With “NCIS” poised to go through one of its biggest changes, fans can take comfort in Mark Harmon‘s belief the show would never be canceled.
This was back in 2013 when the show had completed 10 years on the air. Harmon sat down with Fox News to discuss why viewership kept growing instead of shrinking. Harmon hilariously said one of the reasons the show wasn’t canceled in its early seasons is because no network executive wanted to make the drive out to them.
The show films in Santa Clarita, which is about 30 miles from the sights and sounds of Los Angeles.
“We were able to keep it afloat a couple of years because we weren’t good enough to get all the attention and we weren’t bad enough to get canceled,” Harmon told the outlet. “And the biggest thing: We shoot in Santa Clarita. Nobody from the network wanted to drive out there!”
Mark Harmon on ‘NCIS’ Success
Of course, Mark Harmon may be on to something. Heading into its 19th Season, “NCIS” has certainly outlasted many shows it initially aired against. At the time, Harmon believed that the show’s success belonged to the TV show’s team dynamic.
Harmon, David McCallum, Pauly Perrette, and Michael Weatherly still remained from the original cast going into Season 11. All four of them played widely popular characters on the show. In particular, Perrette’s Abby Sciuto captured the public’s attention during her tenure.
}We’ve been successful so far and we keep finding ways to grow it,” Harmon continued. “There’s four of us who were there in the beginning, plus pretty much 90 percent of our crew.”
But unfortunately now in 2021, everyone except for Harmon has now left the show. He remains the lone mainstay from the show’s initial season. So does that magic and staying power still hold true? Well, Harmon in 2013 certainly had a few kernels of wisdom.
The actor believed that the show was bigger than any one person. Part of the success of “NCIS” was finding new ways to revamp the show and continue onward with new cast members. While he may be the lead and senior cast member, Harmon didn’t believe that the show was ultimately his. Instead, he valued the work of the cast and crew around him.
“For those of us still here, it’s all about moving on: This is what we’ve got, and we’re going to find a way to make it even better. I’m not trying to shuck off our success, because it’s all earned, every bit of it. By a lot of people,” Harmon said. “I’m not the big dog,” he says flatly. “I might be a dog. But there’s a lot of dogs.”
With the actor’s own future up in the air, “NCIS” fans may find some comfort in that fact.