Breaking News: CBS Greenlights ‘NCIS’ Prequel Series on Young Gibbs! Get Ready for the Ultimate Backstory Unveiling!

CBS has greenlit an “NCIS” prequel series titled “NCIS: Origins,” centered around a young Leroy Jethro Gibbs, as confirmed by Variety.

Set to air in the 2024-2025 season, the show will unfold in 1991, with Mark Harmon, the long-time Gibbs actor, serving as the narrator. The series will depict Gibbs starting his career as a fresh special agent at NCIS Camp Pendleton, integrating into a gritty team led by NCIS legend Mike Franks.

Mark Harmon, along with his son Sean Harmon, who initially conceived the idea for the young Gibbs series, will executive produce. Sean, known for playing a younger version of Gibbs in prior “NCIS” episodes, will shift focus to executive producing, while the casting for the lead role will commence soon.

David J. North and Gina Lucita Monreal, both with extensive experience writing for “NCIS,” will co-write the pilot and serve as executive producers and co-showrunners for the series, with CBS Studios in charge of production.

The president of CBS Entertainment, Amy Reisenbach, expressed enthusiasm for expanding the “NCIS” universe through this unique prequel, highlighting Mark Harmon’s return as the narrator to delve into the complex backstory of Leroy Jethro Gibbs.

This prequel marks the latest addition to the expansive “NCIS” franchise, which includes the main show heading into its 21st season, alongside spin-offs such as “NCIS: Hawaii” on CBS and “NCIS: Sydney” on Paramount+. Stapf, the president of CBS Studios, praised the creative team’s decision to explore a young Gibbs, citing the undeniable success and global impact of the franchise.

Mark Harmon has been portraying Gibbs since the character’s inception on CBS’s “JAG” and continued in “NCIS” from its start in 2003. Harmon announced his departure from “NCIS” in 2021, with his final episode airing in Season 19, although he remains an executive producer for the show.

The co-showrunners, Monreal and North, expressed excitement about exploring Gibbs’ origins, promising to uncover a new facet of this beloved character. Sean Harmon also expressed his enthusiasm for producing the series, having previously played a younger Gibbs and believing in the untold story of his earlier years.

Apart from “NCIS: Origins,” CBS has also picked up other series, including the medical drama “Watson,” starring Morris Chestnut, and is preparing to launch shows like “Tracker,” featuring Justin Hartley, “Elsbeth,” starring Carrie Preston, an update of “Matlock” with Kathy Bates, and the multi-cam comedy “Poppa’s House,” all slated for the 2024-2025 season.

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