© by Gerald So | 7:30 a.m.
Pauley Perrette, who has played NCIS's forensic scientist Abby Sciuto all fifteen seasons, announced yesterday this will be her final season on the show. Her decision to leave dates back to last season. Showrunners George Schenk and Frank Cardea knew of it, and are planning an appropriate send-off.
In its long run, NCIS has had its share of departures, most notably cast members Sasha Alexander, Michael Weatherly, and Cote de Pablo, and creator Don Bellisario. Abby is probably the character most representative of the show, though, and may be the most difficult to fill in for. To pull that off would be some feat, but it's also an accomplishment that Abby is both goth and serious scientist and has been more or less embraced from the start.
Thank you, Pauley, and best of look on future projects.