NCIS Is Losing One Of Its Stars, Get The Details

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CBS has one of the biggest shows on network TV with NCIS, which will debut its fifteenth season in the fall. As it turns out, not everybody will be back when the show returns to the airwaves. One actor has officially decided not to return as a regular to the series. Jennifer Esposito is leaving after one season as a series regular on NCIS.

Jennifer Esposito made her NCIS debut in last fall's Season 14 premiere as Special Agent Alex Quinn. The character was an experienced NCIS agent who chose to leave field work behind to work at teaching new agents as an instructor at the Law Enforcement Training Center. She wouldn't stay in the classroom, however, as Gibbs pulled her back into field work alongside his team. She brought her wit, intelligence, and experience into the fold to become a major asset for the team. Sadly, Quinn also brought some demons of her own, and Season 14 wasn't an easy year for her.

It's not yet known how Alex Quinn will be written out of NCIS now that Jennifer Esposito has decided to leave. She was part of one of the cliffhangers in the Season 14 finale, although not the giant cliffhanger that could change the entire team in some fundamental ways. She was seen receiving two phone calls from her mom, and although we don't know exactly what they discussed, the phone calls could be used to give Quinn an excuse for leaving the team. Deadline reports that NCIS will go in a brand new creative direction when it returns in the fall for Season 15.

If Quinn does leave to take care of some business with her mother, the door may be open for her to return for guest shots in the future. We can't say at this point if NCIS will return with Quinn simply gone or if Jennifer Esposito will return long enough for her character to get a sendoff. We can only hope that this is not the very end of Quinn.

Jennifer Esposito will keep busy even without NCIS. She has landed a co-starring role in the upcoming feature Speed Kills, which will also star John Travolta. She also is still attached to Showtime's The Affair as Nina Solloway, which has been a recurring role. She'll still have plenty going on; it just won't be as Alex Quinn on NCIS.

NCIS will return with the rest of the cast this fall on CBS. Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest in TV news, and don't forget to check out our summer TV premiere schedule to discover all your viewing options now and in the coming weeks. Be sure to drop by our rundowns for cable/streaming and broadcast TV renewals and cancellations as well. If streaming is more your style, our Netflix premiere schedule will help you out.

Laura Hurley
Senior Content Producer

Laura turned a lifelong love of television into a valid reason to write and think about TV on a daily basis. She's not a doctor, lawyer, or detective, but watches a lot of them in primetime. Resident of One Chicago, the galaxy far, far away, and Northeast Ohio. Will not time travel and can cite multiple TV shows to explain why. She does, however, want to believe that she can sneak references to The X-Files into daily conversation (and author bios).