Something that's been painful to watch (for me, personally) is watching the two episodes that are leading up to the leaving of NCIS Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo. When you spend a significant amount of time watching a show long enough, and you get used to a certain cast of characters, it becomes cemented to you emotionally that that is the way that show is going to be, no matter what else happens from week to week. And once a potential change comes along to threaten what you enjoy so much about that show, it gets looked at as a threat. And once that happens, obviously, who knows how the viewers (yourself as well as who knows how many others who watch the show) can or might react to a sudden change. I started watching "NCIS" back in '04 or '05, so I remember very clearly when Special Agent Kate Todd was killed by the rogue Mossad Officer Ari Haswari (Feel free to boo and hiss at the memory of Ziva David's half-brother. Come on, you know you want to! I am!) which led the way to fans being introduced to the great Ziva David, who would seemingly become a more permanent character in the show. But then, when she suddenly left after eight years with absolutely no reason, it created a lot of tension among Ziva fans, which went from confused to mad to seriously demented. And although there have been such polls by fans to see if they could possibly strong-arm CBS into writing episodes that would involve her return, Cote de Pablo has made herself clear in the past that she would not return to the show that gave her a career, no matter what anyone thinks.
And ever since last year, when various rumors plagued the internet regarding the ideas of different characters who were supposedly leaving the show, only one rumor has been proven to be true. And it has managed to shake the NCIS fan base all the way to its core. We'll talk about the other rumors soon enough, but for now let's look at the one that is true: the ending of the Anthony DiNozzo era.
Where does somebody start, when having to imagine the idea of an episode without "The Man of 1,000 McGee-Nicknames"? It's going to be very strange for a lot of people, myself included, and it's a good question as to how I'm going to react toward the first episodes without DiNozzo. Although after having seen the potential "new DiNozzo" Clayton Reeves (played by newcomer Duane Henry), I can see him being part of the show, even though the change will still take time to accept, vet and become comfortable with. Of course some period of depression will occur for a time, until you actually reach the comfort one you need to feel that nothing about the show has changed. It is as it was, no great earthquakes took place, time did not shift, reality didn't fracture and break into a thousand pieces, all will be as it was to be. And at this point, I really hate sounding like a hippie fresh from a court-ordered rehab stint or some tenth-rate infomercial self-help guru. (Ewww, I hate those guys!)
If Clayton Reeves happens to work out, he would be the first British NCIS agent, coming to them from MI6. And it wouldn't be the first time someone came from overseas to join. Ziva was from Tel Aviv, remember? Something that people might do is judge badly that it would potentially be something like "NCIS Meets Sherlock Holmes", which isn't even fair to a character who's only one had one episode under his belt at the moment. And there are similarities between Reeves and DiNozzo already; they both like to joke around, showing that Reeves has a sense of humor. And on such a show as "NCIS", he would have to have one; it's one of the great things about it all. And that goes a long way on a show like this, not that it doesn't take investigating crimes seriously. But a good joke can help pass some tough moments. But something that will be helpful is that Reeves knows his job already, although he's a young agent with room to grow. But DiNozzo had a lot of that himself, so he won't be someone who is altogether unfamiliar.
Whereas Clayton Reeves is meant to be the new DiNozzo, the other agent is Tess Monroe, an FBI agent who's been around the block a long time and has little use for the normal inner-office cut-ups. Something else that's uncomfortable about this is that she was originally intended to be a female Gibbs. At the time that this was intended, the story that was understood at the time was that Mark Harmon was talking seriously about retiring, and that prompted a lot of response from familiar tv circles. Not too long afterward, there were reports saying that more cast members were leaving; specifically Ducky Mallard and Ellie Bishop. Seeing as how I never liked Bishop to start with, I would have been more than happy to see her leave as it is, so it's no loss to me. I don't like blondes anyway. (I'm stuck with two for sisters, ok?) The one that concerned me was the idea of Ducky leaving, with him being one of the original cast as well, and I've gotten so used to him over the years, like a favorite uncle in the family. But, according to different articles, Harmon agreed to stay on the show(I guess he got over his mid-life crisis or whatever). David McCallum agreed to stay on as Ducky for another season provided his health held up. Could Dr. Cyril Taft be his replacement in the future? McCallum is 82, after all, and doing remarkably well for that. But for now, the waiting is what we'll have to do in order to see how it goes for the show and everybody involved with it.