NCIS Planning New Orleans-Based Spin-Off, Exec-Produced By Mark Harmon

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NCIS New Orleans SpinoffNCIS has big plans for the Big Easy.

TV’s most watched drama is preparing an off-shoot that will be set in New Orleans and introduced via a planted pilot to air in spring 2014.

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Per our sister site Deadline, NCIS: N’Awlins (as I and perhaps only I shall dub it) will be executive-produced by NCIS showrunner Gary Glasberg and series star Mark Harmon.

The NCIS New Orleans office apparently handles cases from Pensacola through Mississippi and Louisiana to the Texas panhandle. But I’m not so good with geography, so don’t quote me.

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The news comes less than a year after CBS announced its plan for an NCIS: Los Angeles spin-off, NCIS: Red, which aired last spring as a planted pilot (starring Kim Raver and John Corbett) but failed to land a spot on the 2013-14 schedule.

Fun fact: CSI: NY was originally to be set in New Orleans, and as revealed after Melina Kanakaredes left that CBS procedural, that is where Stella Bonasera now works.

Do you want Cajun-style NCIS on your telly?



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Comments (82)

  • I think this could be pretty cool.

    Comment by Jennifer – September 23, 2013 04:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree, they need to try again. Just because RED failed, doesn’t mean the next one will fail.

      Comment by tvfan – September 23, 2013 07:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I well love to see the new NCIS

        Comment by tony – January 7, 2014 09:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I can see Daveed and Tony moving to N’awlins.

      Comment by Bill – January 8, 2014 01:31 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Man they really won’t give up on this franchise will they? You’d think after RED failed last year they would let the franchise breathe for at least a year before trying again.

    Comment by writingmyownway – September 23, 2013 04:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Go look up Law & Order. :)

      Comment by Badpenny – September 23, 2013 04:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Exactly, especially since the original is now in such a crucial and transitional year with Ziva’s departure. They should stay focused on making it a smooth transition.

      Comment by Marin Kuharić (@Prkan_708) – September 23, 2013 04:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • “Red” was Shane Brennan and tagged to be a spin-off of “LA”.
      Would love it if this was a way to create a team for Tony (and Michael Weatherly to star), to take over when ‘NCIS’ eventually ends.

      Comment by NoChance – September 23, 2013 04:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • For spin off, Tony getting promoted with his own team is the only idea that actually makes sense after all these years.

        Comment by Izzy – September 23, 2013 05:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Totally agree, love that idea and its the classic idea…i mean does he want to be the #2 into his 50s? 60s? Or just wait till Gibbs dies then take over? Give him the spinoff and its basically a guaranteed success. Then have his boss, or someone on his team, or a team leader of another NCIS team, be a woman that he has great chemistry with and do the chemistry “will they wont they” thing again, then actually pull the trigger by season 2-3 and have Tony have a real GF, then he gets engaged then married..all while not neglecting the NCIS core of the show and the cases.
        -
        Dont think its possible? IMHO the best NCIS season/story line was Tony with Jeanne Benoit. It was real, emotional (when he cries telling her he loves her or w/e, i actually welled up) and deep and did i mention REAL? Let Micheal use those acting chops again and we finally see Tony happy with a GF/Fiancee/Wife.

        Comment by M3rc Nate – September 23, 2013 05:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I assume you know NCIS is a spin-off of JAG. I’m willing to give ths one a chance. Didn’t like Red because of Kim Raver and they were to mobile and show tried to “force” romantic sparks between her and Callen, I tried Red because of John Corbett.

      Comment by jenferner8 – September 23, 2013 06:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’ll bite.

    Comment by Esaul – September 23, 2013 04:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So Harmon is producing? Is this preparation for the flagship to ride off into the sunset?

    Comment by Jimmy – September 23, 2013 04:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Mark is already an Executive Producer on NCIS so I don’t think this spells gloom and doom for this version.

      Comment by NoChance – September 23, 2013 06:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Could be. He isn’t getting any younger and eventually the running and jumping isn’t going to work. But he’s still good lookin.

      Comment by Bunster – November 14, 2013 03:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • As long as it doesn’t involve Abby leaving the main show, I’d be interested.

    Comment by undercoverdreams – September 23, 2013 04:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They should name the title NCIS: New Orleans or NCIS: Big Easy or NCIS: Mardi Gras. JUST SAYING.

    Comment by Flacco Kaepernick – September 23, 2013 04:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Ya think? “NCIS: New Orleans”? Bold call there, Jack!

