The April 6 broadcast of NCIS featured Pam Dawber’s appearance as journalist Marcie Warren. Because she is the wife of the series’ star, Mark Harmon, the CBS program has tried several times over the years to persuade the ex-Mork & Mindy star to feature alongside her husband. This time, she finally said “yes” – with one specific condition.
Pam Dawber always had one reason for not appearing in ‘NCIS’
Harmon has been the star of NCIS since its debut in 2003. For nearly 18 seasons, he has played the role of Leroy Jethro Gibbs. Because his wife was the star of two different TV sitcoms for nearly 35 years in the 1980s, NCIS producers tried several times to get Dawber on the show. But she always had a reason to say “no.”
“The show has been around for a hundred years, and they’ve come to me a few times,” Dawber told Entertainment Weekly. “Either I didn’t want to do it, or I didn’t appreciate what they wanted me to do. Or it was right before Christmas and it was like, ‘I can’t do this. My parents are coming to town.” I was interested in, you know, chasing the business.”