10/4/17

Is This The End of NCIS? Pauly Perrette leaving show after Season 15!


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When Cote De Pablo left NCIS, the fans were shook. We had fallen in love with Ziva David and we weren't the only ones. Not long after De Pablo's exit, we said goodbye to Michael Weatherly. The departure of Tony DiNozzo, who wasn't just Ziva's lover, but also a integral partner to McGee, and the rest of the cast, was NOT an easy pill to swallow. To make matters worse, we have to now see him following NCIS every Tuesday and it feels like some sort of scheduled visitation (sorry, I don't watch BULL).




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Then there was the introduction of Jennifer Esposito as a series regular. Unfortunately we learned over the summer that Alex Quinn, wasn't staying long as Esposito chose to leave the show after only a year. What drives me nuts about Quinn's departure is that even two episodes in, her absence hasn't even been addressed. It's starting to feel like the famous elevator on NCIS has been replaced with a revolving door.


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Now, we learn of another departure. One that in my opinion, questions whether the show can continue. Pauly Perrette has announced that this year, season 15 of NCIS, will indeed, be her final season. How will NCIS solve crimes without their beloved Abby Sciuto?!!? I mean yes, they can get a new body to work the lab, but her character cannot be replaced. Will this close the door on the forensic element of the show? Law & Order SVU used to feature plenty of scenes with Melinda their medical examiner, and Dr. Wong the psych doctor, but after they left the show, those offices seemed to close.
 
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Perrette is a veteran of NCIS, having been with the show since it began in 2003. It's challenging when original characters leave. It always leads me to the question of how long a show can continue without them. I'll go back to Law & Order SVU because it's a good example. In this case, it's easier to say who remains rather than who has left the show: Benson and Tutuola. That's it. Everyone else has gone. Although the show barely looks like what it started as, it still works. The new team is good (not as great as the originals, but good) and after 19 seasons (!!), it's inevitable that some actors will part ways with a project. After 15 seasons of NCIS, we're seeing that to be the case there as well.


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Grey's Anatomy is another show that makes me question longevity after enough original characters depart. We're now in Season 14 of this show and I believe that there are four original characters remaining (correct me if I'm wrong, I'm not fully awake yet). We've seen a LOT of characters come and go over the years of drama, chaos and carnage, but none really got to me until the departure of Yang. I really believe that it was a turning point for the show and then when Derek died, that was even worse (and tbh he wasn't even a character I liked all that much...). It threatened the entire foundation of the show in a way, and while I still watch now, it often feels like I'm watching an entirely different show. I guess in some ways we are, but it *is* possible for a show to drift too much from it's origins. Shows can evolve and changes happen over the years, but when does a show become too different to realistically continue? Is that a thing or can they continue on with an entirely new set of characters? If Gibbs, or Benson, or Grey were to leave their respective shows, could their worlds continue on without them??

I often wonder when a show should end. It's difficult to say when it's a show that you like, but sometimes you can definitely see warning signs that continuing will be more painful than moving on. 2 Broke Girls is a great example of that. The show was great in its beginning, but the writing just deteriorated and made it hard to watch. How does NCIS continue without Ms. Abby Sciuto? What happens to her character?? Will they kill her off or let her leave under good terms? Who runs the lab?? I'm not sure what happens to the show following her departure. While I don't think it has to be the end, I can't picture how it continues without her. Abby brings a warmness to a world overrun by darkness and gruesome crimes. She comforts the team, while also talking some sense into them. Who will fill that void. While I do like the rest of the cast, I don't think anyone else really has that depth (with the exception of Ducky). Does that just disappear with our beloved Abby?

I really have a hard time understanding why actors decide to leave a show with so many years of success, but I can respect it (ish... come on , I'm a fan!!) and try to understand it. I wish Pauly nothing but the best in whatever she takes on following NCIS. She created a character I will truly miss. Oh,... and what happens to Bert!?!?

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