'NCIS' Season 19: What We Know so Far As Release Date Revealed

NCIS has been off screens since May, but the wait before Season 19 comes to CBS is nearly over. The long-running crime procedural is among the dozen-or-so shows that the network has confirmed the release date for.

We know when NCIS will return later in 2021, but we also know some big changes are afoot in the next season of the show. Season 19 will get a major new star joining the cast, while one beloved character takes some time away from the franchise. Here's everything we know about the next season of the TV drama.

When 'NCIS' Season 19 Starts

After many years on Tuesdays, NCIS is moving to Mondays for Season 19 when the show comes back in fall 2021.

Mondays on CBS will get a double bill, with NCIS airing at 9 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. CT followed by the brand new NCIS Hawaii at 10 p.m. ET / 9 p.m. CT. Both of these shows will start airing on Monday, September 20.

CBS also announced the release date for Season 13 of NCIS: Los Angeles. The spinoff has kept its time slot, but will return later than its sister shows. Episodes of NCIS: LA will begin at 9 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. CT on Sunday, October 10. NCIS: New Orleans was canceled at the end of the spring season.

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Sean Murray, Katrina Law and Wilmer Valderrama will all return for "NCIS" Season 19—but Mark Harmon will have a limited number of episodes with them. CBS

What to Expect From 'NCIS' Season 19

NCIS's last season ended on a dramatic cliffhanger, with Gibbs (played by Mark Harmon) faking his own death after his boat exploded. This came after reports that Harmon would only appear in a number of episodes of Season 19.

Harmon may be limiting his time on the next season, but another grey-haired TV veteran is joining the cast. In June, Variety reported that Veep and The Good Fight actor Gary Cole was joining the cast as FBI Special Agent Alden Park—though the article noted that the character will not be a replacement for Gibbs on the show.

Another character introduced in the last season is getting an extended role in the show. Hawaii Five-O star Katrina Law was introduced in the penultimate episode of Season 18 as hostage negotiator and Special Agent Jessica Knight, and had been promoted for Season 19 following the departure of Emily Wickersham as Ellie Bishop.

"We haven't shot a single frame quite yet, but with the addition of Gary Cole and Katrina Law to the cast, this is already shaping up to be one of the best seasons yet," said NCIS showrunner Steven D. Binder. "Going into season 19, we are excited to have new characters and stories to tell that adds to and reenergizes the world we've come to love over the 400+ episodes."

Every episode of NCIS so far is streaming on Paramount+. Seasons 1 to 15 are on Netflix.