CBS has renewed one of its longest running series for another run. “NCIS” is getting a season 16 but one original cast member won’t be back.
The most watched TV show in the world scored a renewal this week following a confirmation from CBS. Mark Harmon’s Agent Gibbs, who has long been rumored to be departing the show, will actually still be in the new season but Pauley Perrette’s Abby Sciuto, won’t be in season 16 any longer.
Reports revealed that Perrette’s final “NCIS” appearance will air as a two-part season finale on Tuesdays, May 1 and May 8. The actress posted her departure on Twitter: “I worked really hard to give you my best. I really hope EVERYONE tunes in. Bless.”
The said episode on May 1, titled “One Step Forward,” has the following logline as per CBS: “Sara Carter (Skye P. Marshall) begs Gibbs (Mark Harmon) to investigate her mother’s murder as she believes the local authorities convicted the wrong man. Also, Abby (Perrette) is awarded a dinner reservation for two to a brand-new five-star restaurant in an igloo and has to decide which coworker deserves to go with her.”
The details to the May 8 episode, however, have not yet been released.
Perrette has 15 seasons and over 350 episodes of “NCIS” in her filmography. She’s actually part of the original cast alongside Harmon and Michael Weatherly, who left the show over two years ago.
Meanwhile, in renewing “NCIS” season 16 and re-signing Harmon, CBS executive Kelly Kahl said in a statement: “This show speaks to viewers of all ages, in all parts of the country and around the world. NCIS’ amazing characters and terrific storytelling result in some of TV’s most passionate fans. Of course, none of this would be possible without an outstanding production team, and talented cast led by the incomparable and absolutely tireless Mark Harmon. We’re thrilled he is returning as the centerpiece of the show, and we could not be more excited for NCIS’ 16th season.”