Not all long-running shows are synonymous with a particular actor. While Mariska Hargitay and Ellen Pompeo have been iconic figures in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Grey’s Anatomy, not every actor aspires to such a career. Diversifying main characters can reduce drama surrounding exits and maintain viewer interest.

Some successful shows, like Doctor Who, True Detective, or Bridgerton, opt to change leads periodically, offering a fresh perspective. Although this approach may not be feasible for every project, it can mitigate the impact of cast changes.

NCIS faced a challenge when one of its leading stars, Gibbs (Mark Harmon), departed unexpectedly. While the show continues without him, fans yearn for his return, given his graceful retirement. The door remains open for Gibbs to reappear, potentially as a consultant on future cases or to confront unresolved adversaries—a common trope in procedural dramas.

Mark Harmon, in a recent Q&A with Entertainment Tonight, expressed uncertainty about Gibbs’ future, likening him to someone fishing in an Alaskan stream. Harmon is unaware of any plans for Gibbs to return, emphasizing that if he hasn’t been contacted, it’s unlikely at present. The future of the NCIS franchise remains uncertain, but fans should stay tuned for updates on new seasons and potential developments.

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