How The NCIS Season 14 Cast Is Shaking Out Without Michael Weatherly

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NCIS might be heading into Season 14, but the CBS staple is probably less stable in terms of its cast than it has ever been. After losing Michael Weatherly at the end of Season 13, the series tried out a couple of characters to help finish out the season and potentially replace Tony DiNozzo on the team. Now we've learned some more cast shakeups are happening, although there is good news for one of the actors who signed on with NCIS at the end of Season 13. Duane Henry has been promoted to a series regular. Another cast member was not so lucky.

Since there's so much going on, we'll just go ahead and break down every iota of information we have. As noted prior, Duane Henry, who plays former MI-6 officer Clayton Reeves on the series, is definitely sticking around for the next batch of episodes and has even been given regular status on the series. Apparently Reeves was a big hit with the CBS crowd. What is good news for one actor is bad news for another. If you'll remember, around the same time, NCIS also added Sarah Clarke as a new employee named Tess Monroe, a competent person at work but also someone who had been divorced on several occasions. Unfortunately for those who like the Bosch actress, TV Line reports Sarah Clarke will not be back for Season 14.

Really, that means there is plenty of room for another female character in the lineup. Yesterday, we learned that Jennifer Esposito has nabbed a pivotal role on the long-running CBS drama. Jennifer Esposito is also joining the drama for Season 14. She'll play Special Agent Alex Quinn, who becomes a part of the team only after Gibbs cajoles her to return to the line of duty. In her past, Quinn was a field agent. We'll have to wait and see how well she fits in to the series.

We hopefully won't have to deal with any more unexpected changes in cast members, at least not early in Season 14. Just a few months ago, we learned Mark Harmon had signed a 2-year contract to keep appearing on the show, and CBS went ahead and renewed NCIS for two seasons just a short time afterward. The other big cast members, including Pauley Perrette Sean Murray, Brian Dietzen, Rocky Carroll and Emily Wickersham and David McCallum, should be back, as well.

NCIS' fourteenth season is expected to hit the schedule on Tuesday, September 20 at 8 p.m. ET, followed by Michael Weatherly's new series Bull. (We see what you did there, CBS.) To find out when the rest of your favorites are returning, please check out our fall TV premiere schedule.

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