Breaking: Mark Harmon Narrates New NCIS Prequel Series on CBS!

CBS is broadening its NCIS franchise with a prequel series titled NCIS: Origins, delving into the formative years of the original show’s beloved character, Leroy Jethro Gibbs.

Set to commence in 1991, the series will chronicle a young Leroy Jethro Gibbs at the inception of his career as a freshly appointed special agent. It will illuminate his journey as he finds his footing within a rugged, close-knit team led by NCIS icon Mike Franks.

Mark Harmon, renowned for his portrayal of Gibbs in NCIS, will lend his voice as the narrator and also serve as an executive producer alongside Sean Harmon, Gina Lucita Monreal, and David J. North.

Produced by CBS Studios, North and Monreal, both seasoned writers from NCIS for a decade, will co-write the premiere episode and jointly helm the series. North, who currently co-showruns and serves as an executive producer on NCIS, will bring his expertise to this new venture.

NCIS: Origins is set to complement the existing quintet of shows within the NCIS franchise, which has been a substantial success for CBS. Alongside the original NCIS, the franchise includes spin-offs like NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, NCIS: Hawai’i, and NCIS: Sydney.

Having premiered in September 2003, the original NCIS has been a network staple for over two decades. It emerged as a spin-off from the naval legal drama JAG, which aired from 1995 to 1996 on NBC and continued on CBS from 1997 to 2005.

Commenting on this expansion, CBS Entertainment President Amy Reisenbach expressed excitement about Mark Harmon’s return to CBS as the narrator for NCIS: Origins. She emphasized that the series would delve into Leroy Jethro Gibbs’ early years, adding depth to the character’s enduring legacy while introducing familiar and new faces to fans.

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