CBS Greenlights Backdoor Pilot for ‘NCIS’ New Orleans Spinoff

CBS Greenlights Backdoor Pilot for 'NCIS' New Orleans Spinoff

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The two-episode pilot will air next Spring on the network's hit police procedural

CBS is looking to expand its “NCIS” franchise once again.

The broadcast network has greenlit a backdoor pilot that will air over two episodes during the series’ spring season, an individual close to production told TheWrap.

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The two-parter introduces the NCIS New Orleans office, which handles cases from Pensacola through Mississippi and Louisiana to the Texas panhandle. “New Orleans, with its rich setting of music, fun and debauchery is a magnet for military personnel on leave,” the official logline reads. “And with fun, comes trouble. It is a natural backdrop for a unique character-driven spin-off.”

Executive produced by “NCIS” EP Gary Glasberg and star/EP Mark Harmon, the series will begin shooting in February.

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“NCIS” itself was first introduced over two episodes of “JAG” in 2003.  If ordered to series, the New Orleans spinoff will be the series’ second. Its first, “NCIS: Los Angeles” debuted in 2009 and was renewed for a fifth season last May.

  • Eric in Deutschland

    I love NCIS. It's still one of my favorite shows. I own every season on DVD. NCIS: Los Angeles is ok, but not as good as the original. I can't imagine this one will be any better than the original either. Maybe they're over-saturating the NCIS franchise (much like CSI). How about a series starring the team from CGIS who we see once or twice every season? Or how about Army CID or Air Force OSI? Mix it up a bit. If they insist on doing another NCIS series, how about NCIS: Naples? Overseas locations would be the perfect backdrop for trouble and debauchery. JAG used to do episodes that took place all over the world. NCIS rarely does that. Maybe they should……

  • D.R. in Louisiana

    NCIS: New Orleans? I enjoy the entire franchise from JAG to Los Angles, but what is the purpose of this branch? I get that NCIS handles just about everything on the East Coast and wherever that may take them and that NCIS: Los Angles is like the undercover ops branch dealing with California. True there are enough bases along the Gulf of Mexico to deserve attention, I don't see an entire series worth though, but I could be wrong. I'll be watching to see. Good luck!!!!!