• New season of NCIS
  • This is how the late David McCallum is remembered
  • This episode will be very emotional

The creators of 'NCIS' have officially announced their intention to commemorate one of their cherished, long-standing characters in the upcoming season. The late actor David McCallum, who passed away on September 25 at the age of 90, will be honored in a dedicated episode.

Hot news:

'NCIS' honors David McCallum

According to 'TVLine,' the second episode of the upcoming season of 'NCIS' is confirmed to be a tribute to the late actor. Brian Dietzen (46), who has portrayed "Dr. Jimmy Palmer," the protegé of "Ducky," since the first season, is actively participating as a co-writer for the episode. This highlights the profound connection within the cast.

Co-showrunners and executive producers Steven D. Binder and David North said in an exclusive statement: "Everyone at 'NCIS' felt it was important to do an episode that honors such a legendary actor, not to mention a dear friend."

The duo further revealed that the team will learn of "Ducky's" passing in the episode and reflect on their memories of him as they grieve. "And true to "Ducky"s meticulous and compassionate nature, even after he’s gone, he still manages to solve one last crime with the team.”

'NCIS': Will former stars return for the reunion?

The producers have chosen to remain tight-lipped about any potential guest appearances or returning characters that have been the subject of speculation. However, they have underscored the presence of a highly emotional and special moment, encouraging viewers not to miss this poignant tribute.

More 'NCIS' news:


"Gibbs", "Vance" and "Shepard" starred together before!

'NCIS': Did You Know These Cast Members Starred Together On Another Show?

Being the sole surviving original cast member following the departure of lead actor Mark Harmon (72) at the commencement of season 19, McCallum left an enduring and significant mark.

The producers paid tribute to David McCallum on his death: "For over 20 years, David McCallum endeared himself to audiences around the world playing the wise, quirky, and sometimes enigmatic, "Dr. Donald ‘Ducky’ Mallard." But as much as his fans may have loved him, those who worked side by side with David loved him that much more …. From Day 1, it was an honor to work with him and he never let us down. He was, quite simply, a legend."