Gibbs is returning to the NCIS universe as the lead of a new CBS drama, which serves as a prequel to the long-running series. The network has given a straight-to-series order to NCIS: Origins, about a young Leroy Jethro Gibbs, for the 2024-25 broadcast season. The project is being co-written by Mark Harmon and his son Sean Harmon, the two actors who played Gibbs on NCIS, along with veteran NCIS writer-producer Gina Lucita Monreal and David J. North as well comes from CBS Studios, which is behind the NCIS franchise.
Narrated by Mark Harmon, NCIS: Genesis begins in 1991, years before the events of NCIS. In the new series, Gibbs begins her career as a newly minted special agent in the fledgling NCIS Camp Pendleton office, where she finds her place in a gritty, ragtag team led by NCIS veteran Mike Franks. (In the Mothership series, Franks is a recurring character, played by Muse Watson. Franks was fatally stabbed in Season 8, but continued to show up to Gibbs when he needed a sounding board on difficult matters.) kept.)
So far, younger versions of Gibbs and Mike Franks have been confirmed to appear in the spinoff. While Harmon’s real-life son Sean Harmon (pictured above) has portrayed his father’s character in the past, a new actor will be cast in the role in NCIS: Origins.
What characters have been cast in NCIS: Origins?
Casting begins in two weeks, but, as stated above, TVLine can confirm who won’t be in it: Sean Harmon and Ben Turner Dixon, who previously played Young Gibbs and Young Franks, respectively, on NCIS. CBS is opting to bring in new actors for those lead roles.
As for Harmon himself? In addition to executive-producing the series, he will return to narrate the prequel. He starred in the first 19 seasons of the original NCIS, ultimately exiting theatrically in 2021.
Plot Details Revealed for NCIS: Origins
Some plot details have also been shared about the new series. NCIS: Genesis will begin in 1991, long before the events of NCIS. It begins with Gibbs “beginning his career as a newly appointed special agent at the fledgling NCIS Camp Pendleton office, where he makes his way into a gritty, ragtag team led by NCIS veteran Mike Franks.” Fans will remember Muse Watson who played Mike Franks in the original NCIS.
NCIS is still going strong, even though Mark Harmon left the show in its nineteenth season. Season 21 is scheduled to premiere on February 12. On the same day, the third season of the spinoff series, NCIS: Hawaii, will also premiere. Meanwhile, Australia recently premiered new spinoff series NCIS: Sydney on Paramount+Australia.