Will Pauley Perrette Ever Return to TV? What We Know About Her New Sitcom

NCIS fans were crushed when star Pauley Perrette’s last episode of the popular CBS show aired in May 2018. The actress had played forensic scientist Abby Sciuto on the crime drama for 15 seasons, but eventually decided to move on after the working environment became unbearable. Perrette alleged in a series of tweets that she had been bullied and physically assaulted on set.

Now, Perrette is returning to America’s most-watched network. But don’t expect her new role to be anything like the one she played on NCIS.

Perrette will star in Broke  

Starting next year, Perrette will star in the new sitcom Broke. She’ll play a single suburban mom named Jackie whose estranged sister Elizabeth (Natasha Leggero) suddenly shows up on her doorstep. Elizabeth and her wealthy husband Javier (Jaime Camill) need a place to stay when his trust fund money dries up.

“Though class differences may separate the women, and the size of the house and the number of people living in it will test the limits of family ties, the familial bond of sisterhood might be the catalyst they need to restore their relationship,” according to a description from the network.

Broke also stars Izzy Diaz as Javier’s friend and driver Luis. Antonio Corbo plays Jackie’s son Sammy. CBS is planning a mid-season launch for the show, but an exact premiere date hasn’t been announced.

The show is a return to Perrette’s sitcom roots. One of her first major TV roles was on the short-lived 1998 sitcom That’s Life. She also appeared in several episodes of The Drew Carey Show.

What has Perrette been doing since NCIS?

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Natasha Leggero as Elizabeth, Pauley Perrette as Jackie, Jaime Camil as Javier, Antonio Corbo as Sammy, and Izzy Diaz as Luis in Broke| Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images

The 50-year-old Perrette has kept a relatively low profile since she announced in October 2017 that she would be leaving NCIS. Since her last episode aired in 2018, she hasn’t appeared in any other TV shows or movies. But Perrette has been active on Twitter, including urging her followers to “vote against bigotry and misogyny” before the midterm elections and promoting fundraising efforts for victims of the California wildfires.

Earlier in May, Perrette and John Jay College announced the first recipient of the Pauley Perrette Forensic Science Scholarship, Alexa D’Arienzo. Perrette established the scholarship last year in order to support undergraduate students from underrepresented groups who are studying forensic science at the New York college.

““I hope this scholarship provides an opportunity for a deserving young person to accomplish their dream of acquiring an education in Forensic Science,” Perrette said in a statement when the scholarship was announced.

Why did she leave NCIS?

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Pauley Perrette | Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

When Perrette first announced she was leaving NCIS, she simply said it was time for her to move on. But after her final episode aired, she hinted that there was some drama behind her departure.

“There is a “machine’ keeping me silent, and feeding FALSE stories about me.  A very rich, very powerful publicity “machine”. No morals, no obligation to truth, and I’m just left here, reading the lies, trying to protect my crew. Trying to remain calm. He did it,” Perrette tweeted.

“I’ve been supporting ant-bullying programs forever. But now I KNOW because it was ME! If it’s school or work, that you’re required to go to? It’s horrifying. I left. Multiple Physical Assaults. I REALLY get it now. Stay safe. Nothing is worth your safety. Tell someone,” she added in a follow-up tweet.

Pauley Perrette had a terrific run on NCIS and we are all going to miss her,” CBS responded in a statement. “Over a year ago, Pauley came to us with a workplace concern,” the statement continued. “We took the matter seriously and worked with her to find a resolution.”

We are committed to a safe work environment on all our shows,” the network added.

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