Mark Harmon removed from NCIS credits after Transition year

NCISThe “transition year” is apparently over.

A year after Mark Harmon’s last appearance in front of the camera as team leader Leroy Jethro Gibbs, the new opening credits for NCIS‘ Season 20, which debuted Monday night, no longer features the series vet.

Instead, Sean Murray, who plays McGee, is now the first cast member to appear in the opening montage.

Also of note: CBS press releases listed Harmon among the show’s regulars for the season opener, but not for an episode beyond.

Harmon was reportedly willing to hang up Gibbs’ cap after season 18, but learned that if he did, CBS might not renew NCIS. As such, he agreed to return in a limited capacity for Season 19, ending up leaving four episodes in.

In this farewell episode, the sidelined Special Agent Gibbs decided Not taking back his badge, gun, and job, but staying “in the middle of nowhere” in Alaska, where a multi-episode arc had taken him. Despite this, Harmon remained in the opening credits of the long-running drama for the remainder of season 19.

CBS Entertainment president Kelly Kahl told TVLine in May that season 19 was a “transitional year” for television’s most-watched drama. But looking ahead to season 20, he suggested removing Harmon from the opening credits was “something we might consider in the future.”

And when/if NCIS Viewers could see Harmon back on screen, Kahl said, “Everyone is aware that if they ever want to stop by for an episode or episodes, the door is open.”

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https://tvline.com/2022/09/19/ncis-mark-harmon-removed-opening-credits-season-20/ Mark Harmon removed from NCIS credits after Transition year

Lindsay Lowe

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