NCIS season 19: Will Special Agent Alden Park fight for Gibbs’ role?

NCIS season 19 is set to premiere next month on September 20 with new mainstay Alden Park leading the series. But will Park fight for Agent Gibbs’ role?
NCIS fans are now well aware that Agent Gibbs (played by Mark Harmon) is taking a backseat in season 19 of the CBS series. With the star seemingly easing out of the show, Special Agent Alden Park (Gary Cole) is stepping in to fill the gap. But will Park be taking over Gibbs’ job in the new season?
Will Special Agent Alden Park fight for Gibbs’ role?

The wait for the 19th season is almost over and fans are bracing themselves for a very different team this time around.

With Gibbs set to only appear in a handful of episodes, and Ellie Bishop (Emily Wickersham) leaving during the season 18 finale, the cast is going through a major change.

Back in June, CBS confirmed that Gary Cole would be starring as a series regular in season 19, playing the new role of Alden Park.
Joining him is Katrina Law, now a series regular after first being introduced in the last few episodes of season 18 as Jessica Knight.


But with the new season just around the corner, viewers are now wondering if Cole’s character could be replacing Gibbs in season 19 and beyond.

Not much is known about Park, other than the fact he is an FBI Special Agent.

This would indicate that he is working outside of the NCIS team, likely coming in to assist with a particularly difficult case.

When Cole was announced to be joining the cast, TVLine sources stressed that he would not be a “replacement” for Gibbs.

CBS are clearly very keen to keep Harmon in the series for as long as possible, so it would be unlikely they would immediately give Park Gibbs’ role of team leader.

However, with Gibbs being confirmed to be largely absent from the new season, the NCIS team will need someone to take the reins.

If this isn’t going to be Park, the next safest bet is Timothy McGee (Sean Murray) as he has the most experience than anyone else on the team.

“With the addition of Gary Cole and Katrina Law to the cast, this is already shaping up to be one of the best seasons yet,” NCIS showrunner Steven D Binder said when their casting was announced.

The showrunner continued: “Going into Season 19, we are excited to have new characters and stories to tell that adds to and re-energizes the world we’ve come to love over the 400-plus episodes.”

Shortly after season 18 aired, it was reported that Harmon was initially looking to leave the series entirely.

However, CBS reportedly risked cancelling the show if the star left, so an agreement was made for him to only appear a handful of times.

CBS is likely considering backup plans if Harmon does fully leave the series following season 19, with Cole a strong candidate step in his shoes.
Cole is a veteran in Hollywood, having starred in countless successful films and TV series.

Most recently, the star could be seen in The Good Fight, Mixed-ish, Chicago Fire and Veep.

With so little to go on for Alden Park, it is hard to tell how exactly he will influence season 19’s story.

However, fans are ready for some big changes but are happy to know Gibbs is going nowhere anytime soon.

NCIS season 19 premieres on CBS on September 20 in the USA. A UK release date is yet to be announced.