Mark Harmon Has Big Plans For A New TV Project -- Will He Leave 'NCIS' Like Pauley Perrette?

Mark Harmon Has Big Plans For A New TV Project -- Will He Leave 'NCIS' Like Pauley Perrette?
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Mark Harmon is about to add a new title to his already impressive résumé. The star of CBS' NCIS is currently developing a new series based on ten novels by John Sandford.

Harmon is hoping to turn the well-loved Prey novels into a crime drama that will air on CBS.

The best selling author tells the story of a Minneapolis homicide detective named Lucas Davenport and his best friend and psychologist profiler, Elle Kruger, who is also a nun. The pair works to catch criminals in the city.

With Harmon getting busy with a new project, many are wondering will he leave NCIS after sixteen seasons?

In a past interview, Harmon answered all the burning questions.

Asked how does he feel about NCIS being the most-watched series in the world, with 47 million viewers over six continents?

He responded: "... The international reach is staggering. It’s hard to walk through airports even in the most out-of-the-way places without being surrounded by people who love the show—and that’s nothing to complain about. [Laughs] I’ve done TV shows where I walk through airports apologizing."

Will he stick with the show? He replied by: "Right now our writers are all very up and excited. You can see it on their faces. Now, if I ever witness them walking into the writers’ room with their heads down, feeling they’ve done it all, that would be the time to say, “I think I’m done here.” But there is still a real feeling of creativity and a sense of reinvention on our set. It’s so terrific having Maria Bello join us this season [as forensic psychologist Jack Sloane]. She’s not just a great actress. She wants to be with us. That says a lot."

Harmon went on to say that while he loves being with his family away from the cameras, he is grateful for NCIS and added: “It’s hard to walk through airports even in the most out-of-the-way places without being surrounded by people who love the show —and that’s nothing to complain about. I’ve done TV shows where I walk through airports apologizing.”

Harmon seems appreciative of his success.

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  • Andrea
    Andrea Nov 25, 2018 8:10 AM PST

    I will love anything Mark Harmon is in. l prefer he stays with NCIS while developing his new show. I would love to see "Abby" as his nun side kick. I think that would be so awesome.

  • Patty Giese
    Patty Giese Mar 8, 2019 3:27 PM PST

    Mark Harmon is not leaving NCIS. He planned a vacation with his wife for their Wedding Anniversary. 16 Seasons with NCIS is a big accomplishment. He's working on a new show also for CBS. This Husband and Father need to show his wife how much she is appreciated and loved unconditionally of 32 yrs. Happy Anniversary Mark and Pam Pam, I am so so sorry for your loss of a co worker Robin Williams. Congratulations To the both of you. Patty Giese of Saxonburg, Pennsylvania

  • Christine
    Christine Nov 24, 2018 7:01 PM PST

    Without Harmon has the lead actor the show will be over. Please stay Mark!!

  • June Messina
    June Messina Nov 26, 2018 2:41 PM PST

    Mr Harmon, Please don't leave, we love you and your wonderful show, we always watch it, we lost Abby, we don't want to lose you too., Besides all of you are a beautiful family to watch.

  • Pat
    Pat Nov 25, 2018 7:17 PM PST

    I agree Mark is the backbone of the show. I still miss Tony and Ziva. Honestly the show was the best then but I have kept watching it. But no more watching if Gibbs leaves.

  • Charlotte
    Charlotte Nov 25, 2018 11:40 AM PST

    NCIS won't be NCIS without Gibbs I won't watch it if he leaves. Hated it when Abby left, she was the best forensic on the show. The new one annoys me at the moment.

  • Don Locke
    Don Locke Nov 25, 2018 8:30 AM PST

    Without a doubt,if Mark leaves,so will I.I am borderline at the moment,the addition of Maria Bello is a waste of time and energy,we do not need a shrink that participates as an agent,this would never happen.Its like they said we need to add someone (which they don't),oh I know let's a shrink,I know in the history of NCIS there's never been one,but what the hell.Tread lightly, producers,let's just phase her out and continue.

  • Sharon Clark
    Sharon Clark Nov 24, 2018 8:09 PM PST

    When I go Tuesday nights to help our ladie's group from our church make Christmas stockings that are sent to an Orphanage they all know I have to leave a few minutes early (we meet from 6-8 pm) so I don't miss NCIS.? I have watched it from the beginning and Lord willing will watch it to the last episode. ?

  • Ari
    Ari Nov 25, 2018 3:34 AM PST

    It's a huge mistake to try to keep the show without Gibbs. It took guts to continue the show without Ziva, Tony, Abby, Ducky...... But the time to stop is NOW!!!

  • Ellen
    Ellen Nov 25, 2018 1:38 AM PST

    Without Mark Harmon shut the show down. It’s already getting worse and worse as each actor has left but Mark is the spine of the show.

  • Karen
    Karen Nov 24, 2018 8:23 PM PST

    Don’t go!!!! Please!!!! Been with NCIS forever. Cried when ‘Abby’ left and surprised when first African American actor on show was killed. Love all the others too but it’ll be hard to expect the quiet and in control ‘Gibbs’ to show up and ‘No Gibbs’. Think about us before making the move.

    • Darman
      Darman Nov 25, 2018 4:37 PM PST

      First African American actor killed? Vance is still very much alive.

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