In a significant departure for the enduring police procedural drama NCIS, Mark Harmon, renowned for his portrayal of Supervisory Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, will be succeeded by Gary Cole, well-known for his role in Entourage.

As fans eagerly anticipate this change, Cole shares insights into his approach to the iconic character.

With NCIS Season 19 unfolding on CBS, the announcement of Gary Cole as the new lead raises questions about the show’s future direction. While the official renewal for Season 20 is pending, the series’ enduring popularity suggests it’s a mere formality, with expectations of a return around September. Excitement among UK viewers builds with reports that NCIS will move to Disney Plus in the future year.

Cole’s Perspective on Replacing Harmon:

Gary Cole, recently revealed as Harmon’s successor, makes it clear that he’s not aiming to replicate Harmon’s portrayal of Leroy Jethro Gibbs. Set to portray former FBI agent Alden Parker, Cole assures fans that he intends to bring his own interpretation to the character.

With experience in recurring roles, Cole emphasizes his commitment to becoming comfortable with the character, highlighting that he is not trying to mimic Gibbs. Parker’s takeover follows Gibbs’ retirement to Alaska, and Cole stresses his desire for Parker to be seen as a distinct figure. Unlike Gibbs, Cole explains that Parker prefers bending rules rather than breaking them, signaling a new approach to criminal solving that incorporates technology.

Cole’s Career and Previous Roles:

Gary Cole’s extensive career, spanning back to the early 1980s, encompasses significant appearances in film and television. Cole’s versatility is evident in his early uncredited roles and his portrayal of the sadistic office manager in the cult classic “Office Space.”

Reflecting on the film’s enduring impact, Cole recalls fans echoing lines, showcasing its success. His diverse career includes roles in family-friendly films like “The Brady Bunch Movie” and appearances in TV shows such as “Desperate Housewives,” “Entourage,” and “Veep.” With his wealth of experience, Cole brings a seasoned presence to the lead role in NCIS.

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