Gibbs’ Epic Spin-Off Confirmed: ‘NCIS: Origins’ Prequel Series Unveils Jaw-Dropping Details

CBS has greenlit “NCIS: Origins,” a prequel series to the original NCIS franchise, delving into the early life of Jethro Gibbs, the commanding officer of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. Mark Harmon and his son, Sean Harmon, both previous actors portraying Gibbs in the original series, spearhead this new venture. Mark Harmon, having portrayed Gibbs for 19 seasons, will serve as the narrator and executive producer, alongside his son, who also executive produces.

“NCIS: Origins” will explore Gibbs’ beginnings as a new special agent at the nascent NCIS Camp Pendleton office, where he establishes his role within a resilient team led by NCIS legend Mike Franks. The show is currently in search of an actor to portray the young Gibbs.

Joining the Harmons in executive producing duties are CBS Studios, Gina Lucita Monreal, and David J. North, both of whom have a decade-long history with the original show. Monreal and North will co-write the pilot episode and act as co-showrunners for “NCIS: Origins.”

This prequel series adds to the expansive universe of the Naval investigatory service, following the success of the original NCIS, a spinoff from the acclaimed legal drama JAG. Notably, the original NCIS remains one of CBS’s most-watched and popular shows in network history, claiming the title of the most-viewed non-sports program on broadcast television and previously holding the distinction of being the world’s most-watched drama series.

The triumph of the original NCIS series birthed a trio of U.S.-based spinoffs—NCIS: New Orleans, NCIS: Los Angeles, and NCIS: Hawai’i. While New Orleans and Los Angeles have concluded their runs, Hawai’i is currently in production for its third season. Additionally, the franchise expanded globally with its inaugural international spinoff, NCIS: Sydney, based on the Australian city, which notably had the most-watched premiere in Paramount+ history.

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