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Wilmer Valderrama on NCIS Initiation Rites, New Cast 'Challenging the Genre'

With three new characters joining NCIS this season and only one vacated desk, “There’s definitely not!” room to fit them all in the squad room, Wilmer Valderrama joked during his visit with Michael Ausiello at TVLine’s Comic-Con studio presented by ZTE.

In addition to Valderrama’s Special Agent Nicholas “Nick” Torres, TV’s most watched drama added two other series regulars — Duane Henry, whose MI-6 agent debuted at the end of last season, and onetime Blue Bloods crimestopper Jennifer Esposito (as Special Agent Alexandra “Alex” Quinn).

With all this new blood, “The dynamic of the show has definitely evolved into something else,” the ’70s Show alum shared. “Some of the new characters that are coming in… are challenging the genre.”

In the video Q&A above, Valderrama also talks about working largely with series frontman Mark Harmon in his first scenes, and also hints at the “initiation” process for those joining a CBS procedural (though his fellow CBS Fan Favorite actors promise to hand over the compromising Polaroids… at some point).

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