Fall TV Preview

NCIS Boss Tees Up 'Season of Love' (!), Plus a Fun, New Crossover Dynamic

Yes, you read that headline right. NCIS in its 20th year is ready to serve up a “Season of Love.” But what does that mean, exactly?

After all, when last we tuned in, the mood was very tense, and not lovey-dovey, as Special Agent Alden Parker (played by Gary Cole) went on the lam with his ex-wife Vivian (guest star Teri Polo), after she had been kidnapped and he in turn got framed for the murder of his former partner at the FBI.

Yet as they sped away, viewers saw Vivian secretly text a mysterious someone, “It’s done. I have him.” The she-devil!

When Season 20 opens up Monday, Sept. 19 at 9/8c, only a day or so has passed and Parker is still on the run, while the NCIS team investigates who from might have a personal vendetta against him. Is it the mysterious “Raven” that has taunted the team since the middle of last season?

And if so, is “The Raven” in fact a singular person, or some sort of nefarious group? “That’s an interesting question…,” NCIS showrunner Steven D. Binder tells TVLine. “We don’t exactly know who or what The Raven is. We think we know, but I can tell you that we don’t know.”

To clear Parker’s name, the team will enlist the help of NCIS: Hawai’i’s Special Agent Jane Tennant (played Vanessa Lachey) and Computer Specialist Ernie Malick (Jason Antoon), who are in town for a meeting with Director Vance (Rocky Carroll). That sets the stage for a two-part crossover event that will spill over into NCIS: Hawai’i’s own season opener, airing Monday at 10 pm.

What all can NCIS fans expect from the crossover, the aforementioned “Season of Love” and more? Read on….

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