Longtime NCIS star Michael Weatherly hinted on Twitter that he — or perhaps he and Côte de Pablo — could be joining the series in 2023.
Weatherly responded to fans on Twitter, saying that while he didn’t make any specific promises, this year “might” be the year Tony DiNozzo and Ziva David reunite on screen. Weatherly originally left the show in 2016 to star Bull, in which he leaves NCIS behind to raise a child he and Ziva had together. Ziva David was presumed dead at the time, but she later revealed in a guest appearance by De Pablo that she was actually alive.
NCIS revolves around a team of Naval Criminal Investigative Service Special Agents investigating crimes involving the United States Navy and Marine Corps. Weatherly and De Pablo were series regulars for over a decade before stepping down separately, but their characters’ destinies eventually became intertwined.
Weatherly posted his New Year’s greetings on Twitter, telling his followers to “enjoy the moment,” and one fan said, “We all want to see you and Ziva reunite.” He agreed and tweeted the quote. In response, “Keep an eye out…because this could be an interesting year for ‘moments’ like this!” As a retired star (although he continues his role as producer). Despite the loss of Harmon (who starred for 18 years) just a year after Michael Weatherly left the series, the show remains one of the most-watched series on television.
The day after Harmon’s final episode, showrunner Stephen D. Binder said, “As executive producer and dear friend, Mark continues to be an integral part of the show.” In a statement, he suggested that Harmon could return if he wanted to. “Our North Star has always been loyal to our characters, and that truth has always guided the stories we tell and the directions they take. So as for Gibbs’ future, if you’re a longtime fan of the series. As you may have noticed over time, “For Years… Never Ignore Leroy Jethro Gibbs.”
Originally a spin-off of the military legal drama JAG, NCIS has grown into a franchise in its own, with three spinoffs to date (and ongoing rumors of a JAG revival) . While one of them, NCIS: New Orleans, ended in 2021, it was almost immediately replaced in the schedule by NCIS: Hawaii.