9:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'NCIS' Casts New Female Agent for Season 14
CBS' NCIS is bulking up ahead of Michael Weatherly's upcoming exit.
The veteran procedural has tapped Twilight and 24 alum Sarah Clarke to play Tess Monroe, a new FBI special agent, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Clarke will guest-star in the final two episodes of season 13, with the actress having an option to be promoted to series regular for season 14.
The character is described as a recent transfer from New York to D.C. who is quick-witted, tough and shrewd. A multiple divorcée who's as sexy as she is strong, Tess has no kids so she views her fellow agents as family. Beneath a no-nonsense shell, Tess has a big heart. She believes in honor and justice and doing what's right. And she'll fight to protect those values, and her team, with fierce determination and a tinge of sarcasm along the way.
"We feel so fortunate to have Sarah Clarke joining us to play Tess. I've been a fan of hers going back to 24 and more recently Bosch. She's a gifted actress, a total pro, and we can't wait to introduce her to our NCIS family and have some fun," NCIS showrunner Gary Glasberg said.
The actress, repped by Gersh and Levine Management, boards the drama as series star Weatherly is poised to exit NCIS after a 13-year run at season's end.