Harmon: NCIS - lucky to be average
NCIS star Mark Harmon has said NCIS has managed to go on such a long time because it started out as "middle of the range".
The 61-year-old actor has starred as Leroy Jethro Gibbs for 10 years, and is proud to have made ten seasons of the CBS crime show, which he said never got too hyped up, but has managed to survive being cancelled.
Mark said: "We had time to nurture the show, we had time to grow. We weren't good enough to get attention, we weren't bad enough to get cancelled. We just were kind of in this mid range where we just got to do the show."
The show, which has spawned several spin-offs including NCIS: Los Angeles, is filmed out on location in Santa Clarita, Los Angeles, and Mark believes that doesn't just have financial advantages.
He said: "No one wanted to drive out there, except the cast. The network left us alone, we were just out there doing the show, and I think there was great advantage in that over time.
"Now it doesn't matter because the show is founded and successful and strong.
"But it wasn't always like that and it's important to remember where it came from, and where it's developed to and what it took to get there. And I don't think anybody on this cast or crew is confused by that."
:: NCIS returns to Fox on Friday January 11 at 9pm.