A summer will have passed when CBS’ NCIS opens Season 14 (Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 8/7c), and yet no one has been deemed worthy to claim Very Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo’s desk.
“Gibbs has gone through a number of probies and said, ‘No one is good enough,’” shares Brian Dietzen, who plays Jimmy Palmer. Cue the arrival of exasperated Special Agent Alex Quinn (Blue Bloods’ Jennifer Esposito), the FLETC instructor “who basically shows up and says to Gibbs, ‘What the hell is wrong with you?!’” showrunner Gary Glasberg previews.
As Boss mulls (or, more likely, deflects!) that question, a case breaks that introduces Nick Torres, a long-undercover Special Agent (That ’70s Show‘s Wilmer Valderrama), “and by the end of the show, Gibbs has two people” to add to his team, says the EP.
The new faces — including Duane Henry’s MI6 officer Clayton Reeves, who resurfaces in Episode 5 — had best get settled in by winter, because Gibbs’ revamped team will be put to the test. “About halfway through the season, a significant story will kick in,” says Glasberg, “and carry us all the way to the finale.”
In the meantime, however, the EP aims to serve up a familiar, if freshened, version of TV’s most watched drama. “I was intent on focusing on proving to people that it’s the same show that they’ve always watched, just with some new faces.”
Amidst the aforementioned workplace makeover, Gibbs is dealing with a different home life as well, in the form of a new roommate.
“Fornell is living with Gibbs as he’s recuperating” from his season-ending shooting, says Glasberg. “Be prepared, because it’s some wonderful, light, funny stuff!”