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Mark Harmon to Narrate and Produce NCIS Prequel ‘NCIS: Origins’

Fans of the NCIS series have a new reason to celebrate as the franchise announces the upcoming prequel, NCIS: Origins.

This series will explore the early years of the iconic Leroy Jethro Gibbs, with Mark Harmon set to narrate.

Although Harmon won’t be portraying the young Gibbs, his involvement ensures continuity and familiarity for long-time viewers.

Set to begin in 1991, NCIS: Origins will delve into Gibbs’ initial days as a fledgling special agent at the NCIS Camp Pendleton office.

The series promises an intriguing journey as viewers witness Gibbs establishing himself within a gritty, unconventional team under the leadership of NCIS legend Mike Franks.

Harmon’s Dual Role

While Mark Harmon will not be reprising his role as Gibbs, CBS has confirmed his pivotal role as the series’ narrator. Additionally, Harmon will take on an executive producer role, sharing this responsibility with his eldest son, Sean Harmon.

CBS Entertainment president Amy Reisenbach expressed her excitement for the upcoming series.

In a press release, she stated, “We are elated and honored to continue the expansion of the NCIS universe in such a unique and unexpected way.”

Mark Harmon
Mark Harmon

Amy further teased that viewers can anticipate a deeper understanding of Gibbs’ origins while reconnecting with familiar characters and meeting new ones.

Collaborative Efforts

Mark Harmon and his son, Sean, played instrumental roles in conceptualizing this new NCIS story. Together with executive producers Gina Lucita Monreal and David J. North, they aim to provide fans with a fresh perspective on the beloved character.

Sean Harmon shared his enthusiasm, stating, “I always felt there was a tale worth telling about his earlier years, so I am thrilled to be stepping into a producing role.”

Mark Harmon’s relationship with NCIS traces all the way back to 2003, when he initially depicted Gibbs. His depiction enraptured crowds for a very long time until his departure in 2021.

Harmon’s last debut in the series saw Gibbs pick a life in Alaska, emblematically passing the light to Timothy McGee (Sean Murray).

Considering his departure, Harmon remarked in a 2022 interview, “What has always drawn me here is the character I play and to keep it fresh and challenging.” He assured enthusiasts of Gibbs’ presence in the NCIS universe, expressing, “I’m not retired. The character is living in Alaska, as far as I know.”

While NCIS remains the foundation of the franchise, its origins date back to the naval show JAG, which debuted in 1995.

NCIS was acquainted with crowds during JAG’s season 8 finale in 2003. Throughout the long term, NCIS has produced a few fruitful side projects, including NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: New Orleans.

Albeit these have concluded their runs, newer additions like NCIS: Hawai’i, which debuted in 2021, and NCIS: Sydney, broadcasting since November 2023, keep on leading forward.

The extension of the NCIS universe with NCIS: Origins guarantees fans a charming excursion into the early years of Leroy Jethro Gibbs. With Mark Harmon’s contribution, the series is ready to honor the legacy of NCIS while offering new insights into quite possibly TV’s most famous person.

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