Maria Bello is set to exit CBS’ NCIS, after a three-year run on TV’s most watched drama.
Bello joined NCIS for Season 15, as forensic psychologist Jacqueline “Jack” Sloane. Working off of a three-year contract, our sister site Deadline reports, Bello will leave the series eight episodes into the coming season, which is penciled in to premiere sometime this fall.
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Bello’s previous TV credits include Goliath, Touch, Prime Suspect and ER.
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NCIS’ 17th season fell four episodes short due to the pandemic-related shutdown, and thus ended with Episode 20 guest-starring TVLine Performer of the Week Christopher Lloyd. Episode 21, which was two days away from production, is “probably what we will shoot first [whenever production resumes],” co-showrunner Frank Cardea told TVLine, while the one after that will mark the series’ 400th overall.
“We have a lot of flexibility to air the first five or six episodes [of Season 18] in any order we want,” Cardea noted, “but we will still shoot 400 as the second one and air it as the second one.” (Get details on the Episode 400 storyline.)
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