New ‘NCIS’ Promo Teases Mark Harmon in Season 19 and ‘Hawai’i’ Spinoff

The NCIS season 19 premiere is coming soon to CBS, along with the debut of its latest spinoff, NCIS: Hawai’i. The network just released the first joint promo for the two series, but they didn’t give fans a huge peek at new footage.

Instead, the 20-second clip featured the lead agents from each team — Mark Harmon’s Leroy Jethro Gibbs and Vanessa Lachey’s Jane Tennant.

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‘NCIS’ moves to Monday nights, followed by ‘NCIS: Hawai’i’

Ever since its debut back in 2003, NCIS has aired on Tuesday nights in the 8 PM (EST) time slot. But for season 19, CBS is moving the series to Monday nights at 9 PM. Followed by NCIS: Hawai’i at 10 PM.

According to Deadline, the network made this schedule change to make room for an all-FBI Tuesday primetime line-up. The Tuesday night CBS schedule for the fall of 2021 starts with mothership FBI, followed by the new series FBI: International, and wrapping up the evening with FBI: Most Wanted.

Gibbs is still a big part of the story

Despite all of the reports claiming that Harmon will be taking a reduced role in season 19, neither he nor the network has confirmed this. Gibbs’ storyline in season 18 seemed to indicate that he was stepping away from the team at NCIS. But the latest promo for the procedural makes it clear Gibbs is still a big part of the story.

As Carter Matt points out, it’s still very possible that Harmon will have less screen time in the upcoming season than he has in the past. And, he might not appear in every episode. But he’s still the most recognizable face in the franchise, and CBS recognizes that has a lot of value.

The ‘NCIS’ lead-in should give ‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ strong ratings

NCIS: Hawai’i is the first spinoff in the NCIS franchise without an introduction via backdoor pilot. Fans first met the main characters from NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: New Orleans in special episodes of NCIS. But this time around, the team from NCIS Pearl is making an independent debut all on their own.

To help give the series a ratings boost, CBS chose to schedule NCIS as the spinoff’s lead-in. This makes sense, considering NCIS is the highest-rated TV show on broadcast television.

Fans got to see more of Vanessa Lachey as Jane Tennant

The new promo gave fans their longest look so far at Lachey in character as Jane Tennant — the first female boss at the Pearl Harbor office. According to Lachey, her character is in charge of 40 agents, but she “doesn’t bark orders and sit at her desk.” Instead, she says that Jane “gets her hands dirty.”

Jane’s team includes Kai Holman (Alex Tarrant), an island native that has returned home to care for his sick father. The “person Tennant relies on” is Jesse Boone (Noah Mills), a former Washington DC cop who’s also a husband and father of three.

‘NCIS’ fans will get to meet the rest of Jane’s team

The youngest member of the team is Texas native Lucy Tara (Yasmine Al-Bustami), who makes “surprising choices when she’s trying to figure out how to do what she’s been told to do.”

According to TV Insider, there’s also tech guru Ernie Malik (Jason Antoon), who showrunner Christopher Silber says “has a competence to him that bleeds into everything he does.” Rounding out the main cast of characters is Kate Whistler (Tori Anderson), who is the liaison between NCIS and the Defense Intelligence Agency.

“On the surface, she seems much more interested in career and protecting herself,” Silber says. “But she really does want to help solve crime.”

The season 19 premiere of NCIS and the series premiere of NCIS: Hawai’i is Monday, September 20 on CBS.

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