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NCIS Showrunner Promises ‘Great Stories’ in Upcoming 21st Season

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NCIS Showrunner Promises ‘Great Stories’ in Upcoming 21st Season

By Movieguide® Contributor

The 21st season of NCIS is getting ready to premiere, and showrunner David J. North promises some “huge” storylines. 

“All we wanted to do was get back to doing what we do best, which is tell really great stories,” North, who serves as a writer and co-showrunner with Steven D. Binder, told TV Insider. 

The upcoming season only has 10 episodes due to last year’s WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. To make the most of their condensed timeline, NCIS’ writers made each episode “a stand-alone story with smaller character arcs.”

Season 21 also sees the show celebrate the 1,000th episode of the franchise as a whole. 

“It’s going to be huge to try and embrace the entire NCIS universe,” North teased. “One of our most beloved characters will be in grave danger.”  

A clip released by CBS gives fans a sneak peek at what’s going to happen in the upcoming episodes, with Nick Torres (Wilmer Valderrama) getting led out of the NCIS office in handcuffs. 

Alden Parker (Gary Cole) tells Torres they’ll “get it straightened out,” but the FBI agent arresting Torres hands him a warrant that informs him he’s been arrested for murder. 

“Torres is out for revenge, even if it costs him his career — or worse, his life,” North said, explaining that he’s on the hunt for a mystery man he recognized while undercover in prison. “The man is responsible for the tortured soul we know Torres to be. He has a lot of demons, and this man is by far the worst.”

Movieguide® previously reported on Season 21 of NCIS:

NCIS Season 21 is ready to premiere this February after being delayed by the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes last year.

Per Showbiz Cheatsheet, “In NCIS Season 20, Torres went deep undercover as a prison inmate in an attempt to stop a Russian terrorist plot. Fortunately, he and the NCIS team managed to prevent an attack. But the trouble wasn’t over for Torres. While behind bars, he spotted a man from his past visiting a fellow prisoner. The young inmate, who was serving time for fraud, told Torres that the man was his mom’s boyfriend who was supposedly helping with his case, but he didn’t trust him. Torres told the other inmate he was right to be suspicious and that he’d likely been framed.”

“Now, in the February 12 Season 21 premiere, ‘Algún Día,’ the team must help Torres when he puts his future at stake by confronting the man who tormented his family when he was a child,” TV Insider reported of the Season 21 premiere. “And a few of the photos from it have us wondering just what Torres has done by the time he returns to the office. How much will he tell the rest of the team? How much might they already know?”

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