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‘NCIS’ Prequel Series Featuring Younger Version of Mark Harmon’s Character Ordered at CBS

‘NCIS’ Prequel Series Featuring Younger Version of Mark Harmon’s Character Ordered at CBS

CBS has ordered an NCIS prequel series that will focus on a younger version of Mark Harmon’s character Leroy Jethro Gibbs. Variety reports that the upcoming series, NCIS: Origins, is set to premiere in the 2024-2025 season.

The NCIS prequel will be set in 1991, with Mark Harmon, who portrayed Gibbs for almost two decades, taking on the role of narrator. The official logline states, “In the series, Gibbs starts his career as a newly minted special agent at the fledgling NCIS Camp Pendleton office,” the official logline says. “[Gibbs] forges his place on a gritty, ragtag team led by NCIS legend Mike Franks.”

Harmon, along with his son Sean Harmon, will serve as executive producers for the upcoming show. It was Sean who initially pitched the idea of a young Gibbs series to CBS. Sean has previously portrayed a younger version of his father’s character in “NCIS” episodes. However, his main focus for the new series will be executive producing. The casting process for the lead role will commence shortly.

Mark Harmon Isn’t the Only Familiar Name Attached to the ‘NCIS’ Prequel

Of course, Mark Harmon won’t be the only familiar name working on the NCIS prequel. David J. North and Gina Lucita Monreal collaborate on writing the pilot and will also assume the roles of executive producers and co-showrunners for the series. Both North and Monreal have an extensive background in writing for “NCIS” for a decade, with North actively serving as a co-showrunner for that show.

This represents the most recent extension of the NCIS franchise. Alongside the flagship show, now entering its 21st season, CBS is currently broadcasting NCIS: Hawaii. Meanwhile, NCIS: Sydney is available on Paramount+ and CBS. Additionally, CBS previously aired NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: New Orleans.

Of course, Harmon assumed the role of Gibbs when NCIS premiered on CBS in 2003, having first portrayed the character on the CBS series JAG. In 2021, it was announced that Harmon would be departing the show, with his final episode scheduled for Season 19. Despite leaving the cast, he continues to serve as an executive producer for NCIS.

The news of Mark Harmon’s NCIS prequel comes shortly after CBS ordered several shows with familiar characters. CBS recently acquired the medical drama Watson featuring Morris Chestnut, who will portray Dr. John Watson, Sherlock Holmes’ trusted companion. Additionally, CBS is preparing to release a reboot of Matlock starring Kathy Bates.