NCIS New Showrunners Season 14

NCIS Vets Named New Showrunners

NCIS executive producers and longtime writing partners George Schenck and Frank Cardea have been named the new co-showrunners of broadcast TV’s most-watched drama.

They succeed Gary Glasberg, who ran the series starting with Season 9 and abruptly passed away on Sept. 28, 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,” Schenck and Cardea said 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.”

Schenck and Cardea have been with NCIS since early Season 1, first serving as consulting producers. They became EPs in Season 9. Together, they have written more than 40 episodes, most recently Season 13, Episode 19 (“Reasonable Doubts,” guest-starring Robert Wagner Jr.) and this fall’s third episode, “Privileged Information.”

The duo’s previous TV credits include the early-1980s, Raiders of the Lost Ark-evoking adventure series Bring ‘Em Back Alive, and the mid-’80s comedy Crazy Like a Fox.

With Election Night this Tuesday, NCIS will resume Season 14 on Nov. 15, with the return of Robert Wagner Jr. as Anthony DiNozzo Sr.

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10 Comments
  1. Kevin says:

    These two will be great as showrunners on NCIS since the passing of Gary Glasberg (RIP).

  2. notfeelingencouraged says:

    Hmm, we will see. Says they were with the show since year 1 and we know the show had issues with how it was being run and a change was made several years in. Hope these guys were not part of that problem.

    • annieo53 says:

      I’ve never heard anything about them being involved in that. Never seen anything that indicated anyone but Bellisario was involved (and of course Mark Harmon who stood up to him). I’m very happy with this news, George and Frank know our characters very well and I always enjoy their episodes. NCIS has the best writers and cast in the business; hope Mr. Glasberg would be pleased.

    • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

      That’s what you’re going with?

    • QYW says:

      Wow, aren’t you a bowl of sunshine. As a long time fan since day one, I think these two gentleman’s combined experience will compensate for the show’s great loss. Have to wonder–just what is your damage? Jeeeez…….

  3. Mr. Smith says:

    I remember both “Bring’em Back Alive” with Bruce Boxleitner AND Crazy Like a Fox (with Warden, Rubenstein and Peyser). Both great shows ahead of their time.

  4. NewBeginnings16 says:

    Good choices and I like that this dynamic writing duo will continue to work together in show running duties.

  5. Ryan V says:

    So did I miss something was tuesdays’ episode a repeat? I could’ve sworn it was supposed to be new but I checked on demand and it was an episode with tony I’m confused