Have you enjoyed “NCIS” under Gary Glasberg? We hope so, since you’re going to be seeing a heck of a lot more of him as showrunner under the new deal that the man signed with CBS TV Studios.
Thanks to this extended deal (first reported by Deadline), Glasberg will continue to develop projects for the studio until 2016. This likely continues the flagship “NCIS” show so long as it lasts until that point, and also the “NCIS: New Orleans” spin-off that he and Mark Harmon are currently producing for the upcoming pilot season. This idea is going to surface during a two-part episode that airs during the February sweeps, and if the executives at the network like what they see, the show could be picked up for the fall. (The last “NCIS” spin-off, “NCIS: Red,” went nowhere and was not picked up.)
Glasberg has also went through a pretty tumultuous past few months, having to deal with some hefty fan outrage over Cote de Pablo leaving that was really not his fault. Thanks to negotiations between her and the studio that failed to properly work out, he had to scrap all of his plans for season 11 and come up with a way to send Ziva off at the 11th hour that at least provided some sort of fan service to those who have enjoyed the character for so long. So far, the post-Ziva era has not been kind to him; Tuesday’s episode was not terrible by any means, but the ratings were down sharply from her exit. (We’ve got some full analysis for you here, including if she was the only factor on it.)
While you may wonder the merits of another “NCIS” show when a network should be gearing towards a younger audience, the truth here is that CBS is having itself a pretty miserable season. There has already been one cancellation in “We Are Men,” “Hostages” is disappointing mightily, and even “The Millers” and “The Crazy Ones” are not the breakout hits that the network was probably hoping they would be early on. Even moving “Person of Interest” to Tuesdays is only bringing in slightly better ratings there than in years past.
You can take a look at the future of “NCIS” proper at this link, where we’ve got a promo for you for the episode airing on Tuesday night.