How Mark Harmon Became the Most Powerful Person on NCIS

TVOvermind | 2/25/2019 | Nat Berman
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When you think about NCIS you can’t help but think about Mark Harmon as he has been part of the show from the beginning. He plays one of the main characters in the show and it can be argued that he is the star. When a show has been running so long it is easy to think that everything always runs smoothly. However, this is not the case all the time and there was a feud between Harmon and Donald Bellisario in the early days of the show that changed the whole direction of the show.

The concept of NCIS as a show began when Bellisario decided to create it as a spin-off from JAG. Mark Harmon had never starred in JAG and Bellisario was initially reluctant to give him the role of Gibbs but was impressed by the work that he had done in other TV shows.

Filming - NCIS - Disagreement - Men - Length

When the filming of NCIS got underway then there was a disagreement between the two men about the length of time that the cast would spend filming. It was not unusual for the whole cast to be on set for sixteen hours at a time and this could happen for six days a week. It was not just the amount of time that was spent on set that Harmon was unhappy with, but also the way that the cast and crew were treated by Bellisario.

A complaint was eventually made by Harmon to CBS and Bellisario was forced to resign from the show. Bellisario had been a producer in the industry for many years and apart from JAG he was also responsible for several other successful shows such as Quantum Leap and Battlestar Galactica. It came as a surprise to a lot of people that Harmon was able to get him fired like that and...
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