As NCIS chugs into its 12th season Tuesday (8/7c, CBS), creator Gary Glasberg says he's taking a back-to-basics approach for the upcoming year. After so many major event episodes last season — the departure of Ziva (Cote de Pablo), the introduction of Bishop (Emily Wickersham), the NCIS: New Orleans backdoor pilot, and a tribute episode to Ralph Waite — Glasberg says he's excited to be entering a more character-driven run.
NCIS: New Orleans was never supposed to be a series.
But that changed when NCIS creator Gary Glasberg — with a little nudge from star Mark Harmon — got swept away by the city's food, culture, music and overall charm. And meeting D'Wayne Swear, the real-life NCIS agent on whom Scott Bakula's NCIS: New Orleans character is based, didn't hurt either.
If you're seeking a metaphor for acting, you couldn't do much better than the body-jumping premise of Quantum Leap. In the 21 years since that series went off the air, its star, Scott Bakula, has leaped into a striking array of characters, with an initial emphasis on more sci-fi (Star Trek: Enterprise) eventually offset by a turn toward naturalistic dramedy (Men of a Certain Age). But playing a cop on a network procedural? Inexplicably, that seemingly inevitable move had proven a leap too far.
This oversight has finally been rectified with Bakula's role as the lead in NCIS: New Orleans, premiering on CBS Sept. 23 in the coveted Tuesday time slot immediately following the franchise's flagship series...
Melrose Place alum Stephanie Jacobsen is joining the cast of NCIS as a "flirtatious" FBI agent who works with Tony (Michael Weatherly) on a case involving a terrorist threat against Navy researchers, TVGuide.com has confirmed.
Does this mean Tony's finally moving on from Ziva (Cote de Pablo)?
The latest installment in the NCIS franchise, NCIS: New Orleans, premieres this fall on CBS. But viewers have already gotten an introduction to the crew down in the Big Easy thanks to a two-part episode that aired this spring as part of the original NCIS.
In the video below — which is exclusive to TVGuide.com and will also be available as part of the NCIS Season 11 DVD set, out Tuesday — executive producer Gary Glasberg and other members of the show's production team explain how the two-part episode came together, and offer a behind-the-scenes look at the planning process that went into creating NCIS: New Orleans.