NCIS is about to begin its incredible 20th season on CBS. We know who the main cast members are, and we’ve heard rumors about Michael Weatherly’s agent Tony DiNozzo possibly returning (which would be a desperate move, if you ask us). But Weatherly isn’t the only former cast member who could make a comeback. Despite the fact that the actress stated that she would never return, fans want Pauley Perrette’s Abby Sciuto to return to NCIS, but it’s unlikely to happen for one major reason.
The producer of ‘NCIS’ teases Pauley Perrette’s return as Abby Sciuto.
Beginning with the first episode of NCIS, Mark Harmon played agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, but his character was k1lled off early in season 19. While other actors came and went, Harmon’s Gibbs remained a constant.
Some actors have returned through mentions or archive footage, while others, such as Cote de Pablo’s Ziva David, have returned for a story arc years later. Steven D. Binder, the producer of NCIS, expressed a desire to pay homage to Perrette’s Abby Sciuto.
“I’d like to begin [involving] Abby’s character as well.” Binder told TV Line, “I’d like to start feeling her [presence] a little more.” “I thought we were a little slow in doing that, but there are so many moving parts.” But she’s still out there fighting the good fight and keeping an eye on us, and she’s a part of us, and we’re a part of her.”
As much as Binder wishes it, Perrette’s return to NCIS for a story arc or guest appearance is unlikely.
One major impediment to Pauley Perrette’s return to ‘NCIS’ is Mark Harmon.
Perrette portrayed forensic scientist Abby Sciuto on the NCIS team for 15 seasons, beginning with the first season in 2003. Her exit from the show occurred under less-than-ideal circumstances.
Working on a scripted drama for 15 years isn’t easy, but the working conditions on NCIS didn’t make it any easier. Perrette chastised Harmon and CBS for contributing to an unsafe workplace. According to her, Harmon’s dog bit a crew member, making Perrette feel unsafe on set. Following the dog bite incident, the actors did not appear on screen together.
Binder would like to see Perrette reprise her role as Abby, but Harmon remains an impediment.
Harmon’s character may have left the show, but he remains an executive producer on NCIS, a position he’s held since 2008, according to IMDb. He has a lot of creative control behind the scenes as an EP. Perrette was a long-time fan of the show, but she publicly chastised Harmon for creating an unsafe environment, which influenced her decision to leave NCIS. Unless Perrette and Harmon have quietly patched things up, it’s difficult to imagine Harmon, as NCIS executive producer, being okay with Perrette returning as Abby in any way, even if it’s just a passing reference.
Another stumbling block in Perrette’s return to NCIS? The fact that she left Hollywood a few years after the show ended. That rules out a guest appearance, and Harmon is unlikely to approve archive footage of Perrette or mentions of Abby. Put them all together, and Perrette’s chances of returning to NCIS are slightly higher than 0%.
Perrette maintains friendships with some of her former co-stars.
Harmon and Perrette appear to be inseparable, but she remains friendly with some of her former co-stars.
According to a Twitter photo she shared, Perrette and Brian Dietzen (Jimmy Palmer) found time to catch up over the summer before filming for NCIS Season 20 began. Perrette revealed that she and Weatherly remained friends after she defended him after a co-star accused him of sexual harassment.
She maintains friendships with some of her former co-stars, but Harmon is a major impediment to Pauley Perrette’s rumored NCIS return.
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