CBS’ Navy crime drama “NCIS” has named executive producers George Schenck and Frank Cardea as co-showrunners. The two take up the mantle of Gary Glasberg, whose sudden passing in September left cast and crew on the series devastated.
“The NCIS family suffered a tragic loss with the sudden passing of our showrunner, Gary Glasberg,” Schenck and Cardea said. “It’s with heavy hearts that we assume his duties. 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 writers on the series since Season 1, back in 2003, and have written a combined 50 episodes. The two have also been writing partners since 1977, having created five network series on their own and served as showrunners on multiple projects.
“Gary was our rock, our cheerleader, our team captain. He inspired us with his leadership, his creative instincts and keen insight,” the “NCIS” cast said in a statement after Glasberg’s passing. “‘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.”
‘NCIS’ continues to be one of the bigger draws on the broadcast dial. In Nielsen’s Live-plus-7 ratings, the show is averaging 17.1 million viewers total, a 2.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic, and 3.7 in the 25-54 demographic.