NCIS star Wilmer Valderrama sends fans into meltdown with season 18 news: ‘Not a drill!’

NCIS season 18 cannot come soon enough for fans of the CBS crime drama after the last series was brought to an abrupt close. Now, Nick Torres star Wilmer Valderrama has sent his social media following into a frenzy with news about the upcoming run.

The last season on NCIS was brought to an improptu close earlier this year as CBS aired just 20 of its initial 24-episode run. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, ‘The Arizona’ was the last episode of NCIS to air, meaning fans missed out on the highly-anticipated 400th episode as well as being left in the dark as to when production could even resume on the crime drama. However, the wait for filming is over as Wilmer Valderrama shared some exciting news on his Instagram page.
Nick’s proved himself not only to be a fan-favourite among CBS viewers in recent years, but also an integral part to Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and his team.

In the most recent season, Torres pulled through a near death experience after a bone-crushing hit and run as well as cemented himself and Ellie Bishop (Emily Wickersham) as one of the show’s most popular pairings.

And while the likes of Jack Sloane (Maria Bello) may be leaving, Torres will be back to reunite with the team in season 18.

To get fans excited, alongside a photo of himself in character as Nick Torres, Wilmer had an announcement for his 1.8million followers.


“We have a start date…” the NCIS star began. “This is not a drill ladies and caballeros.

“Season 18, #NCIS and your boy #NickTorres back on your TVs soon! More to come.”

While Wilmer didn’t detail the exact date for filming to resume, Deadline reports production will begin on September 9.

NCIS: Los Angeles has reportedly been given the all clear to return to production on September 3 as the likes of Sam Hanna (LL Cool J) and G Callen (Chris O’Donnell) reunite.
“We have a start date…” the NCIS star began. “This is not a drill ladies and caballeros.

“Season 18, #NCIS and your boy #NickTorres back on your TVs soon! More to come.”

While Wilmer didn’t detail the exact date for filming to resume, Deadline reports production will begin on September 9.

NCIS: Los Angeles has reportedly been given the all clear to return to production on September 3 as the likes of Sam Hanna (LL Cool J) and G Callen (Chris O’Donnell) reunite.

Within moments of making the announcement, NCIS’ Wilmer quickly found himself inundated with comments from excited fans.

“IT’S HAPPENING, IT’S REALLY HAPPENING,” commented one excitable fan.

A second pleaded: “FINALLY (please please please give us more info, you can’t just say stuff like this and expect me to be ok).”

“Best message of the day,” added a third while a fourth weighed in: “Let’s Gooo!”
What exactly lies ahead for Torres in season 18 is shrouded in secrecy, as are many spoilers for the upcoming episodes.

However, there are one or two details about the next series of NCIS fans do know.

Timothy McGee’s (Sean Murray) wife Delilah Harding (Margo Harshman) will be making an overdue return to screens after a season-long absense in season 17.

There’s also the departure of fan-favourite and Gibbs’ close confidant Jack Sloane to deal with.
It was announced earlier this year Bello had decided to leave after her three-year contract on the show was up.

As such, Sloane will be departing – and there are a number of theories as to how she’ll bid farewell.

Given the circumstances surrounding the exits of so many NCIS favourites before her, a number of fans are predicting Sloane could die.

Or could her daughter Faith (Kate Hamilton) hold the key to her exit?