It’s happening! While the actors guild of America may still be on strike, there have been major steps taken with regards to the writers. The latter guild negotiated a deal with the AMPTP, and have already agreed to reopen writers room so that pre-production can start on a host of huge procedural shows. NCIS is chief among them.
According to Deadline, the naval procedural joins 9-1-1, Grey’s Anatomy and countless others in terms of getting back on track. The writers room will officially reopen the week of October 6, an unexpectedly quick turnaround given how long the writers strike had gone on prior.
When is NCIS supposed to return in 2024?
The outlet estimates that shows originally scheduled for the fall season, like NCIS, are about a month behind schedule, and as such, will be releasing an abbreviated season. As we previously discussed, the resolution of the writers and actors strike led to lots of speculation about return dates, with the worst case scenario behind as far away as next September.
Thankfully, this appears to be drastically reduced. Now that writers have an opportunity to get back to work, fans could be looking at getting their favorite shows back as early as March 2024. There will still, however, be a reduced episode count. A month is an eternity in the TV world, so shows like NCIS that usually crank out between 20-22 episodes per season will only be able to release about half that number (12-13) for the upcoming season 21.
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The same goes for the rest of the belatedly resumed fall shows. Once more, this is an improvement over what fans could have been dealing with, which was a 6-8 episode season (effectively a miniseries, or a third of a regular season).
There still has to be some major steps taken to resolve the actors strike, but as it stands, things are looking the most promising that they have in Hollywood for months. We’re thrilled, and eager to see what the next NCIS season has in store for us.
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