- 'NCIS' is one of the most popular shows of all time
- CBS is looking to bring back "Gibbs" in a prequel series
- THIS is what we know so far about it
The world of crime-fighting drama is about to get a thrilling prequel twist! Hold onto your badges, all of you 'NCIS' fans, because CBS is taking us on a wild ride back in time with 'NCIS: Origins,' a brand-new series that delves into the untold story of young "Leroy Jethro Gibbs."
And it's already in the works now! With a straight-to-series order for the 2024-25 broadcast season, the 'NCIS' universe is expanding like never before!
What can we expect from this show?
Narrated by none other than Mark Harmon, the series kicks off in the dusty corridors of 1991 at the "NCIS Camp Pendleton" office. We're about to witness the making of a legend as Gibbs, a fresh-faced special agent, earns his stripes on a team led by the formidable "Mike Franks."
The official logline states, "In the series, Gibbs starts his career as a newly minted special agent at the fledgling NCIS Camp Pendleton office where he forges his place on a gritty, ragtag team led by NCIS legend Mike Franks."
Fans will remember the late "Franks," played by Muse Watson, as "Gibbs'" mentor—his spirit still lingering in the original series as a guide for tough cases.
The genius behind this time-traveling concept? Sean Harmon, who not only played young "Gibbs" in seven episodes but is now stepping up as an executive producer alongside his father. The Harmon duo, alongside veteran 'NCIS' writers-producers Gina Lucita Monreal and David J. North, are the masterminds crafting this new chapter in the 'NCIS' saga.
"We are elated and honored to continue the expansion of the ‘NCIS’ universe in such a unique and unexpected way,” said Amy Reisenbach, president of CBS Entertainment.
"Viewers can look forward to Mark Harmon returning to CBS to narrate the complex and mysterious backstory of Leroy Jethro Gibbs’ early years in ‘NCIS: Origins,’ which will build on the rich legacy of this character while reintroducing fan-favorite characters and meeting new ones."
This marks the latest expansion of the 'NCIS' franchise. In addition to the main show, which is going into its 21st season, CBS also currently airs 'NCIS: Hawaii' while 'NCIS: Sydney' airs on Paramount+ and CBS. CBS also previously aired 'NCIS: Los Angeles' and 'NCIS: New Orleans.'
Everything is perfectly in place
Sean Harmon is all geared up, saying, "The character of Gibbs has been an important part of my life for 20 years... I am thrilled to be stepping into a producing role... as we tell this story and reveal a new side of this beloved character."
Monreal and North teased that even the most hardcore 'NCIS' aficionados will be in for surprises, promising revelations that will reshape how we see Gibbs. The anticipation is electric!
It's all major TV news, however you look at it.
"There’s no denying the cultural and global phenomenon of the 'NCIS' franchise for the last 20 years," said David Stapf, president of CBS Studios.
"When Sean and Mark approached us all with this exciting expansion of the universe – exploring a young Gibbs – we knew it was the next story that needed to be told. We also couldn’t be luckier to have Gina and David at the helm as co-showrunners who are not only brilliant and adept writers, but know this character and universe so well."
Taking a leaf out of 'The Big Bang Theory's' book, which successfully launched 'Young Sheldon,' CBS is betting big on 'NCIS: Origins' to capture the hearts of viewers. Producers are elated, promising a complex and mysterious backstory that will enrich Gibbs' legacy.
With the NCIS franchise still reigning supreme after 21 seasons, this prequel is poised to become the next global sensation. The search for an actor to fill young "Gibbs'" shoes is on, and the excitement is palpable.
So buckle up, NCIS loyalists! The countdown to 1991 begins, and you're invited to join the ride. "NCIS: Origins" is coming, and the backstory of "Leroy Jethro Gibbs" is about to unfold in a way you've never seen before!