Exclusive: NCIS' Latest Spin-Off - Meet the Team!

Patriot ActsAs we await the episode of NCIS: LA in which we’re introduced to the jet-setting do-gooders who’ll populate the proposed spin-off, details are beginning to leak — and juicy ones at that. How juicy? We can now tell you who (at least a few of) the characters are!

Paris: This Special Agent is a twice-divorced badass who is as sexy as she is tough and as smart as she is sexy. In other words, she is formidable on just about every level. Her one weakness? Though she’s part of a team, she works best when she works alone.

Roy: Though he is (not-at-all-willingly) retired from active duty, this former Special Agent is still employed as the group’s Operations Manager. However, it’s widely acknowledged that he is nonetheless their shrewdest investigator.

Danny: The team’s forensic specialist (and resident oddball) is an ex-NYPD detective who has a little skill at a lotta things. Except driving. Apparently, at that, he has no skill whatsoever!

Clara: Not only a brainiac, lawyer, photographer and military junkie, this Special Agent is also supermodel gorgeous. In her eyes, though, she’s just the tomboy next door.

Kai: The group’s young IT guy apparently is so bright — thanks, MIT! — he doesn’t just say “Did you try rebooting?” like ours does when someone brings him a computer problem. No wonder they all love him like a kid brother.

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  1. tali says:

    a female lead? well, I like that

    • Dani says:

      Me too – hopefully it’s an actress we’ve never seen before on any NCIS episode; it sounds like it’s going to be a lot of fun. :) I’m also glad that Shane Brennan, the Master storyteller himself, is running this “new op” too. NCIS/LA has been a joy to watch (it’s always fresh & exciting, which I truly miss about Shane’s brand of storytelling), along with NCIS.

    • Ehhh says:

      Look what happened the last time they tried a female lead.
      This won’t last. It’s Criminal Minds : Suspect Behaviour done NCIS style.

      • Nubie says:

        @Ehhh You make a good point, but to be fair, CBS HAS to do something soon, regarding the “NCIS Dynasty”, if you will. The original series (as much I as I enjoy it as a fan) WILL be ending sooner than later, exactly as it should – like it or not – especially at the rate we’re going with the characters. All things have to end sometime. Therefore, CBS is wisely planning ahead by setting up a successor to NCIS & NCIS:LA combined – at leas that’s what this show sounds like. There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s a smart business decision, and Mr. Brennan has more than proven himself very capable of successful “NCIS” procedurals, as he was/is heavily involved with the current two. The Network made the decision, and that’s that. Best of luck to them. I enjoy the freshness of NCIS:LA, so I’ll be tuning in to see what they can do with this new one. :) I’m willing to give it a chance, at least.

  2. Mercedes says:

    Wow, sounds like every NCIS/procedural line-up ever.

  3. Esaul says:

    Interesting. Not sure how I feel on Danny. Doesn’t feel original enough.

  4. JennyS says:

    What about Carrie-Ann Moss for Paris?

  5. Suekay says:

    Paris – Jenny Sheppard?
    Roy – Mike Franks?
    Danny – Cross between Abby and Tony?
    Clara – Cross between Kensi and Ziva?
    Kai – McGee or Eric?

  6. Think1959 says:

    I would love to Richard Dean Anderson as the Roy chacator. The rest I have now ideas about. Have wanted RDA on NCIS as a friend to Gibbs for years. Would love to at least see him as a co agent.

    • Kvivik says:

      Oooooh. RDA is an awesome idea!!!!!

    • Byktae says:

      Yes; Good idea.
      A little petition for Richard Dean Anderson

    • I AGREE

    • John says:

      Would love to see RDA on NCIS as a regular, but have you seen him lately? He may be okay for a guest role but I don’t think he would be able to do a regular tv spot.

      • Great Idea! says:

        True RDA fans, such as ourselves, are not concerned with the extra weight he’s put on. Besides, Mark Harmon has chunked up quite a bit and is practically a walking cripple himself. Haven’t you noticed his rather marked left knee adduction? That’s why you don’t see him filmed from the waist, down too often, especially when he’s moving around. In any event, RDA can still sell it every bit as good as Harmon, and I think it would be great casting, especially since MH and RDA were always pitted against each other in the old Battle of the Network Stars competitions back in the 70’s and 80’s.

