'NCIS' Star Mark Harmon Leaving After Season 16 For New 'Prey' Series?
Mark Harmon is a busy man. Not only is the 67-year-old starring in his sixteenth season of the popular CBS drama NCIS, but he also serves as the show’s executive producer. On top of that, he is the executive producer of NCIS: New Orleans , and now he has signed on to produce a new series based on John Sandford’s Prey novel series. Does this mean that Harmon is going to leave NCIS when Season 16 comes to an end?
Despite all of the rumors that Harmon will soon be putting the role of Leroy Jethro Gibbs behind him, there is no evidence that he is going anywhere. As the lead actor of the top-rated CBS show, Harmon is making bank, and he has no reason to walk away from that hefty paycheck. Currently, he is the fifth-highest paid actor on television.
And, as CarterMatt points out, being on NCIS gives Harmon the platform for additional opportunities to produce and get projects that he likes off the ground.
But, the biggest clue that Harmon isn’t leaving NCIS anytime soon is the fact that he is under contract through Season 17. He just signed a two-year deal to remain the star of the show, so there would be no reason for him to break that deal.
While he continues to play Gibbs, he will also produce other shows like the untitled Prey project, which is definitely in the works. This new show will be a crime drama that tells the story of homicide detective Lucas Davenport and his best friend Elle Krueger, who is a psychology professor.
As a team, they hunt the most dangerous criminals in Minnesota.
Harmon is teaming up with former Shadowhunters showrunner Ed Decter, and Howard Braunstein and Michael Jaffe will also serve as executive producers.
There has not been official word from CBS or Harmon’s team about his future with NCIS , but in the past, he has made it clear that he doesn’t take the show’s success for granted.
“You gotta pay attention to what it took to get it to this point. I don’t forget that, I’ve been in too many shows that haven’t done well,” Harmon said. “To have an appreciation for getting up in the morning and enjoying that drive, to know that you’re coming every day to work with friends ... And oh yeah, by the way, it’s the number one show in the world. So, there’s a lot to love here.”
Catch Mark Harmon in new episodes of NCIS Tuesday nights on CBS.