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NCIS Season 10 Spoilers: What Comes Next

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The surprising, potentially tragic finale of NCIS Season 9 left lives at risk, the agency's offices destroyed, and 19 million viewers reeling. The repercussions of Dearing's terrorist plot were far-reaching, to say the least.

What can we expect next fall when NCIS returns for Season 10?

With so much up in the air, executive producer/showrunner Gary Glasberg discussed the fate of Ducky, who collapsed in the final seconds of "Til Death Do Us Part," what's next for Tiva, and much more from the finale.

Excerpts from Glasberg's chat with EW below:

Ducky on the Beach

On the "true" cliffhanger: "[It's] not the kind of thing you can do every year, but in this instance, we thought it was right and appropriate. We’ll pick things up with [Dearing] at the beginning of season 10."

"We'll wrap it up pretty quickly - we’ve done that before as well. It’ll probably get wrapped up in the first episode. And then we’ll get into a series of self-contained story lines after that."

On when NCIS Season 10 picks up: "I’ve been playing with this idea of picking up a few hours after we left off. And then somewhere around the middle of the episode, [jump ahead] and get us back into real time."

"This show has always sort of played itself in real time, so we’ll have to figure out a way for us to get us there, and I think I’ve come up with something."

On the fate of Ducky (and Palmer): "David [McCallum] and I talked about it for months, and he’s been preparing for it. He was absolutely 100 percent willing to play along, and we wanted to be very secretive about it and keep it under wraps, and it’s really going to give his character a new perspective on life coming back from what he experienced."

"I’m not going to play games with people. People know he signed a new contract and he is coming back, so it’ll be more about the way the character evolves and the fact that he’s got Palmer there to help him."

"As a medical examiner who deals with the dead, and deals with death on a daily basis, to have an experience like that is significant. And we’ll play that throughout the season.

DiNozzo and David

On what's next for Tony and Ziva: "I wanted to make sure there was at least one Tony/Ziva moment in the finale and I think that it provided that. The only other thing I’ll say is that it was no accident to put them in the elevator together in the end. So, we’ll have to see where that picks up with them in the season opener."

On the team's wedding gifts: "Having this team work together as a family is so important to us and it’s really important to the fans. I wanted to make sure that that moment was there - I didn’t want to rob people of the chance to experience some of the wedding, even though we weren’t going to see our people attending it."

"So the thought was to create that little moment in the squad room where we could see them interact as family members. And I hope it was successful. It was a nice little moment for everybody and the gifts were hopefully indicative of who they are. So I’m glad it came through."

On Scott Wolf's role in the finale: "I was really pleased with the way that arc progressed ... it was done in a way that only someone like Scott could pull off. He started off as sort of the standard villain but developed all kinds of complexity as the season went on into this fantastic moment of redemption for himself."

On the (possible) return of Jamie Lee Curtis: "We started playing around with this mysterious background of her ex-husband, from the get go in Season 9. We’ll have to see where it takes us and how it unfolds."

"The beauty of NCIS is that we can step away from a character for a very long time and revisit it down the road. That was very much a goodbye that happened between Ryan and Gibbs, and we’ll have to see how things unfold when we might be able to see her again."

UPDATES, 6/11-8/31:

  • Rocky Carroll (Vance) will be back this fall, having signed a new contract, as will Brian Dietzen (Palmer), who just earned a long-overdue promotion to series regular.
  • Michael Weatherly, Sean Murray and Pauley Perrette have all SIGNED NEW DEALS for Season 10, and beyond; they came to terms on two-year contracts in July.
  • Tony and Ziva will open the season trapped in the elevator ... by design.
  • Glasberg says the show may take things further with Tiva this season.
  • Robert Wagner and Daniel Luis Rivas will return as guest stars in the fall.
  • Billy Dee Williams has booked a guest role as a friend of Gibbs and his dad.
  • Jamie Lee Curtis is not coming back in the premiere or foreseeable future.
  • A psychiatrist will examine the team in the second episode of the season.
  • Palmer will step in as acting medical examiner after Ducky's heart attack.
  • Here are the first photos of the Season 10 opener, "Extreme Prejudice."
  • The first sneak peek of the episode is out! Check out the new footage!

UPDATE, 9/11:

Aside from obvious relief at the revelation that everyone will be back, what do you think these hints entail for next season? Share your thoughts on the finale, and NCIS Season 10, in the comments!

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Please can you tell me when Season 10 NCIS starts in the UK? I dont have Sky, or anything like that, but have a Freeview box, and am desperate not to miss the beginning of S.10. Many thanks : )

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can anyone tell if the rumour I heard is true???
Is gibbs first wife Shannon and daughter Kelly alive in season 10?????

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Hi all, Just to say, please do not stop this series. It makes such a change to watch something you can really get into and feel as if you are an agent yourself taking note of all the evidence and giving the killer his/her just deserves! I am a fan and you could say my family know. It was my birthday last Monday and I had the pleasure of getting an NCIS cake! Black with a yellow 'Crime Scene Keep Out' icing ribbon around and signed by all the team.

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"Jamie Lee Curtis is not coming back in the premiere or foreseeable future" THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! I was so scared she was coming back but thank god she isn't, JLC is a great actress and all but ryan sucked really bad, god that is such a relief that she's not coming back , you rule guys!!!

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Hi, where can i get season 10 of ncis, as love the series

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when in ncis due in the uk

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Well I wish that Ziva woulf end up pregnant with Tony's baby for some reason.I mean yes I know it most likely will not happen but I can hope right?Anyway I wish that Tony and Ziva would hook up already.To me I do not get the whole smash two names together like people have done to get Tiva but I do love the idea of Tony and Ziva together. It would be cool if one night Tony and Ziva 'hook' up and Ziva ends up pregnant and tells Tony,Tony tells Ziva that he loves her and they work things out. I think it would be funny as H**l to see Ziva running after Tony with either a knife(fake of course) or a stapler if she became pregnant with his kid.Tony yelling for Gibbs to help but all Gibbs does is sit at his desk and laughs or something!!

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When is season 10 of NCIS due back on UK tv please? Thank You

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O.m.g.dont think I can wait much longer for Gibbs and gang to get back,soo love n.c.i.s,I love the way they all jell together,even named my new bike leroy and my dog called jethro plz hurry back.x

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NCIS is absolutely the best. Have only been watching since found it in 2011, but have purchased all 9 seasons dvds to watch over & over...always see something I missed, and just love to see certain scenes again & again...
E.g. when Tony was hot on the she-male killer, or when he broke out laughing demonically when he saw a pic of Kate in a wet t-shirt on the wall at a Mexican cantina while on Spring Break. And so many others. We were so happy to see everyone survived season 9 finale...the scene of Ducky on the beach made me want to cry. David McCallum is a wonderful actor...a real treasure. And all of the characters are memorable, and necessary...except Jamie Lee Curtis...sorry, just too much like a dominatrix.
Though she did the most erotic pole dance in True Lies...a classic scene! I hope Ziva will get her edge back...we enjoy seeing her kick ass the bad guys or girls. One last note...didn't like the ending of the season opener. It was an execution vs a fight..."death by cop". Dearing was a bad guy, and deserved to die, but it was too cold for Gibbs, even though he was avenging his NCIS family.

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