For now, viewers can enjoy occasional appearances from Ducky, but like all cast members, his future on NCIS is far from secure
NCIS is a police television series centered around a fictional team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, combining elements of military drama and police procedural genres. The concept and characters were originally introduced in two episodes of the CBS series JAG.
In 2011, “NCIS” was voted America’s Favorite TV Show in an online Harris poll. The series ended its tenth season as the most-watched television series in the United States during the 2012-13 network TV season. On April 15, 2021, NCIS was renewed for a nineteenth season, which premiered on September 20, 2021 with the next spin-off, NCIS: Hawaii. On March 31, 2022, NCIS was renewed for its twentieth season, which is scheduled to premiere on September 19, 2022. However, let’s find out more about who plays Ducky in NCIS.
In recent years, McCallum’s role as NCIS coroner, Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard, regained international recognition and popularity in the television series “NCIS”. In Season 15, Ducky retired from his role as ME to become an “NCIS” historian, with fellow autopsy fellow Jimmy Palmer (Brian Dietzen) taking his place. In Season 19 Episode 5, “Face the Strange”, Ducky returned to the autopsy shortly after Gibbs’ exit to help Palmer, leading to a poignant scene in which Palmer asks Ducky to stay a little longer. Unfortunately, with the departure of series lead Mark Harmon from the show in fall 2021 (season 19), McCallum became the last remaining member of the original NCIS cast.
David McCallum first came to prominence as secret agent Illya Kuryakin in the 1960s TV series The Man from UNCLE. In any case, it’s unlikely that he’ll step up his NCIS appearances again. For now, viewers can enjoy occasional appearances from Ducky, but like all cast members, his future on NCIS is far from secure.
In late April 2012, it was announced that McCallum had reached an agreement on a two-year contract extension with CBS-TV. The move meant he would remain a regular on NCIS well into his eightieth birthday. In May 2014 he signed another two-year contract. He signed an extension in 2016, started on a limited schedule in 2017 and has since renewed his contract each season separately.
However, in its 20th year, NCIS is poised to serve up a “season of love.” It premieres Monday, September 19, 2022 at 9/8c.