10:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'NCIS' Elevates Two Longtime Producers to Co-Showrunners
CBS has tapped two NCIS veterans to take over for the late Gary Glasberg.
Elevated to co-showrunners are Frank Cardea and George Schenck, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. They take over for the well-loved Glasberg, who died suddenly in September at the age of 50.
"The NCIS family suffered a tragic loss with the sudden passing of our showrunner, Gary Glasberg. It's with heavy hearts that we assume his duties," the writing partners of nearly 40 years said Friday in a joint statement. "We are fortunate to be surrounded by an incredibly talented and dedicated cast and crew, which will make the transition that much easier. Thank you to the NCIS fans for the outpouring of love we have all received."
Writing partners since 1977, Cardea and Schenck have joined NCIS in 2003 during its first season. Together, they have written nearly 50 episodes of CBS' Mark Harmon starrer. The duo have created five network series (Crazy Like a Fox, Bring 'Em Back Alive and High Sierra Search and Rescue, among others) and served as showrunners on multiple projects.
NCIS, currently in its 14th season, ranks as the No. 1 broadcast TV drama (with 17.6 million viewers per episode) as well as the top show in the world.