A Replacement for Abby? ‘NCIS’ Upgrades Diona Reasonover to Series Regular

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Has Pauley Perrette‘s replacement already been found?

NCIS has promoted actress Diona Reasonover — who plays forensic scientist Kasie Hines — to a series regular role as the procedural drama prepares for Season 16, according to Deadline. Hines was Ducky’s (David McCallum) graduate assistant and then filled in for Abby Sciuto (Perrette) when she exited in Episode 22.

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Reasonover was first introduced to fans in Season 15’s 17th episode, and she later appeared in the final two episodes of the season. She’s previously held roles on Girl Meets World, Grace and Frankie, and Superstore.

Perrette exited the series in May after 15 years on the CBS procedural. “I believe in God and the universe so firmly, and it just suddenly became blindingly apparent that now was the time [to leave],” the actress told us at the time. “After a lot of thought, I decided to announce it myself on Twitter because I didn’t want it to be turned into anything ‘shocking.'”

After her exit, there was a lot of fan speculation over who would fill Abby’s combat boots, with Reasonover as one of the more obvious choices. So it makes sense that this announcement is coming now. Can’t wait to see what’s to come for Kasie next!

NCIS, Season 16 Premiere, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 8/7c, CBS