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“NCIS Season 17”: “Christopher Lloyd” as special guest appearance? was it pre-planned?

NCIS is an American action-drama television series. It revolves around a fictional team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). NCIS investigates all major criminal offenses. Initially, the concept and characters of NCIS were introduced in two episodes of the CBS series JAG. JAG premiered in September 2003, on CBS.

The NCIS is a Major Case Response Team (MCRT), based at Washington, D.C., and field office is in Washington Navy Yard. The NCIS is the law enforcement and counter-intelligence arm of the United States Department of the Navy.

Release Date of NCIS Season 17:

NCIS has seventeen seasons so far and the latest season is already out. It had been premiered on September 24, 2019, consisting of 20 episodes. CBS renewed the series for a season 18 in May 2020. However, we are uncertain about its release date as there is no official announcement as of today due to the spread of coronavirus. We expect that season 18 will be released in September 2020, though.

Season 17 was produced by Belisarius Productions and CBS Television Studios. CBS announced that the filming of season 17 had been interrupted due to the coronavirus pandemic on March 13, 2020. The way NCIS season 17 ended, it is quite surprising. Season 17 came to an early end because the production shut down early in the wake of coronavirus outbreak in March.

The Cast of NCIS Season 17:

Starcast of NCIS season 17 includes Mark Harmon as Leroy Jethro Gibbs, Sean Murray as Timothy McGee, Wilmer Valderrama as Nick Torres, Maria Bello as Dr. Jacqueline Sloane, Diona Reasonover as Kasie Hines, Emily Wickersham as Eleanor Bishop, Rocky Carroll as Leon Vance, Brian Dietzen as Dr Jimmy Palmer, and David McCallum as Dr. Donald Mallard and many more.

The Plot of NCIS Season 17:

We have seen 20th episode Arizona brought the 17th season to an end with a special guest appearance from Christopher Lloyd. However, fans are wondering what could have been shown in the finale of season seventeen. Due to the pandemic, the season was cut short by four episodes.

Co-showrunner Frank Cardea in an interview with TVLine

shared how season 17 was meant to end. He quoted, “The envisioned season finale did not have a cliffhanger ending but was planned to have a very surprising ending.”

He added, “We tend to go forward with the episode in the first part of Season 18 but will probably revaluate the ending when the time comes.”

There are storylines left from season 17 that are yet to be resolved and these could be portrayed in the finale. It includes the actual murderer of Xavier Zolotov and probably Leroy Gibbs might have committed it. There is another question as well what is next for Ellie Bishop after she received a mysterious text from Ziva David’s old handler.

There are also a number of expected romantic plots including feelings of Bishop and Nick Torres and we expect it to be included. It seems that we will have to wait and watch what these big reveals will be there in season 18.

“400th” is one of the major episodes that were missed in season 17, but we expect to watch it included in season 18. Cardea explained during the interview, “Episode 22 was going to be our 400th which we had special things planned for and CBS was throwing a big party for us. But it will happen. We have a lot of flexibility to air the first five or six episodes of next season in any order we want, but we will still shoot 400 as the second one and air it as the second one.”