NCIS season 14 premieres this Tuesday, 20 September, at 8pm EST on CBS Network, without its Special Agent Tony DiNozzo (played by Michael Weatherly). Episode 1 is titled Rogue, which will introduce two new agents in the fold — special agent Alexandra "Alex" Quinn (played by Jennifer Esposito) and special agent Nicholas "Nick" Torres (played by Wilmer Valderrama).
The official synopsis for chapter 1 reads as follows:
The NCIS team investigates a deadly car explosion in D.C. that connects to Special Agent Nicholas "Nick" Torres (Wilmer Valderrama), who disappeared six months ago while on a deep undercover assignment in Argentina. Also, Gibbs asks NCIS Special Agent Alexandra "Alex" Quinn (Jennifer Esposito) to shadow his team after rejecting eight agents she instructed and referred for the open position, on the Season 14 premiere of NCIS.
The episode will pick up from where Tony exited in season 13 and Gibbs is still struggling to find someone worthy to claim DiNozzo's desk. According to showrunner Gary Glasberg, the premiere episode will mention the departed agent, DiNozzo.
Glasberg told TV Guide, "In the opening episode, there's mention, there's discussion [of Tony]. But people are very focused on moving forward and getting this new team established. And Gibbs falls right into that as well. He wants his team to be the strongest it can be, and the best it can be, and he's all about that from the minute he comes on screen."
The showrunner also spoke about Nick Torres's character and how he will fit into the NCIS family. He explained, "When you bring an agent back to the surface like that and ask them to integrate into the real world and into an office environment as themselves, it's a tremendous change. In the initial case that we deal with in the season opener, it's tricky because he's been deep for so long that it's like a diver coming back to the surface."
"It takes a while to adjust. ... Thrusting Torres into our NCIS world, into our family, is no easy task, and [he] comes at it with wit and humor and pathos and heart and fun, all the things that Wilmer is capable of," he added.