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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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I am so looking forward to the episodes! Please don't kill Ducky off or any of the cast members,they make such a good combination. Just leave them alone and let them continue to do their thing which is to make NCIS very enjoyable to watch.

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Please don't kill off Ducky or any of the cast! They are so perfect together. To get rid of one would certainly a drop in viewers,trust me! I love this show and can hardly wait for the new episodes to start.

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I am glad to se e ncis coming back with cast in tact. I would like to see an episode or two shot in western canada. It would be nice to see some canadian singers like Jann Arden, Larence Gowan, Kim Mitchell and Amanda Marshell on the show to show some of the talent canada has too offer.

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I love the show and can hardley wait to see season 10!! I want Ducky back too..

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I love this show, love Mark Harmon cant wait for the new season to start. I am glad Ducky will be back.

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i am tired of Tony's childish behavior, but liked him in episodes where he was allowed to be more serious. I enjoyed the by-play between Jamie Lee Curtis and Mark Harmon, a couple of grown-ups.

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The only thing I've been able to think about all summer is what's going to happen with Tiva in the elevator. The finale was absolutely fantastic, and so are these spoilers. I just really hope that the writers finally realized how long us fans have been waiting for that Tiva-kiss, and that they will provide us with that in the first episode. It would just be so awesome to follow a long development of their relationship throughout the show.

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NCIS is a fantastic show.. All of the characters/actors/staff do a fantastic job. It's a feel-good series. I love all of the characters just as they are. It's fun how they all get along even though their personalities are so very different. That's what makes the world go round. I'm glad they are pursuing the Tony/Ziva love interest more. Also, I wasn't too excited about Jamie Lee Curtis being Gibbs's love interest. Please don't change this show in any way. It keeps getting better and better. Thank you CBS for bringing it to us.. It brings us all such joy.

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N.C.I.S. Brilliant show looking forward to series 10.
Leave Jamie Lee Curtis in show her relationship with Gibbs makes him more human.

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Jamie Lee is perfect as the love interest for Gibbs. She is strong enough to match him and peel back his layers and allow him to evolve. Great choice! Pls bring her back. As for changing Tony & Abby.... why? We know Tony just covers his insecurity & Abby has always been quirky. To continue to get better year after year is not an easy task. Well done and keep it up.

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