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‘NCIS’ Prequel Series Casts Mariel Molino

The “NCIS” prequel series at CBS has added Mariel Molino to its cast, Variety has confirmed.

Malino joins previously announced series lead Austin Stowell in the series, which is titled “NCIS: Origins.” The series was originally ordered at CBS in January with plans to launch during the 2024-2025 broadcast season. Mark Harmon, who played Gibbs for nearly two decades in the mothership series, will serve as the show’s narrator and executive producer.

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“NCIS: Origins” is set in 1991. The official description states, “Gibbs (Stowell) starts his career as a newly minted special agent at the fledgling NIS Camp Pendleton office where he forges his place on a gritty, ragtag team led by NCIS legend Mike Franks.”

Molino will play a new character in the “NCIS” universe named Special Agent Lala Dominguez. She is described as “a former Marine who navigates her 1990s male-dominated field with a steely resolve and a dark sense of humor. When a tormented Leroy Jethro Gibbs joins her team, the ensuing story between these two enigmatic outsiders is filled with sparks and turns that will keep the audience guessing.”

Molino’s past TV credits include “The Watchful Eye,” “Promised Land,” and “Papis muy padres.” She has also appeared in films like “The Shade” and “Crazy for Change.” She is repped by Independent Artist Group, EKG Talent Group, and Goodman Genow.

David J. North and Gina Lucita Monreal co-wrote the pilot for “NCIS: Origins” and serve as co-showrunners and executive producers on the series. North and Monreal both wrote on “NCIS” for 10 years, with North currently serving as co-showrunner on that show. Mark Harmon executive produces along with his son, Sean Harmon. CBS Studios produces.

This marks the latest expansion of the “NCIS” franchise. In addition to the main show, which recently launched its 21st season, CBS also currently airs “NCIS: Hawaii” while “NCIS: Sydney” airs on Paramount+ and CBS. CBS also previously aired “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “NCIS: New Orleans.”

Deadline first reported Molino’s casting.

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