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.
The cast of NCIS: New Orleans has called The Big Easy home for the past several months while they've been filming the latest entrant into the NCIS franchise. But how well do they really know the city?
VIDEO: Go inside the morgue of NCIS: New Orleans
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...
NCIS: New Orleans is filling out its ranks.
Chasing Life's Rob Kerkovich has been tapped to play...
CBS has released trailers for its new series, including procedural spin-off NCIS: New Orleans, the Kevin Williamson drama Stalker, and comedy The McCarthys. Check out the first looks below: