EXCLUSIVE: There will be no other NCIS cast departures besides Michael Weatherly this year. I have learned that co-stars Pauley Perrette, Sean Murray, Rocky Carroll & David McCallum all have signed new two-year deals to continue on CBS’ flagship drama series, which returns for Season 14 in the fall.
Like Weatherly, who toplines CBS’ new drama series Bull, and NCIS star/executive producer Mark Harmon, Perrette, Murray, Carroll and McCallum’s contracts were up at the end of last season. Harmon inked a new 2-year pact in February, triggering a two-year renewal for NCIS. The new contracts for Perrette, Murray, Carroll and McCallum assure that NCIS is set for Seasons 14 and 15 with its core cast on board. (The rest of the series’ cast members, Brian Dietzen and Emily Wickersham, are on a different contract cycle.)
Thirteen seasons in, NCIS continues to be broadcast TV’s most watched drama series. During the recently concluded 2015-16 season, it averaged 20.54 million viewers for first-run episodes (Live+7). Additionally, it has been a strong launching pad for CBS, helping establish NCIS: LA and NCIS: New Orleans, among other series.
Perrette, who plays the quirky Abby Sciuto, is one of three original cast members remaining on the show, alongside Harmon and McCallum, who plays Ducky Mallard. She is said to have landed a significant raise. Murray, who plays Timothy McGee, has been on NCIS since Episode 7 of Season 1, scoring a quick promotion to regular at the beginning of Season 2. Carroll, who plays Leon Vance, started as a recurring in Season 5, becoming a regular in Season 6.
Next season, Harmon, Perrette, Murray, Carroll, McCallum, Dietzen and Emily Wickersham will be joined by new series regular Wilmer Valderrama. The series also is casting a new female regular.