Excitement swept through the NCIS fanbase this week as CBS unveiled plans for a new spin-off series, NCIS: Origins, which departs from the conventional geographical expansion, opting instead to explore the past.

Set to feature the return of Mark Harmon as Leroy Jethro Gibbs, the prequel unfolds in 1991, preceding the original series, and traces a young Gibbs as he joins the NCIS Camp Pendleton office under the leadership of NCIS icon Mike Franks, a recurring character on the flagship show.

In a unique narrative approach, a younger actor will embody the role of Leroy Jethro Gibbs, while the seasoned Mark Harmon, now 72, will lend his voice as the narrator, akin to the format of Young Sheldon.

The brainchild behind this innovative concept is none other than Sean Harmon, Mark’s son, who previously portrayed a younger version of Gibbs in seven episodes spanning from 2008 to 2020. Sean, now 35, will serve as an executive producer alongside his father, expressing his enthusiasm for exploring the untold story of Gibbs’ early years.

The returning characters include Mark Harmon’s Gibbs, Muse Watson reprising his role as Mike Franks, and Roma Maffia returning as Special Agent Vera Strickland, Franks’ former partner on NCIS.

While casting decisions for the prequel series are yet to be disclosed, it’s confirmed that neither Sean Harmon nor Ben Turner Dixon, who portrayed the young Mike Franks on NCIS, will reprise their roles. Instead, the production team aims to bring in new talent to breathe life into these iconic characters.

NCIS: Origins is slated to premiere as part of CBS’s fall lineup, with episodes also accessible on Paramount+. However, a specific release date is yet to be unveiled, leaving fans eagerly anticipating the journey into the early days of their beloved character, Leroy Jethro Gibbs.

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