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NCIS: New Orleans: Vanessa Ferlito Set as New Series Regular in Season 3

Ex-Graceland G-woman Vanessa Ferlito is back on the FBI’s payroll, courtesy of NCIS: New Orleans.

Sources confirm to TVLine exclusively that Ferlito is joining the CBS procedural’s upcoming third season in a series-regular role.

Ferlito will play a sexy, tough and acerbic FBI Special Agent who is sent down to New Orleans from DC to investigate the NCIS team. A by-the-book bureaucrat, she’ll bring a completely different way of doing things — as well as a mysterious past, natch — to New Orleans, which will put her at odds with both the team and the town.

“We’re beyond excited to have Vanessa join our show and are look forward to adding her distinctive personality and edge to our amazing NCIS: New Orleans cast,” said exec producer Brad Kern in a statement to TVLine.

Ferlito has a long-standing relationship with CBS. In addition to her two-season stint on CSI: NY, she had a co-starring role in the network’s ill-fated Nancy Drew pilot Drew. Additional TV credits include 24 and The Sopranos.

She will make her NCIS: New Orleans debut in in the Season 3 premiere on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 10/9c.