      Comment by Matt Webb Mitovich – September 23, 2013 04:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • The NCIS Powers That Be would never do something so obvious as that. It would be like having an NCIS series based in Los Angeles and then calling it NCIS: Los Angeles. Now that would be crazy.

        Comment by Andy – September 23, 2013 05:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Think I’d prefer “NCIS: The Big Easy” just to be a little original.

        Comment by Joni – September 23, 2013 06:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Call it NCIS:NOLA Then they would have NCIS, NCIS, LA & NCIS:NOLA!!!! ROFLMAO!!

        Comment by DeeDee – September 24, 2013 10:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I like NCIS: Big Easy. That could actually be a fun title.

      Comment by writingmyownway – September 23, 2013 05:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • bring on ncis big easy its a great addition to the fanchise

        Comment by steve pittman – April 15, 2014 08:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • NCIS: N’Awlins. Nice ring to it especially when someone like me who is from the city with my accent says it.

      Comment by Lisa Kieffer – October 10, 2013 03:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Should be good. Probably more believable than NCIS:Red. Really? Living out of a semi truck? UGH

    Comment by Moms a TVFan77 – September 23, 2013 04:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • NCIS Red was horrible, but this NCIS New Orleans could be good with a southern based navy unit. I will give it a try.

    Comment by JBC – September 23, 2013 04:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Big but reasonable request: FILM ON LOCATION!!!

    Comment by NoChance – September 23, 2013 04:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I assume that is the draw, good perks for TV production.

      Comment by prish – September 23, 2013 04:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • New Orleans is quite used to having filming done in and around here. They are gaining a nice rep as Hollywood South. Filming here would be a piece of cake, and I would be very disappointed in a show like this that didn’t film here.

      Comment by ziplu – September 24, 2013 08:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They should grab Josh Stewart who appears off and on as J.J’s husband on Criminal Minds. He has an accent that sounds like he’s from the Big Easy. Cute and good actor.

    Comment by J V Smith – September 23, 2013 04:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That is an excellent idea, JV Smith! I would love to see Josh Stewart on this new NCIS spinoff.

      Comment by Amy – October 11, 2013 12:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This network saddens me, they can’t do anything new or cutting edge! CBS should be called the old procedural network!

    Comment by DavidSask – September 23, 2013 04:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m so sick of spin offs now.

    Comment by Simon – September 23, 2013 04:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • There’s plenty of non-spinoff shows for you to watch then. But without a spinoff from JAG, we’d have no NCIS.

      Comment by Esaul – September 23, 2013 08:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • No, No, no!! Bring Back CSI:NY!!

    Comment by Pau – September 23, 2013 04:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree….Love CSI NY! But if we can’t have that…I think Gary Sinise would do well in a military drama!

      Comment by Tracy – September 23, 2013 05:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Gary Sinise could be the “Gibbs” of the N’Awlins shoe. He could use a new job. :)

        Comment by Mary Ann – September 23, 2013 07:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This could be a really interesting way for the series to continue if Mark doesn’t want to continue playing Gibbs full-time.

    Abby’s from Louisiana, so I think I’d want her to go there.

    Tony could have his own team, McGee could be in his Senior Field Agent, and they could take Palmer with them. Bishop could go too, or they could cast an agent from the South.

    Ducky and Gibbs could make occasional guest appearances.

    I’m intrigued if the plan is something like the above or if it will be a whole new cast. I’ll test drive it either way.

    Comment by Andrea – September 23, 2013 05:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • We all know it’s going to be called NCIS:NO

    Comment by Isaac – September 23, 2013 05:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Abby is from NOLA, right? Cool! It could be interesting.

    Comment by Tina – September 23, 2013 05:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’ll watch it if Gary Sinise is in it! It would be great to see him in a military drama!

    Comment by Tracy – September 23, 2013 05:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I don’t think we really need another attempted NCIS spin-off right now, but that’s an interesting tidbit about CSI:NY’s Stella going to New Orleans. Since they’re both CBS, it would be cool if her character crossed franchises and became one of the leads on the new show.

    Comment by JeffDJ – September 23, 2013 05:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is actually sounds promising, if they let the location work for them. It’s rare to get one of these cop procedural type shows that is NOT set in New York or Los Angeles or D.C., these days and I’m all for that.

    Comment by kajar – September 23, 2013 05:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love NCIS and all, but can I just have JAG back please?

    Comment by Allyson – September 23, 2013 05:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Spin offs eventually fail or kill off the main source. Red failed before it even started. I have a bad feeling about this.

