NCIS season 18 CONFIRMED: CBS renews flagship series as Gibbs’ return is sealed

It looks like the likes of Leroy Gibbs (played by Mark Harmon) and Ellie Bishop (Emily Wickersham) will be returning to TV screens in the future as part of the 18th season of NCIS. CBS announced yesterday it was renewing the series after season 17 saw the crime drama top ratings week after week to become the USA’s most-watched TV show.

Speculation about new NCIS episodes has been rife ever since the coronavirus pandemic halted production on season 17.

This resulted on the episode count for the latest series being reduced from 24 to 20 and meant fans missed out on the highly-anticipated 400th episode.

Therefore, the decision to renew the series means fans will, eventually, get to see the series hit the impressive milestone.

The good news doesn’t stop there either as series lead Mark Harmon has reportedly closed a new deal to return to the CBS series.

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Rumours have circulated Gibbs’ future for many seasons now but it looks like he’s going nowhere.

Deadline report Harmon signed a deal with CBS TV Studios around the same time as the renewal was announced.

It also means Harmon will retain his spot as executive producer on NCIS: New Orleans.

With the COVID-19 outbreak still ongoing and drastically affecting the production of TV in the USA, it’s unknown when the cast and crew can return to work for season 18.

Elsewhere, NCIS: New Orleans and NCIS: Los Angeles have also been given the green light for another season.

The same publication reports that NOLA lead Scott Bakula, who plays Dwayne Pride, has penned a new deal.

LL Cool J and Chris O’Donnell, the two lead agents in LA, are reportedly close to signing new deals.

Fears had been heightened as contracts for many of the cast of the spin-off series had ended this year.

It’s still unknown who from the cast or how many actors will be offered and/or accept new deals.

However, with all the NCIS leading stars retaining their places on their respective shows, it’s likely CBS will want to keep its other biggest names.

CBS will be hoping each of the renewed seasons can deliver on the high ratings they achieved in their latest runs.

Flagship series NCIS averaged a staggering 15.33 million viewers per episode, for instance.

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This made NCIS the number one drama/scripted show in the USA.

It’s a feat the drama has achieved consistently for the best part of the last decade.

What lies in store for Gibbs, Pride, Callen and Sam Hanna remains unclear.

However, it’s likely fans will be counting down the days until the world of NCIS returns to find out.

NCIS is available to stream on CBS All Access now.

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