‘NCIS’ Casts Wilmer Valderrama as Series Regular for Season 14

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NCIS” has added Wilmer Valderrama as a series regular for season 14.

Valderrama will play a once-grounded NCIS field agent who accepted a deep cover assignment years ago and never resurfaced. Many agents don’t know he’s still on the job or that he’s even alive. Now, he’s back and his dedication to job and country has left him an unpredictable, charismatic loose cannon.

“Wilmer Valderrama will be able to flex his dramatic, physical and comedic talents in this classic ‘NCIS’ role,” said executive producer Gary Glasberg. “Fans are going to see him like they’ve never seen him before. This is going to be fun. We’re thrilled he’s coming aboard.”

The hit series said goodbye to series regular Michael Weatherly in the season 13 finale. Weatherly’s Tony DiNozzo had been with the show since its series premiere.

Valderrama most recently appeared in a recurring role on ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy.” His additional television credits include his breakout role on “That ’70s Show,” “Minority Report,” “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series” and “Awake.” His film credits include indie dramas “To Whom It May Concern,” from French director Manu Boyer, and “The Adderall Diaries,” opposite Amber Heard and James Franco, which premiered at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, as well as “Larry Crowne,” “From Prada to Nada,” “Fast Food Nation” and “The Dry Land.”

“NCIS” stars Mark Harmon, Pauley Perrette, Sean Murray, Rocky Carroll, Emily Wickersham, Brian Dietzen and David McCallum. The long-running procedural is produced by Belisarius Productions in association with CBS Television Studios.

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  1. Most Hubris says:

    Even if he were a uniquely talented actor — he’s marginal, at best — Wilmer does not fit NCIS. No matter the number of episodes that will be written to include his character, Wilmer’s departure from NCIS will be sooner rather than later. The only good thing about his casting will be waiting for and watching the demise of his character.

  2. ME says:

    What did I do wrong to read this? Did I get Mike Franks killed off?

  3. Ron Olander says:

    This show is going in the dumper with this guy….

  4. ken says:

    Congrats Wilma! NCIS is looking real good. This is the first time I’ve really been excited about the upcoming season of this show.

  5. teresahr49 says:

    Wow! TPTB at NCIS have just lost it. They have absolutely no idea why we watched or what magic in a bottle they had that made NCIS the most watched tv show in the world – and they certainly had no appreciation for the talented Michael Weatherly and his contributions to their success. Can’t watch the train wreck any longer!

  6. Sean says:

    Oh yes. I love him. And he’s a excellent actor.

  7. victoriamemorial says:

    Emily Wickersham is a lovely actress, but this role is terrible and brings the show down. Writing to Harry Truman as a way of ….Actually, I’m not sure if the writers were trying to advance the plot or make the character more lovable, but it was certainly a head-desk moment for me, and many other viewers, I’m sure. We need a better female agent. PLEASE. This show has lost too many strong characters. The Yorkshire Gold tea is gone and nothing left but Lipton flow through bags.

  8. What a massively disappointing letdown!

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