SANTA MONICA, CA - APRIL 06:  Actor David McCallum attends the 7th Annual American Red Cross Red Tie Affair at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel on April 6, 2013 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
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Here's How Much
NCIS Fans Can
Expect To See
Ducky In Season 20
According to IMDb, Ducky Mallard only appeared in four episodes of Season 19 and three in Season 18 as part of a gradual reduction in actor David McCallum's workload that began during Season 15. With Season 20 of "NCIS" set to kick off on September 19, just how much of Ducky should we expect in Season 20?
"NCIS" Executive Producer Steven D. Binder spoke to TV Insider about what viewers could expect to see in Season 20 and had some encouraging news for Ducky fans. When asked directly how often Dr. Mallard would appear in the upcoming season, Binder said, "I think it'll be probably about the same, possibly more."
He cited the need to write Mark Harmon's character off the show while introducing Jessica Knight and Alden Parker as a reason we didn't see much of Ducky in Season 19. Binder values the veteran actor's presence, saying, "I say to him all the time, 'you are this magical pixie dust, wherever we put you, you're just this magical being who elevates every scene he's in with that David McCallum gravitas.'”