“NCIS: New Orleans,” the spin-off of the hit CBS series “NCIS,” will premiere on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 9 p.m. EDT. The show was set up by two episodes in “NCIS” Season 11 that established New Orleans based Special Agent Dwayne Pride (Scott Bakula). The series is the second spin-off of “NCIS” after “NCIS: Los Angeles premiered in 2009.
Here are 5 reasons to watch Tuesday night’s premiere of “NCIS: New Orleans”:
1. New Orleans
“NCIS: New Orleans” is shot on location in the Louisiana City and the surrounding bayou region. The setting is a fairly exotic locale for the popular franchise to go to and may be following on the heels of the success of HBO’s “True Detective,” which was also set in the area. But “NCIS: New Orleans” will be the region’s biggest platform yet. The network show has gone through great lengths to capture the New Orleans attitude from the production design, to the locations, to music and jokes.
2. King Me
“NCIS: New Orleans will center on Special Agent Dwayne “King” Pride (Scott Bakula) who first appeared in the 18th and 19th episodes of “NCIS” Season 11 when that show came to the Big Easy for a stint to set up the spin-off. Pride will be joined by Special Agent Christopher LaSalle (Lucas Black) and medical examiner Loretta Wade (C.C.H. Pounder), as well as forensic scientist Sebastian Lund (Rob Kerkovich). The introduction to the new setting for fans will be newcomer to the team Merri Brody (Zoe McLellan), who will need to get adjusted to life in New Orleans.
3. 'NCIS' Meets 'NCIS: New Orleans'
Both shows exist in the same world according to the producers, and there will be some crossover fun for fans in the early episodes. “NCIS” veteran David McCallum will reprise his role Doctor Donald "Ducky" Mallard in the premiere and “NCIS’s” Pauley Perrette and Michael Weatherly will appear in episode 2 as Abby Sciuto and Anthony DiNozzo.
4. Things Get Personal
The synopsis for the “NCIS: New Orleans” premiere has been released and reveals that the new show’s first case will be a personal one for Special Agent Pride. The body of a petty officer who was once mentored by Pride is found and the murder is connected to gang members.
With the show’s setting in New Orleans, the characters are sporting some nice bayou accents. Scott Bakula has a relatively toned down New Orleans draw, but Lucas Black, a true New Orleans native, is not holding anything back. Fans will enjoy listening to the cast blend into their surroundings.
Watch the promo for "NCIS: New Orleans" below:
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