NCIS: LA Two-Parter to Set Up Possible Spin-Off

NCIS Los AngelesAnd the NCIS gods keep on giving.

Onetime NCIS boss/current NCIS: Los Angeles showrunner Shane Brennan is developing a spin-off of the hit procedural’s original spin-off, our sister site Deadline reports.

The as-yet-untitled offshoot will first be glimpsed as a two-part episode of NCIS: LA airing later this season — making it a “planted pilot,” as NCIS: LA itself was — and follow a mobile team of agents who live and work together as they cross the country solving crimes. (If it doesn’t wind up called NCIS: Mobile or NCIS: Criminal Minds, I’ll eat my hat.)

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NCIS proper of course is TV’s most watched drama series, while NCIS: LA, Deadline notes, commands one of the highest syndication licensing fees for a drama series.

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126 Comments
  1. Superhero says:

    Ugh…

  2. Stacey says:

    So are we going to have Tuesday night next season completely populated with NCIS properties LOL?. They have been having difficulty with the 10 p.m. hour. This could be interesting. LA works. Very different from the original NCIS. Gotta love that this would be a spinoff from a spinoff that was a spinoff from a spinoff of JAG LOL. It keeps going!

  3. Nero theTVFiddler says:

    When all you have is a hammer, every opportunity looks like a nail.

  4. Kasper F. Nielsen says:

    I don’t understand the success of NCIS: LA. I like NCIS, but I just don’t get the appeal of NCIS: LA…

    • I disagree with you entirely. I like NCIS:LA about a million times better than NCIS. I think the characters are much more likable, the stories are more engaging without the exacerbated patriotism, and, most of all, the pace is so, so much better. NCIS is slower and has no action. Lately, it bores me! It ends up one of the last shows I watch, by the end of the week when there’s nothing better on.

      • Cam3150 says:

        I also much prefer NCIS LA to the other. I really have grown to love that show and the characters. I hope this spin off doesn’t take anyone from the show.

      • Elizabeth says:

        So. Much. This. “NCIS: LA” is must see TV in our house. “NCIS” is when I get to it TV.

      • Brandon says:

        They are two totally different concepts. NCIS is more of a cop-ish show whild LA is an undercover show. Both deal with Navy and terrorists but they shouldn’t be compared.

      • DL says:

        I’m also in the NCIS: LA preferring camp. It has all the great banter and cast chemistry that makes the original NCIS great, plus it totally amps up the entertainment value. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a particularly good show in terms of artistry (but what on CBS is, aside from TGW?). But every time I watch it, I find it’s just one of the most fun hours of television I see all week. That’s it. It’s just really, really fun and entertaining popcorn TV.

      • IlyCarolxxx says:

        I totally agree with you on that. I used to be a fanatic of NCIS, but then I got bored ’cause I didn’t find any excitement in it. Then it came NCIS:LA,I wasn’t so interested on it, but as it wen to season 2, I started watching everyday.

    • Jim says:

      I’ve got 2 words for you, Danielle Ruah! I’d watch her reading the phone book. I like both series. NCIS is more serious, while NCIS LA has more humor & action.

      Plus, Danielle Ruah, need I say more?

    • Renee says:

      When NCIS was written with more humor and repartee it was similar to NCIS LA. But almost all the humor is gone for NCIS now which I truly regret.

    • Angela says:

      Same here, it is not remotely an interesting show at all, the original is better.

      So we’re going to have a spin off of a spinoff of a spinoff has that happened before, first NCIS spunoff from JAG, then LA from NCIS, then this wow lol

    • Jamey says:

      We dont watch NCIS but the entire family watches NCIS:LA. great show and great characters!

  5. Tracy Comito says:

    NCIS will never compare to Criminal Minds!!!!! <3 my Shemar Moore <3

  6. Ashley says:

    I love both, but I think three will be pushing it. Spin-offs are lucky to succeed and their most recent attempt was a failure. It’s hard to take the same formula that already works and slap it on a new locale, a new team, and get people to respond well. NCIS and NCIS: LA already work. A third will just be like that cousin that you take to prom and ignore the rest of the time so that no one realizes you took your cousin to prom.

    • Ashley says:

      To clarify, I mean they failed with the Criminal Minds spin-off.

      • Chuck Finley (AJ) says:

        You can blame that on casting a left wing liberal nut on a show that mostly older people watch.

        • Alex says:

          Or perhaps it was because they aired the first couple of episodes of the series out of order? Not having a cohesive storyline (because of that) is probably what mostly contributed to the Criminal Minds spinoff’s demise.

