Wednesday, April 17, 2024

“NCIS: The Wonder Years” or “Young Jethro” Will Find Mark Harmon Narrating Origin Series Produced by His Own Son


There have already been a lot of “NCIS” brand series. One of them is on now, set in Sydney, Australia.

So wasn’t it time for an origins series, like “Star Trek”? Well, that wish is being fulfilled.

“NCIS Origins” sounds like it will “NCIS The Wonder Years” or “Young Jethro.” It’s all about Mark Harmon’s Jethro Gibbs character and how he became head of NCIS. The producer is nepo-baby Sean Harmon who’s getting his first producing credit. His mother is Pam Dawber, aka Mindy. Mork was not involved.

I guess the show is set in the 70s and early 80s. Mark Harmon will narrate, a la Jim Parsons with “Young Sheldon” or Daniel Stern and “The Wonder Years.” Young Jethro will look back at his early days of solving crimes in his Boy Scout troop and getting kidnapped at college football games.n

If “NCIS Origins” works, then — like “Yellowstone” — there will be “NCIS 1925” and so on. This is what you want, America, and this is what you will get.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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