EXCLUSIVE: With NCIS continuing to reign as the most watched scripted show on television and getting ready to spawn a spinoff series, the man behind both, Gary Glasberg, has been signed in a new overall deal by NCIS producer CBS TV Studios. Under the two-year extension that runs through May 2016, Glasberg will continue as executive producer and showrunner of flagship NCIS and of its proposed planted spinoff, which will be introduced in a two-part NCIS episode slated to shoot in February and air in the spring. He is writing the New Orleans-set offshoot and is executive producing with NCIS star/executive producer Mark Harmon. Glasberg called the experience working with CBS’ Leslie Moonves and Nina Tassler and CBS Studios’ David Stapf “amazing”, adding “I look forward to continuing to work with my NCIS family and can’t wait to dive in to what lies ahead,” Glasberg, repped by CAA and Michael Gendler, joined NCIS in 2009 and took the reins as showrunner two years later. NCIS closed out the 2012/13 season, its 10th on the air, as the most watched program on TV for the first time, with an average of 21.60 million viewers, edging Sunday Night Football (21.00 million). So far this season, the veteran drama is the most watched scripted program on TV in Live+same day and also ranks among the top 10 U.S. series in a number of international markets, including Canada, France, Italy as well as Australia, where it is in the Top 3.
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