        • DL says:

          I’d blame it on Forrest Whitaker’s completely phoned in performance, Beau Garrett’s wooden acting, a laughable title (it was basically called Criminal Mind: Criminal Minds), and a complete lack of chemistry for the team. I don’t think TV viewers care too much about actor’s politics. The fact is it was just a poorly conceived show.

          • hotshot says:

            @DL – you said what I was going to say – it’s been a long time since I saw a show with so little chemistry amongst its cast. I tried to give it a try but no go. Awful writing. Worse casting.

    • Jerri says:

      How many CSIs are floating around currently? and how many there was at one point?

    • Dani says:

      I kind of have to agree with Ashley. I think “three NCIS’s” is a bit much. Please…don’t go down the road of CSI or L&O. It’s not even necessary :( I think they’re only doing this because CBS knows NCIS (the mothership) doesn’t have much longer on the air (I think it’s time for it to bow out anyways..especially after Tony & Ziva hook up). NCIS LA is gaining in popularity & it’s a very good show on its own. I think it will move into 8:00 spot on Tuesday nights.

      • ben says:

        NCIS is still performing well in the ratings. I have a feeling it will survive as long as they keep Gibbs, Tony & Ziva (non-NCIS watcher talking). Although I’m sure this is in the back of their mind, I think they would be equally happy to keep three going if they all got good ratings.

        • DL says:

          Nah, it’s the whole team. Abby probably most of all other than the three you mentioned, and Duckie and McGee too. Even Palmer. Vance is the only one I can think of that I wouldn’t miss.

          • Stacy says:

            I agree. I don’t even watch it anymore, but I think it’s the whole team dynamic that works for them. I think Abby and Gibbs the most – he’s the leader/father figure, she’s the heart & humor. Tony and Ziva are fun characters on their own, but they really play to the shipper side of the show. Like you, Vance is the only absence that would go mostly unnoticed.

        • Dani says:

          NCIS is certainly performing “steady” indeed, but I agree with what others are trying to say (at least from my interpretation). NCIS IS in its twilight years as a series, and it has plateaued somewhat. It happens to all aging shows, naturally. Because of the fact that NCIS is supposed to be “Character-Driven” like Glasberg says, I don’t see this series continuing “on and on” – I don’t think that would be wise for NCIS, because of where certain characters in the show currently stand. There needs to be a change for them; they deserve to move on with their lives, and get out from under Gibbs’ shadow – just as people normally progress in their real lives. I’d like to see Tony take on the Team Leader role, now. He’s too old to still be trailing after Gibbs. Borin mentioned that very recently in “Lost at Sea”. Abby is getting to old to be so childish in her role as a Forensic Scientist. I’d like to see her lose the bangs, Farting Bert & the pigtails, and find someone nice to settle down with. The “show” may still be doing well, but the CHARACTERS run the risk of becoming stuck in their roles if the show doesn’t end sooner than later. JMO.

      • Steph says:

        NCIS isn’t going anywhere. At least for few years. CBS would be insanely stupid to get rid of it.

      • hotshot says:

        NCIS lost its way over the past 2 or 3 seasons. They completely got away from their original formula for success. However, they were hearing it from their fans and this season they seem to be trying to recover that great balance of action and comedy/cast antics that made them a hit. That being said, not sure how much longer Mark Harmon will want to go to work every day. It he decides not to renew his current contract and to retire, the show’s over. It has been 10 years…
        Maybe CBS knows something we don’t and is preparing to fill the void that will be left by the end of the NCIS mothership?

  7. Sara says:

    I love that a show that was originally canceled by its first network has had this many spin-offs come from it. Way to go, JAG. NBC cancelled it after its first season and CBS picked it up, if I remember correctly. It is the gift that just keeps on giving.

  8. NCIS was also a planted pilot – it spun out of JAG when it ended.

    • Doug-H says:

      Actual history was that NCIS started and at first followed JAG on Tuesdays…. As JAG aged and its demo started falling off, it was kicked to Fridays and NCIS took over its 8pm Tuesday slot where it has thrived.. JAG ratings ended up tanking on Fridays and it was over after 10 seasons which NCIS is matching this year.. While it was a planted pilot, none of the Jag characters other than Bud while JAG was still on the air appear even in early seasons.. Maybe, what this spin-off within a spin-off can circle around and have some JAG characters show up…

  9. Cookie says:

    So this will be a spinoff of a spinoff of a spinoff. Good work, CBS.

  10. Mandy says:

    I was just thinking this show needs Jason Dorhing. Make this happen!!!! Rachel Griffiths would also be an excellent choice. I adore her in everything.

