‘NCIS’: Will Agent Gibbs Actor Star in New ‘NCIS: Hawai’i’ Spin-Off?

by Suzanne Halliburton
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NCIS is on a summer hiatus. So ’tis the season to dwell on Leroy Jethro Gibbs, while pondering if he’ll have a role on the series newest franchise office set in Hawaii.

As the weather warms, NCIS fans love slicing and dicing their favorite scenes and characters of the past season. Since the show gave fans such anxiety with a steep cliffhanger, speculation has grown even higher.

Mark Harmon, who has played Gibbs for 18 seasons, is coming back for a 19th. We know that. We don’t know how much he’ll appear in the new season. So maybe he’ll hop a flight to Hawaii and get the new Pearl Harbor office up and effectively running.

CBS Executive Says Network Takes It Year by Year With Mark Harmon and NCIS

“We take it year by year with Mark, we’d love to have him as long as he’d like to be here,” CBS Entertainment President Kelly Kahl told Deadline last month. “Even in this past season, he might have been light in a couple of (episodes), so we’re happy to work around his schedule.”

Just by the clues NCIS provided in the finale, we know next season should open with a different look. Unless there’s a huge time skip, Gibbs is still suspended. That’s dating back to an episode earlier in the spring when he was disciplined for beating up a man who abused dogs. And either he faked his own death or someone blew up his boat. Either of those details are significant and could dictate a plot for at least a half-season worth of shows.

There is Nothing Definitive About Gibbs and Hawaii

Meanwhile, neither CBS network officials nor NCIS showrunners have said whether Mark Harmon as Gibbs will play a role in the Hawaii spinoff. NCIS: Hawai’i already is being marketed as unique from the other two NCIS shows. That’s because Vanessa Lachey, who will portray Jane Tennant, is the first female agent in charge.

There is talk that NCIS: Hawai’i and Magnum P.I. will do at least one crossover show. The two both are CBS shows based in Hawaii. It makes financial and creative sense.

Mark Harmon was an executive producer for the recently canceled NCIS: New Orleans. And he did crossovers with the show, as Gibbs traveled to New Orleans.

Plus, why blow up NCIS show protocol? Do the crossover. He helped launch NCIS: LA when Gibbs and McGee traveled to Los Angeles to investigate the death of a Marine. The two stayed an episode longer after they uncovered a terrorist cell in Southern California.

Meanwhile, to kick off NCIS: New Orleans, Gibbs and Bishop flew to the Crescent City to help Dwayne Cassius Pride track down a copycat killer.

Stay tuned.