Jennifer Esposito is returning to the CBS fold. The former Blue Bloods star, who was let go from the Tom Selleck fronted procedural in 2012, has joined the cast of NCIS as a series regular for its fourteenth season, TVWise has learned.
She will play Alexandra “Alex” Quinn, an experienced NCIS agent who left field work and became an instructor at FLETC. Gibbs will lure her back into the field as part of his team, where he will take advantage of her sharp wit, quick mind and immense talent as a federal agent.
“We couldn’t be happier to have Jennifer Esposito joining us for season 14,” said NCIS showrunner and Executive Producer Gary Glasberg. “She embodies everything that we hoped for in the character of Quinn and we can’t wait to have her come be a part of our team.”
Additionally, Duane Henry, who guest starred towards the end of season thirteen, has been promoted to series regular status. Henry plays Clayton Reeves, an intelligence officer with the U.K.’s Secret Intelligence Service, better known as MI6. He rose above his blue-collar roots to become a successful British government agent.
Duane Henry was one of two additions to season 13, with a view to becoming a regular down the road. The second such cast addition, Sarah Clarke as Tess Monroe, is not having her option picked up. Both Henry and Jennifer Esposito’s characters are designed to fill the void left the departure of Michael Weatherly, who exited the hit CBS procedural at the end of last season after playing Tony Dinozzo since the two-part back-door pilot episode on JAG in 2003