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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 would love to see a love interest again for McGee and bring back Vance's wife in this season. I'd also like to see more of Palmer being independent as a medical examiner as well.

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i love this show!!!! i was astounded by the ending of season 9, i am sitting on the edge waiting for season 10. i love mcgee and i hope ziva and tony finally get together, they have been through alot together and are perfect for each other. McGee, if he needs someone to come play his girlfriend, i totally will !!!!..... lmao, but seriously, no one can be replaced, NCIS wouldn't be the same. keep the show going forever!!!1 no more jamie lee curtis, she plays games with gibbs, i don't like it. bring back the coast guard, its hilarious!!!! and agent burley, lets see him more!!!!

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I love this show, and have for many years. I started watching the show when I was eight, and I won't say what season that was, cause even I don't know that. It killed me when my parents banned me from watching the show, but I eventually got them to let me again. Anyway, last summer I caught up on every episode, starting from season one, and throughout the laughs, the crying, and all the pain and love, I love the show even more. I first started watching because of Abby and her personality, but now I watch it for everything. I can't bear to watch another main character die after Kate, Jenny, and Mike. That was painful enough. I re-watch all the episodes whenever I can, and still get as emotional as I did the first time watching. I would hate to see this show end. Its amazing. Also, just because someone signed a contract for another year, doesn't mean they won't die. Many shows have them appear in flashbacks for the rest of the season or even another season just to fill in the time.

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Please get jamie lee and her crew cut out of my favorite show. Bring back holly snow for gibbs are the coast guard investigator.

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yes bring Jamie lee back..she adds some loving realality to Gibbs... I hope Tim comes back along with Tony and Abby...this show has to stay a family...its ok to add buy no no dont take away....thanks I have watched from the beginning a loyal fan too...have mug, sweater and ring tones....

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Why Ducky must be dead. sob... I hope whoever replace Ducky will be as good as him.

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Are we going to hear more about Abby's adoption and that storyline? So glad everyone is coming back. I've just been sat sobbing watching Ducky lying on the beach and yelling "NO NO NO NO!" Superb show. My initial reason for watching was Mark Harmon, but now I watch it for the quality and the show itself. Love it love it love it x

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NCIS is the best long running show on TV. All of the characters are what make it that way. They are all so different, from Gibbs stoic nature to Tony's self-centeredness. Each one makes the other one work. I hope they all stay together for a long time.

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i have LOVED all episodes of the NCIS approx. 210? shows & i know actors tire of repitition of same role- but THEY MUST STAY!! It's their own faults for weaving such an endearing charismatic show.Kate's and Mike's deaths were bad enough! No other losses PLEASE! All of the actors are terrific- Don't let Ducky(he's the one nearest my age)Abby,McGee, Tony, Palmer/ his bride,Gibb's dad
get killed! My favorite NCIS director was the first one who got promoted. Really prefer that blonde army investigator (Susan?) as a partner w/benefits for Gibbs. they had great chemistry.Great writers/ directors/
producers.Bellisario has great taste(JAG etc.) .NCIS is a jewel- hope it's on for another 10 years!

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This is by the far the best series I have ever watched in my life. Love all the characters in the series as well and I definitely would love to see all of them again. I would also like to tell the producers to keep continuing the series for its intensity is damn awesome. I have purchased all the DVD's that are available and will keep doing it. I would also love to see Tony express his true feeling for ziva, likewise for mcgee and abby...:P
But you never know for this is NCIS.

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