon is an extremely handsome man, but the buzz cut and sloppy clothes make him look old. I loved the new hair cut and the clothes that actually fit and looked good.

  49. Constant Complainer says:

    I agree. But I don’t understand why he suddenly reverted back to his old “look.” Especially since he also looked much more fit and trim last season then he had in quite a few years. Go figure.

  50. Sue Rich says:

    Maybe if we complain about Mark’s unflattering wardrobe, the big bosses will let him spruce up again. He looked so good with the change of hair style and nice clothes that actually fit.

  51. tomus225 says:

    I think he had answered the question of his delimia after being shot so he reverted to old behavor.

  52. Sue Rich says:

    I must have missed that. I thought he changed because of his talk with his daughter. She told him he had to stop living in the past, it was about the future now. I thought that’s why he ‘brought himself up to date’.

  53. Matt Webb Mitovich says:

    Yes, because that always works.

  54. tomus225 says:

    Didn’t the “chat with his daughter” come after he was shot by the kid?