  7. Katie Hart says:

    My Whedonverse dream team: Paris – Eliza Dushku. Roy – James Marsters (probably a little young for the role, though he is 50 now). Danny – Nicholas Brendan. Clara – Amy Acker. Kai – Fran Kranz.

    • Svenja says:

      OMG ahaha now THAT would actually make me watch that show. Huge Buffy and NCIS fan here. I am not planning on watching unless one of the actors is somebody I adore (which are mostly Whedonverse actors)

    • RJ says:

      Love this. Can we find a place for Anthony Stewart Head as well, now that Merlin is ending? And maybe Enver Jokai (sp?).

    • Lambsilencer says:

      Yet another sexy, kick-ass heroine for Eliza Dushku? It’s getting old, to be honest. Her next show should be something completely different.

  8. Bradley Adams says:

    So Paris’ weakness is basically Callen.2? Steal his features why don’t they?

  9. Vlada says:

    Good job CBS! U r getting more and more boring! Is there any good drama on CBS except ”The Good Wife”?

  10. Winter says:

    Some out of the box tries here –

    Roy – Josh Holloway or Wood Harris

    Clara – Sophia Bush (Though I’m betting on Summer Glau or Eliza Dushku)

    Kai – an unknown/newbie

    Danny – Ken Leung or Alan Tudyk

    And if Paris is the lead, they need an established name. So female movie person….my dream choice? —- Diane Lane

    • Lore says:

      Josh Holloway will be amazing! Diane Lane i liker but i think she is a little old but he role, and Alan Tudyk NO WAY, he is in Suburgatory and i love him there

  11. J.P. says:

    Nothing can compare to the original NCIS team.

  12. Liana in San Diego says:

    I love the NCIS shows- all of them. I sure would love to see Adam Baldwin cast in something like this. He’s phenomenal! Or Josh Holloway. I’ll wait to see who they cast, to see if I will commit to this new spin-off or not

  13. lori says:

    – Kristen Bell or Sara Shahi (Vegas,Fairly Legal)-paris; Enrico Colantoni (Veronica Mars, Flashpoint)-Roy;Alan Tudyk (Firefly) as Danny; Morena Baccarin (V,Firefly)- Clara. ADAM Brody (TheOC) -Kai

  14. Rueben says:

    Paris – Lucy Lawless
    Roy – Scott Bakula
    Danny – Enver Gjokaj
    Clara – Laura Vandervoort
    Kai – a newcomer

    • Winter says:

      Please, not Scott Bakula. Maybe Clarke Peters?

      • sladewilson says:

        Clarke Peters would be an excellent choice. Esp. since Treme is winding down and he is the “secret big bad” on POI (I can’t even call it recurring – he’s only showed up once.). Kill him off POI and use him for the NCIS spinoff – as Roy, he’d be absolutely perfect…

    • Cara says:

      I will watch anything with Enver Gjokaj. Anything.
      Even an unnecessary and likely sub-par (at best) spin-off.

  15. Svenja says:

    So this is really happening right? I mean the characters sound good and everything but I don’t like that they are trying to turn NCIS into the next CSI *sigh*

    • Bradley Adams says:

      Agreed. NCIS is good at the original and Los Angeles. They don’t need another one.

    • estefania says:

      I second that, this sound good, but never compare to original NCiS and its characters and special chemistry , later 10 years till our dear NCIS continues to be the best , for this special thing that has … stop CBS please , many people said brennan is great showrunner, that is right, but Gary Glasberg also, but don’t forget that creative of this great show is DONALD BELLISARIO and without him , we don’t have a great show with the deep storylines about character and no cases… and its mix between drama, action, humor, that other shows have tried to copy I LOVE SO MUCH AND LOYAL TO NCIS ORIGINAL AND LIKE LA , but please stop

      • Svenja says:

        I second your post *sigh*. I really don’t like how CBS is trying to take full advantage of NCIS and make 10000 shows about it. I know it’s great and successful but they should have learned from the CSI situation.

