'NCIS' Enlists Wilmer Valderrama as Season 14 Regular

Wilmer Valderrama - H 2015
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Wilmer Valderrama - H 2015

CBS' NCIS is adding a familiar face to its ranks for season 14.

Following the departure of co-star Michael Weatherly, TV's No. 1 drama has enlisted Wilmer Valderrama as a series regular.

Valderrama will play a once-grounded NCIS field agent who accepted a deep cover assignment years ago and never resurfaced. Many agents don’t know he’s still on the job or that he’s even alive. Now, he’s back and his dedication to job and country has left him an unpredictable, charismatic loose cannon.

“Wilmer Valderrama will be able to flex his dramatic, physical and comedic talents in this classic NCIS role,” executive producer Gary Glasberg said Thursday in a statement. “Fans are going to see him like they’ve never seen him before. This is going to be fun. We’re thrilled he’s coming aboard.”

The casting keeps Valderrama in the CBS family after his starring turn in military drama pilot Four Stars, which did not move forward. He most recently had an arc on ABC's Grey's Anatomy. Valderrama's credits include That '70s Show, Minority Report, Awake and From Dusk Till Dawn. He is repped by UTA, Silver Lining Entertainment and attorney Michael Gendler.

Weatherly exited NCIS after 13 seasons. He next returns to CBS this fall as the star of freshman drama Bull.