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.