  11. I had a feeling this would happen. I mean, if they can have three CSI’s, then I can see them having three NCIS’s. It was only a matter of time. But what is this? NCIS: Suspect Behaviour? NCIS: Unsub?

    • cookie kirk says:

      If Deeks is to be in the spin off then bring Gil Greshom in as his Heddy. I would love that.He has such a strong tv presence.

  12. João Amaral says:

    Even with NCIS:LA being the only procedural i watch, i’m not a fan of this. This type of shows is killing real TV dramas.

  13. Iron Ice says:

    i think we are being Inceptioned.

  14. Boiler says:

    Yea this is exactly what we need:(

  15. diane says:

    I prefer NCISLA, but another NCIS is not needed. Maybe they are thinking of putting the original out to pasture in a few years.

  16. Michelle Kufs says:

    NCIS: Suspect Behavior

  17. lily says:

    I love NCIS but ANOTHER spin-off seem to far, it would be a spin-off of a spin-off or a spin-off. The “original recipe” NCIS is a spin-off of JAG!!

  18. L says:

    Would like them to remember that these shows originated on JAG.. would be cool for them to bring those guys back for a special sweeps episode.

    • Midori004 says:

      I agree with this completely!

      They should just wait 3-4 years when it becomes clear the mother ship can’t go on forever and take some of the characters from it that want to stay and then do a spinoff.

  19. Midori004 says:

    Just start adding NCIS to everything. A show doing badly? Just add NCIS and the masses will be stupid enough to watch it.

    How about NCIS: CSI: NYC?

  20. Doug says:

    I’m okay with this. I generally like the type of dramas CBS makes enough to watch them. They’re going to make a procedural one way or another, why not tie it to a “world” we’re already invested in? It creates opportunities for the shows to interact too (though its not necessary, since H50 is sort of part of the “family” now, despite not being ‘spun off.’ Just be glad these aren’t coming writers, or they would be retconning things and JAG, NCIS et al would be ‘spin offs’ of the original H50… hah.

  21. Alicia L. says:

    Don’t do it! I love both of the shows and JAG, but come on! Instead just have a three part crossover episode with NCIS, Criminal Minds, and NCIS LA. A case that would start around D.C. and cross multiple stateline and then go onto L.A. and the profilers would catch wind of it and help out and they would have one character from each shows appear in all three to tie it together!

  22. Zorkel567 says:

    I love both NCIS and NCIS: LA. Have all seasons on DVD. As long as it has great scenarios, good humor, and interesting characters, this could be good. NCIS: LA worked because it used NCIS as its template, but went off in its own direction. If NCIS3 can have its own quirks and interesting bits, this could seriously work.

  23. Eric says:

    It seems to work for everything else so here goes- NCIS: Community NCIS: Nashville NCIS:Parenthood

  24. ~Serena~ says:

    I absolutely LOVE NCISLA!! It has the perfect balance of drama, crime, humour and team chemistry. Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J are an odd pairing but they are the reason I watch the show.

    I’m neutral with regards to another spin-off, so long as it doesn’t change anything in NCISLA and that it won’t affect the viewer numbers and ratings for NCISLA.

  25. June says:

    Criminal Minds is okay , but it gets a little bit to gruesome for me i don’t care what know nobody says , Ncis Las Angeles is a much better show than Criminal Minds.

  26. Ant says:

    I’d watch it

  27. Keenan says:

    I’ll watch a spinoff if it’s Hetty traveling around the world kicking ass!

    • arial2 says:

      Now that would be cool. I like that NCIS LA has a different focus than NCIS, otherwise I probably might not be as invested as I am. On second thought, it’s got Linda Hunt, so I’d watch that talented actor in any show (plus I have to give them props for finally allowing me to stop thinking of Chris O’Donnell as Robin, the Boy Wonder; it’s taken years to get that image out of my head). I think the key to their success in both series is including characters of all ages and talents plus good writing.

  28. Jerri says:

    So a spin off of a spin off of a spin off? (Since NCIS itself is sort of a spin off from JAG)

  29. J says:

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the spinoff coincides with or precedes (by a season) the end of NCIS the original. Even though it’s so successful, it can’t go on forever. That’s what happened with JAG.

    • Chuck Finley (AJ) says:

      I thought about posting something along these lines but thought better of it in the end. If they intended to end the mothership they would spinoff some of the main characters into a new show. Besides, they have more than a few good years left. CSI has been on longer with no sign of stopping yet.

