NCIS season premiere 2020: How to watch the first episode of season 18

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NCIS fans would usually be stuck into a new season of the popular crime procedural on CBS by this time of the year. However, season 18 has been delayed due to the outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19. Here’s everything fans need to know about how to watch the 2020 season premiere.

How to watch the NCIS season premiere 2020

The 18th season of NCIS is hotly anticipated by fans of the crime procedural drama.

Usually, new episodes air on CBS every year in September, marking the start of the season.

However, this year filming and production were delayed by the outbreak of the pandemic.

As a result, viewers have had to wait longer for the new season to be released.

CBS has now confirmed it will be available to watch in November 2020.

However, the exact date for the show’s release has not yet been confirmed.

When the episode launches, it will be on the cable channel CBS in the US.

Viewers will be able to catch it live in its usual Tuesday evening slot on the channel.

Those without cable access will instead be able to watch via the streaming service CBS All Access.

This is available for $5.99 (£4.50) with adverts and $9.99 (£7.60) without them in the US.

However, fans in the UK will be waiting a little while longer for the show to make it here.

The show airs on FOX UK, which is available with Sky subscriptions and via NOW TV.

No official release date has been given yet but it will likely begin airing a few months after the US.

Season 17 began in January 2020 after airing in September 2019.

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What will happen in NCIS season 18?

While no trailer and synopsis have been dropped yet for the new season of NCIS, plenty has been teased.

Fans already know the season will start with a backward time jump to around November/December 2019.

This will pick up on an episode in season 17 when Agent Leroy Gibbs (played by Mark Harmon) disappeared.

There will also be the much-discussed 400th episode, which will look at how Gibbs and Donald “Ducky” Mallard (David McCallum) first met.

As well as all of this, there is also the departure of Maria Bello’s Jack Sloane from the show.

Speaking to TV Line at the end of September, co-showrunner Frank Cardea revealed how they will approach this.

He said: “When we’re trying to figure out how to exit a character, one thing we always ask is: ‘What does that character deserve?’

“And the character of Sloane is a very strong character, and a passionate character, so we’re going to really have her go on something worthy of that.”

NCIS will return to CBS later this year.

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