    Comment by Bellz – September 23, 2013 05:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Different Executive Producers. “Red” was conceived by Shane Brennan and it was suppose to launch from “LA” (also his creation). This one is Mr Harmon & Mr Glasberg and will be launched from the original “NCIS”.
      Being that it’s going to come from the mothership does that mean that Mr Bellisario is involved in any way or has given his blessing?

      Comment by NoChance – September 23, 2013 06:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • He has no involvement anymore with NCIS. And I believe he’s Ill. It was a bitter ending, so I doubt he would be involved in anyway!

        Comment by Stacey – September 23, 2013 06:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • It’s still his production company so I thought the 2 men might have worked things out in order for Mark to be involved in creating a spin-off. I might be remembering it wrong but didn’t Mr Harmon not approve of spinning off “LA”?

          Comment by NoChance – September 23, 2013 06:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’ll give it a go. That franchise has a great track record with me.

    Comment by John – September 23, 2013 06:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Bellisario!! Where are you! HELP them!!!

    Comment by Heidi – September 23, 2013 06:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This sounds to me like they are signaling the end of the mothership or at least making a contingency plan. All of the current cast’s contracts are up after this season except maybe Mark Harmon. I don’t believe CBS ever announced the length of his contract. It certainly puts the rumor that Cote de Pablo wanted a one year deal in a new light. Combine all that with Gibbs building his retirement cabin at the end of last season and it seems like they are preparing to possibly bring things to a close with the original crew. I will be sad to see it go if it does although Ziva was my favorite character and the show has lost something for me with her gone anyway.

    Comment by JaKe – September 23, 2013 06:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • NCIS: N’Awlins – YES! As for the show, I guess I’ll give it a try.

    Comment by Scott – September 23, 2013 06:50 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Puh-lease…does anyone at CBS have an original idea?

    Comment by Linderella – September 23, 2013 08:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I like the sound of it far more than I liked the sound of NCIS Red (that whole concept was just too far out there). And if it gets back to what made me love NCIS in the early years, or better yet, add in some JAG flavor, I’m all for it. However, I hope they don’t move over anyone from the current show, especially Tony. Part of that I’ll admit is that I just don’t really like Tony that much, but I’d rather see a completely new team and new relationships without all the old baggage.

    Comment by JC – September 23, 2013 08:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Only way it works is if Nic Cage is the lead. It would be crazy and absurd and awesome!

    Comment by Bran – September 23, 2013 08:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am excited about this. Success is all about the casting chemistry, but with Mark Harmon behind it, I have a lot of faith this will work out. What I would really love to see is the original star of JAG show up from time to time in a recurring role, perhaps having been promoted to a really high level job at this point in his career.

    Comment by Maryann – September 24, 2013 02:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • AJ showed up this past season to a mostly ho-hum from most of the current fans of NCIS.. Plus the writers screwed up that episode by not even letting fans of JAG have more… With no renewal of Army Wives announced, Catherine Bell might need a job!!

      Comment by Doug H – September 24, 2013 09:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Seriously? CBS is going to become the NCIS network if they keep spinning off this show.

    Comment by LSJ – September 24, 2013 07:13 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I like the Los Angeles spinoff more than NCIS at the moment so this could be good news.

    Comment by John – September 24, 2013 10:10 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They already tried a spinoff last season, why try desperately again this season?

    Comment by Ram510 – September 24, 2013 10:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I guess I’d check it out, depending on the cast.

    Comment by Maria – September 24, 2013 10:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I really like the idea of them spinning off Tony into his own team. That would probably be the only reason I’d pay it much interest and that’s mostly because that’s a move that makes sense.

    Comment by magreeda – September 24, 2013 12:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’d love to see a familiar series set in New Orleans, as long as it’s shot there and not in Burbank. There’s wonderful nightlife/music and great wildlife in that area, as well as the Mississippi River. I’d definitely watch this one. My ideal cast would include Khandi Alexander (CSI:Miami) and at least an occasional visit by Melina Kanakaredes. I can’t wait to learn who will be in the cast; hopefully, most will have Southern roots to make it more interesting.

    Comment by arial2 – September 24, 2013 01:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The show needs to be filmed here in New Orleans. This city does a great deal of filming. The hospital I work at is constantly being used for filming. The backdrops they can use is way better than a studio lot.

      Comment by Lisa Kieffer – October 10, 2013 03:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think NCIS New Orleans would be a terrific spin off or NCIS Hawaii, San Francisco, etc…

    Comment by Simone – September 24, 2013 05:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • New Orleans!? St. Paul would be more interesting because it at least isn’t on its way to becoming a ghost town. Even Abby left NOLA. The only thing New Orleans has to offer is a few weeks of debauchery each year. Hope NCIS:NOLA can find better characters than RED had.

