Move over, Young Sheldon. It’s time for… Young Gibbs! CBS has given a straight-to-series order to NCIS: Origins, a new series that will turn back the clock on Mark Harmon’s iconic character, revealing how Leroy Jethro Gibbs came to be the man he is today (and presumably how he amassed all those rules).
Set in 1991, NCIS: Origins picks up with Gibbs 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.”
In addition to executive-producing the series, Harmon will also return to narrate NCIS: Origins
Mark Harmon’s son Sean Harmon, who came up with the idea for NCIS: Origins, will also executive-produce, along with co-showrunners Gina Lucita Monreal and David J. North. Though Harmon played a younger version of his dad’s character on NCIS, a new actor is being tapped to portray him in NCIS: Origins.
“We’re thrilled to be bringing this new chapter to life along with Mark and Sean Harmon,” Monreal and North said in a statement. “This really is the making of Leroy Jethro Gibbs. And even the most dedicated NCIS fans will discover that they don’t know the whole story.”
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“The character of Gibbs has been an important part of my life for 20 years, both in watching my father craft the role and previously having the honor to play young Gibbs myself,” adds Sean Harmon. “I always felt there was a tale worth telling about his earlier years, so I am thrilled to be stepping into a producing role alongside Gina, David and my dad as we tell this story and reveal a new side of this beloved character.”
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