    • Jake says:

      Probably not. NCIS is still kicking butt. It’s got more than a few years left in it.

  30. BenM says:

    I actually watch NCIS and NCIS: LA, and like them both. The problem with all this, a third show will almost definitely dilute the brand. Even if it’s great, viewer fatigue will set in and the numbers would drop for the vanilla and L.A. They did it with CSI and now they’re doing it to this franchise.

  31. Lindsey says:

    For love of God no more!!! You doing great with two you have CBS… Don’t overcompensate for lack of originality with another spin-off

  32. Shaun says:

    Didn’t we already have a crime solving group?If it wasn’t for you meddling kids…..

  33. Gaara says:

    Ugh -_- Whatever, if you ask me LA shouldn’t have “NCIS” in the name at all, since y’ know the real NCIS doesn’t have a OSP, a undercover division or anything like that. But alas, famous brands and easy money.. Me, I’ll stick with the good old NCIS, thank-you-very-much. Good luck when the mothership will go off air.

    • estefania says:

      agree and original NCIS always will be the best, I respect preference of other , but humior, action special and big chemistry have only NCIS Original, that was created by donald belisario, he had creative to do all dear characters and shannen brenan created NCIS LA and maybe this another spin off, those haven’t essential of Original also brennan copied essential of NCIS characters for doing other of him. La is good , but another spin off won’t good, but NCIS IS THE BEST FOREVER , and again say I respect other opinion and I hope respect me

  34. Stephanie says:

    I’m skeptical about this. Mind you, I said the same of NCIS:LA when I first heard about it and I wound up loving it, but still, I really have my doubts about a third spin-off here.

  35. Sean Chen says:

    omfg please do not make it a NCIS New York or NCIS Miami because it will turn out to be a piece of crap like csi miami and new york

  36. laura says:

    what about… NCIS: Abroad. ??

  37. NCIS itself was a JAG spin-off
    It’ s going to be the most expanded universe in Tv history ( Ncis LA also had a crossover episode with Hawaii five O)
    The only universe so wide was the Er with Third Watch and Medical investigation with Neal McDonough

  38. Kathy says:

    Ok, so there will be another spinoff JAG, which NBC wished it never cancelled. But remember about over doing a franchise. Law and Order comes to my mind. I remember four: Law and Order, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, Law and Order: Trial By Jury, and Law and Order: Criminal Intent, and now there is only one.

  39. Cottage101 says:

    JOSH HOLLOWAY BACK ON MY TV!!! Don’t really care in what show he’s in, as long as he’s somewhere every week :D
    Also, I’d like to see what they can come up with for this show. As long as they don’t change NCIS: LA I’m cool with it. We’ll see what they make of it. Who knows? Maybe it’ll be fun?

  40. ragincajun says:

    I’m actually happy about the news of the NCIS spinoff. Shane Brennen is one of the best and most underappreciated producers on TV right now, unlike that talentless hack Shonda Rhymes, and anything that gives him the opportunity to have another show on the tube is fine by me. CBS had one of his pilots, King & Maxwell, that was in consideration for this fall, and TNT picked it up. I thought CBS should have gone ahead with it and introduced the characters on one of the NCIS’ to set up a backdoor spinoff for it. However, the key for the new spinoff, just like NCIS and NCIS: LA, is the casting. They have to hire some actors who have chemistry from the get-go.

  41. Silvia says:

    WHAT THE HELL IS CBS THINKING! I’m so not going to watch this. The only way I am going to watch it is when they bring someone in I want to see back on my screen. But I don’t think that will happen.

  42. Jan says:

    Enough already! It’s overkill, just like “CSI”. None compares to the originals.

  43. Eric says:

    Just let me know when they introduce the Precogs.

  44. Elyse says:

    Maybe everyone should wait until they watch the 2 part episode with the planted pilot to get their panties in a bunch.

  45. Carrie says:

    “as they travel across the country solving crimes…” WTF? Are they like guns for hire or something? Have badge will travel? Sounds rather silly to me.

  46. Leo Lorusso says:

    sarah wayne callies!

  47. M says:

    A spin-off of a spin-off of a spin-off (say that five times fast!). How long until JAG is rebooted? LOL

  48. Mel says:

    Is Shane Brennan hell-bent on single-handedly ruining the NCIS franchise? His specialty seems to be changing beloved characters to something unrecognizable (Ziva,Tony,McGee,Gibbs),and then dumping the problem in someone else’s lap to try to “fix” while he goes onto the next show. More is not better, Mr Brennan. Spend more time and attention trying to get “one” show the best it can be before you go off to reproduce another.