        • sammy says:

          Its smart. They are looking to the future. NCIS isnt gonna make it to season 19. It definitely not done, but its not going forever. They need to find something to keep the procedural shows going. Look at NBC and FOX they waited till after a hit show (HOUSE, THE OFFICE) is out to find a replacement. If the show works I think its a smart move. They want to keep the NCIS name going because its a CBS trademark. It’s part of their brand.

  16. Robin says:

    A spinoff of a spinoff. How original.

    • ESull says:

      …of a spinoff. JAG->NCIS->NCIS: LA-> THIS. But who am I kidding? I’ll still give it a shot.

    • Shannon says:

      Don’t forget NCIS is a spin-off of JAG. So really this would be spin-off of a spin-off of a spin-off!

    • JC says:

      Well, since NCIS is a spinoff of JAG, I guess it’s a spinoff of a spinoff of a spinoff. :)

      I remember when NCIS first started and everyone thought it was “JAG meets CSI”.

  17. JC says:

    I say Jennifer Beals for the lead.

  18. Ana says:

    It doesn’t sound very original at all. But if they cast Jennifer Beals in the lead I am in!

  19. Scott says:

    Love the original, love the LA cast and its chemistry. But I don’t think it has really differentiated itself. Sometimes I ask why Deeks, Kensi, et al don’t wear the ball caps and windbreakers. More often than not it suffers from Dead Marine of the Week syndrome.

  20. xav says:

    SPINCEPTION. A spin-off of a spin-off of a spin-off.

    • Mcat says:

      Except inception is NOT a dream within a dream… inception is the planting of an idea into a dreaming mind. Nice try, though.

  21. JC says:

    I’m probably not saying anything we don’t all know here, but NCIS and NCIS LA succeed because of the chemistry of their cast, not because of the originality of their storytelling. It took NCIS LA a couple of seasons to get their formula right, but I think they work really well now. So….I think this 3rd NCIS could work – it’s just really going to depend on who’s cast. But I’m not going to throw it out just because it’s the third one. The third CSI ended up being my favorite after all. That reminds me – Melina Kanakaredes might be a good choice for the lead too, if she were willing to come back to CBS.

  22. cuius says:

    To be filmed in deep-saturated color and based in Miami….

  23. Becca says:

    Until he lands a role, every new show I shall shoehorn Tom Welling into so…batter up, for Danny. Get him out of his wheelhouse. He pulled off very different characters when he played Lionel Luthor, Clark Luthor, and Bizarro. He had great comedic timing which Smallville never utilized enough.

    The others….hmm, I like someone else’s suggestion of RDA as Roy (partly because I watched an old Battle of the Network stars recently and RDA and Mark Harmon competed against each other).

    I’d need to ruminate a little more on the other roles to come up with a dream cast.

  24. Jeff says:

    Jennifer Beals or Paige Turco for Paris. Titus Welliverfor Roy. Omar Epps or Richard Speight for Danny. Devin Kelley for Clara. Jesse Plemons for Kai.

    • Josh says:

      Paige Turco actually sounds like a good idea. She’s great on Person Of Interest, and I think she has the talent and the experience for a show like this.

      Also, I would love the see Kate Hudson, but she’ll probably be out of her genre. Or Uma Thurman… maybe Jordana Spiro, after The Mob Doctor’s (inevitable) cancellation.

  25. j says:

    Based on nothing but the above character description, I ask this question: How quickly do you think they’ll kill off Kai?

  26. John says:

    I’d watch this, NCIS-adjacent clone and all versus any of the reality/dancing/ caterwauling dreck.

  27. Lasia says:

    I think Kim Raver would be a good fit for the role of Paris.

  28. ChuckieChk says:

    Paris – Michelle Pfeiffer, Brooke Shields, Marg Helgenberger, or Sarah Michelle Gellar
    Roy – Richard Dean Anderson
    Danny – Tom Welling
    Clara – Nia Long or Allison Mack
    Kai – BooBoo Stewart or Vincent Martella (from Everybody Hates Chris)

  29. JC says:

    How about Erica Cerra for Clara?

  30. pashektu says:

    Any hints at who they’re have signed for or are hoping to sign for the roles?? That would be juicy info !

