The longtime showrunner on the CBS drama series “NCIS,” who was also the creator of the spinoff series “NCIS: New Orleans,” has died. Variety reports that Gary Glasberg died in his sleep today in Los Angeles. He was 50.
The “NCIS” cast released a statement saying: “Gary was our rock, our cheerleader, our team captain. He inspired us with his leadership, his creative instincts and keen insight. ‘NCIS’ will not be the same without him, and each of us will miss his smiling face and unwavering humor, which lifted us every day.”
Glasberg joined “NCIS” in 2009, being promoted to executive producer in 2010 and taking over as showrunner in 2011.
Variety notes: “On Glasberg’s watch, ‘NCIS’ has maintained its status as TV’s most-watched drama series for the past seven years. Now in its 14th season, ‘NCIS’ last season averaged 20.4 million viewers and 3.1 rating/11 share in adults 18-49.”
CBS Entertainment President Glenn Geller said: “Today is an overwhelmingly sad day for ‘NCIS,’ CBS and anyone who was blessed to spend time with Gary Glasberg. We have lost a cherished friend, gifted creative voice, respected leader and, most memorably, someone whose warmth and kindness was felt by all around him.”
Here’s a clip posted in 2014 by TV Guide in which Glasberg takes viewers on a tour of the set of “NCIS: New Orleans” …