Wilmer Valderrama Just Gave ‘NCIS’ Fans an Important Update About Season 18

When production for NCIS season 17 shut down in March, fans were utterly devastated. Despite being promised 24 episodes for season 17, the coronavirus pandemic made it unsafe to keep filming, leaving fans a whole four episodes short. Thankfully though, dedicated viewers will be rewarded for their patience soon enough: CBS confirmed that NCIS is definitely returning for an 18th season.

What exactly will season 18 entail? Read on for all sorts of spoilers, cast info, and news about the upcoming season of NCIS:

When does NCIS season 18 start?

Ready for a bit of bad news? Despite all prior seasons being released in September, the coronavirus pandemic has unfortunately delayed the show’s filming schedule. As a result, new episodes of NCIS aren’t likely to arrive until November, at the earliest.

Now for the good news: Earlier this week, Wilmer Valderrama, a.k.a. Nick, shared a screenshot of the cast and crew doing their first Zoom table read of season 18. “In many ways it feels like we, the cast and crew of our @ncis_cbs family.. are like astronauts embarking into the learning curb of a whole new world and reality.. here’s to a smooth lift off,” he wrote on Instagram.This content is imported from Instagram. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site.

Once a season 18 start date is confirmed, we’ll be sure to update this post. When NCIS does return, expect it to air in its usual Tuesday 8 p.m. ET time slot.

What can fans expect from the new season of NCIS?

While we don’t know a ton about the upcoming season, it’s almost certain that the show’s milestone 400th episode will be packed with drama. The flashback episode, which was supposed to air in the springtime but didn’t due to the pandemic, will look at the early days of Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and Ducky (David McCallum). But before we watch that, fans will kick off with episode 399, which is where the show left off before production was halted.

What’s more, fans will say goodbye to Jack (Maria Bello) after eight episodes of the new season, per Deadline. That said, it remains to be seen what her sendoff will look like.

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Who will all be included in the NCIS season 18 cast?

All of your favorites — Mark HarmonWilmer ValderramaSean Murray,Emily WickershamMaria BelloBrian DietzenDiona ReasonoverRocky Carroll, and David McCallum. As for Cote de Pablo, who plays Ziva, however, it looks like fans won’t be seeing her this season. According to Parade.com, Ziva’s storyline wrapped up in season 17 when she flew to Paris to reunite with Tony (Michael Weatherly) and their daughter. While it’s possible she’ll return in some capacity later on, the outlet reports that it’s “not likely” for season 18.

How can I watch and stream NCIS season 18?

First and foremost, the crime drama airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET during the fall on CBS.

If you can’t catch NCIS at that time, however, you still have other streaming options. Episodes of NCIS are also available on the CBS All-Access app, which is available on Android, iPad, iPhone, Apple TV, Chromecast, FireTV, LG, PS4, Roku, Samsung, Vizio, XBox One, and XFinity devices. Plans start at $5.99 per month, but you can always try the service out for free for seven days.

As far as old NCIS seasons go, you can catch up on Amazon Prime and Netflix, as well.