‘NCIS’: Brian Dietzen Detailed ‘What Happened’ After Showrunner Gary Glasberg Died

by Samantha Whidden
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Following the unfortunate loss of Gary Glasberg, longtime NCIS star Brian Dietzen recalled in full detail what happened on the show’s set after the showrunner suddenly passed away. 

While chatting with Variety in 2017, the NCIS castmate opened up about how the direction of the show has changed since Glasberg’s passing.

“The remainder of this season, after Gary’s sudden passing – it really meant as a testament to him. A guy who helped steer this ship towards a hell of a lot of success and another spinoff and all of that.”

The NCIS actor then shared if others looked at what happened after Glasberg passed away, they would see all the writers really pulling together and deciding what the cast and crew were going to do for the rest of the season.

“But [the writers] looked up at his big board and it was more filled than has been for any of our previous seasons.”

Dietzen then shared he was excited for what’s going to happen on NCIS but it was a bittersweet time.

“[I’m] just as incredibly sad as we all are that we’re not going to have him there to lead us. It’s a testament to him as a showrunner that when he did pass, he didn’t leave us without a sense of direction. He really had a map going for this year.”

Glasberg passed away on September 28, 2016, at the age of 50. He was the showrunner for NCIS and the creator of NCIS: New Orleans. He reportedly died in his sleep from unknown causes in Los Angeles. Along with NCIS and NCIS: New Orleans, Glasberg was a producer for Crossing Jordan, The Evidence, Bones, Shark, and The Mentalist. 

‘NCIS’ Star Brian Dietzen Shares His Thoughts About the Showrunners Who Stepped in After Gary Glasberg Passed Away

While continuing to chat about the NCIS set after Gary Glasberg suddenly passed away, Brian Dietzen shared his thoughts about the showrunners who stepped in. “Well, George Schenck and Frank Cardea have been writing for our TV show since the beginning. And I think if there’s anyone appropriate to just step in immediately it would be those two.”

He also stated that Schenck and Cardea know NCIS, the show’s history and its DNA both backward and forwards. “Gary had us really well prepared for any bump in the road, but we just didn’t know it would be this awful.”

Along with chatting about the changes made on the NCIS set, Dietzen spoke about the first season without Michael Weatherly on the show.

“With Michael leaving, the rest of the NCIS family is just so happy for his success on Bull. We want him to be successful ‘cause he’s been our brother for the last 13 years.”