Los Angeles—Anonymous sources closely associated to the CBS megahit show “NCIS” have said that the star of the long running crime drama, Mark Harmon, is in tense negotiations to renew his contract and keep his character, Jethro Gibbs, on the program for another four seasons.
“It’s been no secret, really, that Jethro hasn’t been Mark’s favorite character,” said the source, on the condition of anonymity, and who definitely is not Harmon’s agent, Harold Detwiler. It’s not. Not him. Stop. “Mark’s always felt that Gibbs is way too conservative in his attitude and appearance, and it would be really great if he could be a little bit more flamboyant.”
The source said that Harmon has approached series creator Donald P. Bellisario in the past about changing up the character’s look and persona, maybe from a head trauma that could last an entire season or something, but Bellisario has always nixed the idea.
Harmon’s always been hard-pressed to continue with the show in the past, since this has been hs most successful professional endeavor. “He didn’t want to go all Shelley Long or Barney Fife or that guy who’s now on ‘CSI: Miami’ but left ‘NYPD Blue,’” the source said, referring (we assume) to other actors who have left their successful TV show long before the show had lost its popularity.
But the past year or two, Harmon has felt he may be ready to try other projects with other individuals.
Another source close to Harmon, (not his NCIS co-star Michael Weatherly, so just get that crazy notion out of your head right now) said, “He’s said to me, he said, ‘Try me, just try me. If I walk I’ll get with Pam (his wife, actress Pam Dawber) and we’ll do a ‘Mork and Mindy’ reboot. You think there isn’t an audience for that? Think again, chief!’ And I believe him, I really do.”
Fred DiMaio contributed to this piece