Some devastating news for fans of Global‘s “NCIS” and its spinoffs with CBS announcing that exec producer and showrunner Gary Glasberg passed away in his sleep on September 28 in Los Angeles. He was 50.
Glasberg had been the driving creative force behind the world’s most-watched TV drama and its highly rated spinoffs, “NCIS: Los Angeles” and “NCIS: New Orleans”, supervising the direction of what is arguably television’s most successful franchise.
Glasberg is survived by his wife of 20 years, TV producer and screenwriter Mimi Schmir, and their two sons, Dash and Eli.
Glasberg joined “NCIS” as a co-executive producer and writer in 2009, and quickly rose through the ranks to take over showrunner duties in 2011, following a successful TV career that began with writing comic books and animation for companies such as Warner Bros., Disney, Nickelodeon, Fox and Hanna-Barbera. Glasberg’s additional TV credits include CBS procedurals “Shark” and “The Mentalist,” as well as “Crossing Jordan,” “The $treet” and “Bones.”
“Gary was our rock, our cheerleader, our team captain,” reads a statement from the cast and crew of “NCIS”. “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 humour, which lifted us every day.”
Added Glenn Geller, president of CBS Entertainment: “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. Our heartfelt thoughts and sympathies go out to his wife, Mimi, his two sons and all his family and friends.”
“NCIS” star Pauley Perrette took to Twitter to express her “shock and sadness” at Glasberg’s passing: