Columbia College Chicago Alum Joins Cast of CBS’ Upcoming ‘NCIS: Origins’ Prequel Series

Tyla Abercrumbie (Photo: Joe Mazza | brave lux)

Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department alum Tyla Abercrumbie ’98, a regular cast member of the Showtime series The Chi, will join the of the new CBS TV series NCIS: Origins, which debuts in the 2024-2025 broadcast season. The entertainment news site Deadline reported on March 26 that NCIS: Origins, a prequel to CBS’ long-running hit series NCIS, “has a straight-to-series order for the 2024-2025 broadcast season.” NCIS is an American police procedural drama television series revolving around a fictional team of special agents of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the primary federal law-enforcement agency of the United States Navy. Deadline reports: “Abercrumbie will play Field Operation Support Officer Mary Jo who is both a product of her time and the lifeblood of the Camp Pendleton office. With all the acronyms floating around the agency, this mama bear has wryly dubbed herself ‘HSIC’: Head Secretary in Charge. If you want to know where the bodies are buried, Mary Jo’s the one to ask.” To read the article, click here.

Tyla Abercrumbie

In addition to acting, Abercrumbie is an accomplished playwright. Her drama Relentless premiered in 2022 at Chicago’s TimeLine Theatre, where Abercrumbie is a company member. The play received a Joseph Jefferson Award for New Work and the Black Theater Alliance/Ira Aldridge Awards’ Lorraine Hansberry Award for Writing of a Play.