  31. Dan says:

    Paris – Jennifer Beals, Lucy Lawless or Erica Durance
    Clara – Yvonne Strahovski

  32. Byktae says:

    For me:
    Paris: Mary-Louise Parker, Lisa Edelstein or Katee Sackhoff
    Roy: richard dean anderson, Crispin Glover, stephen lang,Adam Baldwin Dougray scott or edward james olmos
    Danny: Andrew-Lee Potts;Kristoffer Polaha, Brendan Fehr; Jay Harrington, Jason O’Mara (on Vegas), Zachary Levi or Ryan McPartlin
    Kai: Andrew-Lee Potts, John Cho or Donald Glover
    Clara: Amber Tamblyn or Britt Robertson

    • Lambsilencer says:

      Amber Tamblyn might work for Clara, but Britt Robertson? No. She’s way too cute and girly to be a military junkie – or a Special Agent for that matter. And she’s too young to be an agent of a team like that.

  33. Dreamrose says:

    I know this is TV and all, but why do they feel the need to have all the female characters be sexy hot supermodels? They’re Navy cops, after all, not beauty pageant contestants. And are all IT folks young MIT whippersnappers? No middle-aged programmers with ties and pocket protectors?

    To be fair, though, these are just basic character descriptions and are subject to change.

  34. ragincajun says:

    Paris – Lucy Lawless
    Roy – Dennis Haysbert
    Danny – Adam Rodriguez
    Clara – Ewa de Cruz
    Kai – Billy Magnusson

    I also have to admit that I immediately thought of Josh Holloway when I first heard news of this spinoff, but he really doesn’t fit the description of any of these characters. So, CBS needs to go after him for the Beverly Hills Cop series. With his comedic timing and his ability to be a kickass action star, it could be the perfect vehicle for his return to TV.

  35. Cleo says:

    Why they’re promoting this new show as NCIS’ latest spin-off if, according to a judge, NCIS doesn’t have any spin-off, because NCIS LA is not related to DPB’s show? *confused*

    • estefania says:

      this judge is a wrong, because NCIS LA is a Idea of shannen brennan , but not bellisario, but LA was based in original NCIS , if this wouldn’t have spin off of original, so why shannen brennan presented his new team in NCIS original…please LA and anothe spin off born of original..only different is brennan created this spin off

  36. Jim says:

    Enough of these brainless procedurals already!!!!

  37. I feel very strongly that they should let Eric Millegan audition for the geek part again. They skipped him for NCIS:LA and the result spoke for itself. :P

    No opinion on rest of the cast, except that it shouldn’t be Sarah Shahi. She can play Life or Fairly Legal, but if you’ve seen her on talk shows you’ll see that she truly shines as a curvaceous buxom sex magnet, and that should really be her “archetype”. Not that she can’t be intelligent, but OTT sexiness should be key to the description… genius cartel matriarch type perhaps?

  38. Mimi says:

    Judging from the description of the characters this show looks more like a B movie full of hot sex bombs and some nice guys than a procedual drama about a real federal agency. These characters look like a lame copy of DPB’s characters. Any original idea, Mr. Brennan? No? *sigh*

  39. estefania says:

    please CBS stop doing this, it will be better if you worry about its actors and actress of original NCIS , they deserve more attention, better salaries , and prizes , they are the biggest fandom , not only in USA , but around of the worlds, its fans are so loyal and love so much, also they are so talent

  40. Chicago Dan says:

    JAG > NCIS > LA > Spinoff NOTHING COMPARED All in the Family:
    AITF > Maude > Good Times
    AITF > Jefferson > Checking In
    AITF . Archie Bunker’s Place > Gloria > 704 Hauser Street

    • Here in my home we’ll have NCIS:LA over NCIS any day of the week! The storylines are more engaging, it’s much more action-filled, the characters are more compelling.

      • estefania says:

        well this is Idea of brennan , but original has more deep storilines, but the action is good, but this is will boring in a point, at least you love so much the action

        • Deep is relative. Really. Just because it’s military it doesn’t mean it will touch everyone. Not everyone is military ruled. NCIS has some pretty awesome and deep stories, too. But it’s also action packed.

