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'NCIS: LA' Will Have New Full-Time Star After "Nell" & "Eric" Exits

NCIS: LA: Expect To See More Of THIS Star After Season 12 Finale Exits

NCIS: L.A. has upgraded a new star to series regular for next season. Following the stunning departures of "Nell" (Renée Felice Smith) and "Eric" (Barrett Foa) in the season 12 finale, fans will now see more of "Admiral Kilbride" (Gerald McRaney) in season 13. Here's what we know so far.

NCIS: L.A. is moving forward after the exits of "Nell" and "Eric."

In the season 12 finale, actors Renée Felice Smith and Barrett Foa both left NCIS: L.A. But the series is filling the void left by the longtime stars, and we now know that "Admiral Kilbride" will have a larger role in season 13.

NCIS: LA season 13 cast: "Adm. Kilbride" actor a series regular

On Wednesday, Deadline reported that actor Gerald McRaney, who plays "Adm. Kilbride," will be a series regular in NCIS: L.A. season 13.

McRaney has appeared as "Adm. Kilbride" dating back to season 6. But the former Simon & Simon actor was seen more frequently in NCIS: L.A. season 12, and he's now been upgraded to full-time status.

"Adm. Kilbride" was also wounded in the season but pulled through. You can expect to see more of the developing fan-favourite come next season.

NCIS: Los Angeles: More "Hetty" next season too?

With the exit of "Nell," it also appears likely that fans will see more of "Hetty" (Linda Hunt) in season 13 as well.

After the season 12 finale aired, the showrunner confirmed that "Hetty"—whose role was reduced this season—will be back and seen more regularly next year. Actress Linda Hunt had only been away for safety reasons amid the pandemic.

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NCIS: L.A. Season 13 News: Linda Hunt "Hetty" Update

NCIS: L.A. aired its season 12 finale last month and will enter season 13 this fall. Watch for more "Hetty" and "Adm. Kilbride" next season!