NCIS’ Fornell is expected to return to the show after Brian Dietzen confirmed his return.
The hit CBS procedural series NCIS gave viewers an inside look at the high-profile cr1m1nal cases investigated by the Naval Cr1m1nal Investigative Service’s agents. With the show now in its 19th season, viewers will soon see the return of Agent Fornell (played by Joe Spano) in upcoming episodes.
Agent Fornell quickly became a fan favorite after his first appearance in the pilot episode.
In season 15, he was fired from the FBI after former Special Agent in Charge Leroy Gibbs testified against him (Mark Harmon).
Despite this, their friendship was rekindled when Gibbs sought Fornell’s help when his daughter’s life was in danger.
However, after a traumatic season 18, he announced his departure from the series.
But, fortunately for fans, Fornell will be making a comeback.
Matt from TV Lines got an inside scoop on the upcoming episodes of NCIS, which confirmed Spano’s return.
“When I spoke with Brian Dietzen, he said we’ll ‘definitely’ see Joe Spano again this season as Fornell,” it said.
Although he wasn’t a regular cast member, his appearances often piqued fans’ interest because they knew his investigative skills would help solve a difficult case.
However, with Gibbs’ departure, things are likely to be different because the two were good friends and Fornell would return whenever he needed him.
They also had an unusual connection in that they were both married to cr1m1nal investigator Diane Sterling (Melinda McGraw).
Diane and Fornell had a daughter, Emily Fornell (Juliette Angela), who d1ed in season 18.
She had struggled with drug addiction over the years and d1ed from an overdose in the episode titled ‘Winter Chill.’
Emily’s d3ath also left a huge void in Gibbs’ life, whom she regarded as a second father.
Fornell, who became a private investigator, made his final appearance in the episode ‘Nearly Departed.’
During the tense episode, while the team was trying to find the serial k1ller Gibbs was looking for, he decided to confront his grief head-on by attending a support group with Dr Jimmy Palmer (Brian Dietzen).
Jimmy also suffered a tremendous loss in Season 18 when his wife Breena Palmer (Michelle Pierce) d1ed of C0V1D 19.
Dietzen, who co-wrote the most recent episode in which his character and Kasie Hines (Diona Reasonover) contracted a d3adly biotoxin, broke the news of Spano’s return as Fornell.
Dietzen discussed his transition to becoming a writer on the show in an interview with Entertainment Tonight.
“I’ve been very, very fortunate to write a few different things, some feature films I co-wrote and some short films, I’ve always been interested in it and I’ve been doing NCIS,” he explained.
“We’re now in our 19th season, so obviously I’ve been playing Jimmy Palmer for a long time.”
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