For the launch of NCIS Season 20, Mark Harmon will not be featured in the opening credits.
No way, man! Though it was known for certain that Mark Harmon was departing NCIS, fans still held out hope as long as his likeness appeared in the show’s opening credits week after week. However, as of the debut of NCIS Season 20, all references to Harmon, who portrayed Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, have been eliminated.
The new opening credits feature a montage of the series’ new cast members before revealing the faces of series regular Sean Murray (Timothy McGee), who has been with the show since Season 1, when he was a recurring character but became a series regular in Season 2, followed by Wilmer Valderrama (Nick Torres), Katrina Law (Jessica Knight), Brian Dietzen (Jimmy Palmer), Diona Reasonover (Kasie Hinds (Alden Parker).
When Gibbs, having finished a case with McGee in Alaska, opted to settle in the 49th state, where he had found peace, in the fourth episode of season 19, Harmon decided to leave the program.
Mark Harmon No Longer in the Opening Credits for NCIS Season 20
On the season 19 NCIS DVD special feature “Being Gibbs,” Harmon addressed his departure for the first time, saying, “What has always drawn me here [to NCIS, not Alaska] is the character I play and to keep it fresh and to keep it challenging.” “Plot-wise, this character has taken the path that it did. I thought it was honest and OK with, ‘I’m not retired.’ The character is living in Alaska as far as I know,” Harmon added.
Gary Cole, as Alden Parker, assumed command in the meantime, however, he was relegated to the final credits rather than the opening sequence. Cole was able to transition into his new position with relative ease, and the fact that Gibbs had endorsed him for it certainly didn’t hurt.
NCIS Season 20: The season premiere also revealed the resolution to last year’s cliffhanger, which saw Parker teaming up with his ex-wife Vivian Kolchak (Teri Polo) to solve the Raven case. Even though Parker is sure that his ex-wife is on his side, we learned at the last second that she has a hidden contact who may be behind whatever is happening to Parker. Later on, however, it was revealed that she had been in contact with a former FBI agent named Tobias Fornell (Joe Spano), who offered his assistance on the case because he dislikes FBI Agent Wayne Sweeny (Erik Passoja), who had a grudge against Parker.
NCIS Season 20: TV viewers can see new episodes of NCIS every Monday night at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.