New NCIS Season 16 To Feature Very Significant Changes With The NCIS Team
Happy Monday NCIS fans. We hope you guys had a great weekend. We’re back at you with one more huge, brand new report for the upcoming season 16 before it finally debuts tomorrow night, September 25, 2018. The folks over at Newsweek.com got a chance to talk to Diona Reasonover who plays new character Kasie Hines on the show, and she revealed some very interesting, new details that we can expect to see in the new, 16th season of NCIS.
As most of you recall, Diona Reasonover’s Kasie character debuted on the show last season as a recurring graduate student that was helping out the chief medical examiner Donald “Ducky” Mallard with his book. However, her extensive forensic background allowed her to come on and help out the NCIS team when Abby left.
Over the summer, Kasie’s character was bumped up to a season regular. Diona revealed that she cried a lot when she first got the news of her character’s promotion. She stated, “I was definitely trying to put my best scientific foot forward. So, when I found out I actually got it, I pretty much just cried a bunch and called my mom.”
During their interview, Diona revealed that we’re going to see quite a few significant changes take place with the NCIS team in season 16. They’re going to show us a new side to them that we’ve never seen before as they go on the intense hunt for Director Vance who has been kidnapped. And , of course, they will also be trying to adjust to Abby Sciuto’s replacement character Kasie Hines.
The first thing Diona talked about was how eager her new character Kasie will be to help out the NCIS crew when everyone starts scrambling. We’re also going to see the NCIS team take their efforts to new heights that we’ve never seen before when they try to track down Director Vance who’s been kidnapped.
Diona explained, “Kasie is a great team player, and so she’s in it. When she sees all these people scrambling, all she’s going to do is throw herself in there and say, ‘How can I help?’ You’ll see the team in a new light. When one of their own is taken, I think it really kicks them into a new level of high gear.”
Newsweek also pointed out that season 16 will feature a timeline jump in the storyline to start things off. It’s about a one month time jump. Diona revealed that we’re going to see a new side to Gibbs’ leadership. She stated, “Gibbs is a real leader, and you’ll get to see his leadership in a new way. Because Kasie is still pretty new here, she’s still learning all the various sides of everybody. Not just Gibbs. So, for her, it might be a little bit like, ‘Oh, maybe this is how it is.’”
Even though Kasie is busy at work with the NCIS crew, Diona revealed that Kasie will never be too busy for Ducky. She’s sure that Kasie and Ducky’s relationship will never diminish. Diona told them, “Kasie is never going to be too busy for Ducky. I think one of the coolest parts of the way Kasie was introduced was Ducky. David is such a wonderful actor to work with. He’s such a wealth of knowledge and talent. I don’t think we’re ever going to lose that relationship.”
Kasie will also get along well with Ducky’s former assistant and medical examiner for NCIS Jimmy Palmer while Ducky is away on sabbatical. Diona said of Jimmy and Ducky, “I like to call us the Glasses Crew. Now that I think about it, Kasie gets along well with everybody who wears glasses because she’s also friends with Ducky.”
Diona pointed out that there’s going to be a moment where agent McGee ends up calling Kasie Abby because the team will still be trying to adjust to Abby being gone. Diona explained, “We get a chance to see McGee Sean Murray accidentally call Kasie Abbs, and it’s not about warming up to her so much as it’s a shift. It’s a new person. We’re going to have to watch the team just like we saw Sean have that really beautiful moment where he realized that his friend wasn’t necessarily working there anymore.”
It turns out that Kasie is going to prove to be quite resilient when she gets tested a bit this season. Diona stated, “I was surprised to learn how resilient Kasie is. She’s going to be put to the test a little bit. This is a whole new situation for her, coming in as a grad student.
Obviously, she’s very knowledgeable, but I don’t know if she’s really had the opportunity up until now to really get a chance to shine in these crunch time moments. We’ll get to watch what it’s like for a person joining a team for the first time. A team that’s really working really well together, and a team that’s pretty well established.”
Diona revealed that we’ll get to see a little bit of her own personality shine through the Kasie role. They’re both a little awkward when they first meet people and so on and so forth. Diona explained, “I’m getting a chance to come in with these seasoned actors and this seasoned crew who all know how the show works well, and you’ll get to see a little bit of me in Kasie.
Kasie and I both have a little bit of awkwardness when you first meet us which because I have it in real life with people, I do love to play it on screen. I just think those are the real, true human interactions we have. When someone is just maybe a little bit nervous or a little bit out of their comfort zone in a new situation.”
So, there you have it guys. Expect to see a couple of new, intense and very interesting changes to the NCIS team this season. Again, the new season 16 is scheduled to start up tomorrow night, September 25, 2018 at approximately 7 pm central standard time on CBS. Stay tuned. Also, be sure to follow us on our NCIS Facebook page for more NCIS news by Clicking Here.