Sure Signs NCIS' Star Mark Harmon Won't Return to the Show

Sure Signs NCIS' Star Mark Harmon Won't Return to the Show
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The actor seems to be battling blasts from his past.


  • NCIS will return in the winter of 2024 after a hiatus due to the strikes.
  • Mark Harmon retired from the show in 2021.
  • The actor may have other projects to work on in the near future.

The year 2023 was quite hectic for Hollywood. First, there were all the premieres, including Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantimania, Shazam! Fury of the Gods, The Little Mermaid, and many others. Then the WGA strike began, halting production on many beloved shows and upcoming films. After that, Barbenheimer was released to satisfy audiences' immense anticipation. Finally, the SAG-AFTRA union also went on strike, bringing the industry to a near standstill.

As a result, most of our beloved shows like Young Sheldon, Chicago Fire and NCIS didn't come back this fall. Fortunately, with both strikes effectively over, the shows have resumed production and are scheduled to make midseason returns this coming winter.

For example, Season 21 of CBS' hit procedural drama NCIS will premiere on February 12. However, like the previous installment, it won't feature the show's main star, Mark Harmon, who left the series after season 19. In fact, no other installment of NCIS will apparently star the actor for a variety of reasons.


Mark Harmon is a true veteran of the CBS series, having played the role of Leroy Jethro Gibbs since Season 1, which premiered in 2003. When he retired from NCIS in 2021, the actor was seventy years old and had starred in nineteen seasons of the procedural drama. Currently at seventy-two, Harmon has voiced no plans to reprise his iconic role. But that doesn't seem to be the only reason he's done with NCIS.

Blasts From the Past

Throughout his extensive career, Mark Harmon has had dozens of roles in film and TV. Some of his most famous performances are in the cult comedies of the 1980s and 2000s, Summer School and Freaky Friday. Apparently, there are rumors that the two movies in question might get sequels. Here's what the actor has to say about it.

'[A Freaky Friday sequel] is because Jamie [Lee Curtis] is talking about it. And you know Jamie… If she's talking about it'll happen, 'cause all things happen,' Mark Harmon commented on the possibility of another installment of the 2000s cult comedy.

In the same interview, the actor made no mention of a possible Summer School sequel – he seemed unaware of any such plans. But if any of the rumors are true and we do get a new installment of one of the two movies starring Mark Harmon, that would be great. But then he would definitely be too busy to return to NCIS.

Source: YouTube.

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