    If NCIS is going to get a spinoff, Simone has the right idea. NCIS:Hawaii… or NCIS:Rota. Make it something believable. But New Orleans? Come on!

    Comment by Bonnie – September 25, 2013 06:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Have you ever visited the city? This city had been to hell and back and we still smiling and friendly. Better yet you stay where your at.

      Comment by Lisa Kieffer – October 10, 2013 03:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I would love NCIS: New Orleans, I love that city. Not NCIS:Hawaii, we already have Hawaii 5-0.

      Comment by Carolyn – January 7, 2014 02:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I would love a ncis spinoff in new orleans!!! That would be two of my favorite things put together!

    Comment by Janice Herren – September 26, 2013 08:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The protagonist of the new spin-off should be TOM WELLING! We want fresh new actors and not the usual actors that we see everywhere. You want Tom, fantastic actor and beautiful.

    Comment by margot moss – September 29, 2013 05:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yes Tom Welling in the new spin- off!!!!

    Comment by Laura – September 29, 2013 08:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I would LOVE to see the yummy Tom Welling in this new NCIS!

      Comment by Amy – October 11, 2013 12:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think Colin Hanks should be on this team. I liked his character.

    Comment by taw2236 – September 29, 2013 07:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yes! I’m definitely interested. This sounds like a great plan for Tony to run operations there once the mothership has wrapped. I don’t want to lose Tony or Abby so this is a great opportunity to continue their characters, and any of the other originals who want to follow. Also allows Gibbs to come and play (like Mike Franks) a few times a season so we never have to lose him either. Or maybe that’s not their plan at all and I’m jumping ahead of myself. I DO love the sound of a New Orleans based show though!

    Comment by Kate – October 4, 2013 07:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Speaking on terms I live in New Orleans and love this city so much, I think NCIS: New Orleans will make the fall 2014 line up and be a success. Now what the show should really do is film here and collect all the tax breaks that Louisiana has to offer the film industry. Get the true feeling of the city and all it has to offer. So come on down here Mr. Harmon and Mr. Glasberg to film. Will feed you beignets, boiled crawfish and throw Mardi Gras beads at you. You will love it!!!

    Comment by Lisa Kieffer – October 10, 2013 03:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Maybe CBS should leave the NICS spin-offs alone. I think CBS got lucky with NCIS:LA and should stop there :)
    I am very disappointed at Ziva’s departure and wish CBS could have worked out any issues with her. I feel the show will suffer without her. Her chemistry with all cast members was very valuable.
    Hopefully there won’t be any other cast members leaving. Glad to see you have Mike appearing in episodes where Gibb’s is flashing backing. BTW..Need to have Gibb’s dad return for a few episodes.

    Comment by EGL – October 28, 2013 06:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • For the most part I think you are right but if they can find the right mix, why not….and New Orleans would be a great location, what with the coastline from Texas to Florida…get away from all the middle east conflicts and concentrate on local crimes…most of those states utilize the death penalty and there could be some great plots involving wrongly convicted death row inmates…not to mention the acting chops it would take to deal with the last days of a truly guilty but sympathetic character…this location would provide a lot of plot diversity and it isn’t to far from Oklahoma where Bishop is from…if Ziva should comeback she could relocate to New Orleans…like I say for the most part I agree with the original post, but I think this scenario could work

      Comment by William – January 10, 2014 01:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Would love to see a spin off if the chemistry is like ncis, I am just starting to get into ncis,la. But there are several military bases from Pensacola to Texas so they would have legit bases to mention. I live on the gulfcoast and have been to Nola several times. But I hope they leave Tony with Origional show, let Gibbs do the traveling to and fro.

    Comment by Lainy – November 27, 2013 09:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Would love to see an NCIS NOLA which is Creole not Cajun. Will the cast be the same?

    Comment by Marilyn Lopiccolo – January 6, 2014 03:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • why don;t they cast COTE DE PALABO as the lead star in NCIS NEW ORLEANS? THAT WOULD BE A BLAST.

    Comment by okie-dokie – January 7, 2014 01:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • FORGET NCIS NEW ORLEANS!! AND PLEASE………SOMEBODY GET RID OF BISHOP
    THE SHOW IS SOOOOOO BORING HAVING A BLOND HAIR BLACK EYEBROW PERSON SITTING CROSSED LEGS ON THE FLOOR. I AM NOW WATCHING OLD RERUNS. WHERE IS ZIVA?? OR, GET ABIGAIL BORIN TO REPLACE HER.

    Comment by julia – April 2, 2014 10:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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