Whilst CBC may be losing “Young Sheldon,” it’s gaining another entry in the “NCIS” franchise.
TV Line reports that the network will expand its stalwart series with “NCIS: Origins,” a 1990s-set drama which will follow the younger days of Mark Harmon’s Leroy Jethro Gibbs character.
The series will commence in 1991, when Gibbs was mid-late 30s and having just retired from the Marine Corps and joined the Naval Investigative Service.
He is newly installed at the Camp Pendleton NCIS office, which is led by the legendary Mike Franks. Harmon, who was 51 when “NCIS” first premiered in 2003, is an executive producer on the prequel and will also narrate the series.
CBS Entertainment president Amy Reisenbach says in a statement:
“We are elated and honored to continue the expansion of the NCIS universe in such a unique and unexpected way. 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.”
David J. North and Gina Lucita Monreal will serve as co-showrunners.
‘Origins’ will join the original “NCIS” and “NCIS: Hawai’i” on CBS and “NCIS: Sydney” which recently wrapped its first season run – a second season hasn’t been announced as yet.