NCIS is set to air its tenth season this fall, and if you can’t believe that it has been nearly 10 years since the crime drama first aired, you’re not alone. Michael Weatherly, who, alongside Mark Harmon, Pauley Perrette, and David McCallum, has been with the show since its inception, revealed to ET that he never could have anticipated the show to have such great success.
“No one goes into a TV pilot anticipating that ten years later they’re going to be sitting down and talking about [it],” Weatherly said. “I think that this has become something that we are all really grateful for and we love, but…I think it’s a surprise to all of us.”
The show’s previous season ended with an explosive episode that left viewers with many unanswered questions. To the relief of fans, Weatherly revealed that the upcoming Season 10 premiere will address the cliffhangers right away.
“It’s all dealt with in the opening moments of the season premiere and it’s a huge season premiere,” he said, then teasing upcoming scenes. “I just finished shooting scenes with Cote de Pablo where we’re trapped in an elevator together–very sticky situation–and…I required the services of a stunt double.”
The 44-year-old who plays the role of “Tony DiNozzo” on NCIS said that the show’s upcoming tenth season may just be its best.
“I think this could be the best season we ever do because…we’ve hit the ground running, things feel very connected and very solid, [and there is] great storytelling,” he evaluated. “It’s too early to really call it but it feels like a winning season.”
After nine completed seasons, the writers are faced with the challenge of keeping the material fresh and appealing, a task that Weatherly says they have already achieved by keeping the content realistic.
“Being honest about how we all grow and change is a really important aspect of the story,” he said.
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Watch NCIS Tuesdays at 8.00 et/pt on Global TV this fall.