  41. Mcat says:

    I shouldn’t be surprised, but… Both female character descriptions heavily drive home the point that they are “sexy”, “gorgeous”, “supermodels”, but NONE of the male character descriptions say anything about looks? Stay classy, CBS.

  42. Sheldon W. says:

    Paris: I like the idea of Jennifer Beals for Paris, but Lena Headey would be fun, too, and she doesn’t have a problem with doing series TV.

    Roy: If Alphas doesn’t come back, and they could find a way to make the role interesting enough for him, David Strathairn would be perfect. Shawn Doyle (Big Love, Endgame) would definitely be fun.

    Danny: Josh Holloway can do smart and odd, but I think I’d prefer Geoff Stults. Alessandro Juliani could put an interesting spin on the role, too. Mekhi Phifer might also be a good choice.

    Clara: Natasha Henstridge, or Kandyse McClure.

    Kai: If The Prophet Kevin should die on Supernatural (and why wouldn’t he?), I can certainly see Osric Chau as Kai. Failing that, Torrance Coombs (Endgame, The Tudors) – he’s a bit old for the role, but has that “little brother” vibe the sides call for.

    • Dan says:

      I think Beals, Strathairn & Juliani are fantastic ideas. Tricia Helfer or (It would never happen) Paula Patton as Clara. I know it’s for a guy, but I’d like to see Julie Mcniven or Soshanna Stern as Kai

  43. Daniel Lucas says:

    I like Eliza D. for Paris. And Amy Acker for Clara.
    BUT, I’m afraid its dumbing down from NCIS.
    Instead give Diane Neal her show CGIS. Just saying.

  44. guest says:

    The NCIS fan in me means I will watch the show and give it a chance.
    But, I do not like the name Paris, it just doesn’t fit as a cop name/special agent name for me. Also, all I really got from the descriptions were the show will be two hot chicks and then some wierd, nerdy guys and then an older guy who does the real crime solving….I think I stick with the men (eye candy) on NCIS and NCIS:LA. Maybe my DVD kick on Original Recipe NCIS is making me bias, but I’m not sure if I will enjoy this show. From the descriptions I think the chemistry between the actors (and the NCIS name) will be its saving grace.

  45. Laura says:

    Paris – Paige Turco, Linda Cardellini, Alicia Witt, maybe Rachel Griffiths
    Roy – Adam Baldwin, Michael Vartan, Titus Welliver, Patrick Fabian, Jeffrey Sams
    Danny – Richard Speight, Zachary Quinto
    Clara – Kandyse McClure, Meta Golding (she was on JAG, but I don’t remember her character, if it would work out, she could play the same person to bring everything full circle)
    Kai – Jesse Plemons, I want them to make this character a girl and cast Liza Weil

    Some these are just people that I really want to see on my TV again (I almost included Kyle Chandler for Roy, but I just can’t see it).

  46. DreamOn says:

    I dont care WHO gets cast A’s long A’s lilly evangeline is cast

  47. Josh says:

    Paris – Kelli Giddish, Jennifer Beals, Uma Thurman, KaDee Strickland?

    The character descriptions sound promising overall, though.

  48. Karen Padecky says:

    Nothing will compare to the original NCIS…& the answer to that is the magic of Mark Harmon….

  49. VJ says:

    I will always only love the original NCIS.I sometimes watch NCIS:LA , but its so different then Then the orginal show.I don’t care what they are going to call it,but I will check it out and decide if I like it then.

  50. Kimble says:

    So, we’ve got a spin-off of a spin-off of a spin off (JAG -> NCIS -> NCIS:LA -> NCIS: Whatever) featuring rather non-descript male characters, but “sexy/supermodel hot/gorgeous” women…. yeah… no cheap, superficial stereotypes here….

    Between this and every single episode of Season 10 Original Recipe NCIS trying to force me to see a relationship between Tony and Ziva (a woman who pulled a loaded gun on a man they claim she has “all the feels” for -if Tony had shoved the gun in Ziva’s chest fandom would have demanded his head on a plate, but because she’s a woman it’s magically ok-) I’m pretty much done with the whole franchise.