NCIS: New Orleans television series combining elements of the military drama and police procedural genres that premiered on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, following its parent series NCIS. The pilot was written by Gary Glasberg. The series stars Scott Bakula and C. C. H. Pounder, and is executive produced by Glasberg, Mark Harmon, Brad Kern, James Hayman, and Chris Silber. The series is set and filmed in New Orleans. It is the third series of the NCIS franchise.
The series following a fictional team of Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) agents stationed out of New Orleans, Louisiana. The NCIS office handles cases from the Mississippi River to the Texas Panhandle. Living and working out of the office, Special Agent Dwayne Cassius Pride (Scott Bakula) heads a team of special agents including Christopher LaSalle (Lucas Black), a former Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputy recruited by Pride following Hurricane Katrina; Meredith Brody (Zoe McLellan), a transfer from the NCIS Great Lakes field office, who has worked as a Special Agent Afloat and is keen to leave her past behind as she moves to New Orleans; Sonja Percy (Shalita Grant), a former ATF special agent and LaSalle's partner; Tammy Gregorio (Vanessa Ferlito), an FBI prodigy recruited after a short stint investigating Pride; and Sebastian Lund (Rob Kerkovich), a criminalist turned forensics agent and the team’s newest member. They are assisted by Patton Plame (Daryl Mitchell), a computer specialist, and Dr. Loretta Wade (C. C. H. Pounder), a forensic pathologist.
- Scott Bakula as Dwayne "King" Cassius Pride, NCIS Supervisory Special Agent
- Lucas Black as Christopher LaSalle, NCIS Special Agent
- Zoe McLellan as Meredith Brody, NCIS Special Agent (seasons 1–2)
- Rob Kerkovich as Sebastian Lund, forensic scientist / NCIS Forensics Agent
- CCH Pounder as Loretta Wade, medical examiner
- Shalita Grant as Sonja Percy, ATF Agent / NCIS Special Agent (season 2–present; recurring previously)
- Daryl "Chill" Mitchell as Patton P. Plame, NCIS computer specialist (season 2–present; recurring previously)
- Vanessa Ferlito as Tammy Gregorio, FBI Agent / NCIS Special Agent (season 3–present)
On January 12, 2015, NCIS: New Orleans was renewed for a second season that premiered on September 22, 2015. Daryl Mitchell and Shalita Grant, who had been recurring cast members, became series regulars. On March 25, 2016, CBS renewed the series for a third season, which premiered on September 20, 2016. Zoe McLellan, who plays Agent Brody, left the series "for creative reasons", and Vanessa Ferlito joined the cast as FBI Special Agent Tammy Gregorio, a series regular. On March 23, 2017, CBS renewed the series for a fourth season, which premiered on September 26, 2017.
Critical reception Edit
NCIS: New Orleans has received mixed reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gives the first season of the show a rating of 65%, based on 26 reviews, with an average rating of 5.4/10. The site's consensus reads, "With a solid cast in a beautiful locale, NCIS: New Orleans makes extending this well-worn franchise look like the Big Easy." Metacritic gives the show a score of 55 out of 100, based on 15 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
In late September 2014, The Wrap's journalist Jason Hughes reviewed the pilot episode of the series, praising the music, the use of the city of New Orleans, and CBS' decision to cast Scott Bakula as "one of the most likable leading men in television, so they're set there."
David Hinckley of the New York Daily News gave a mixed but critical review of the pilot episode, saying there is a "Crescent City flavor here. But in the larger picture, not much on this menu is unfamiliar." Liz Shannon Miller and Ben Travers of Indiewire said that NCIS is like "the obelisk in 2001: A Space Odyssey, it's an awe-inspiring, inescapable presence in the broadcast line-up. NCIS on CBS: It is here. It has always been here. It forever will be.
DVD Release Edit
The following is a complete list of Home video releases for the CBS television series NCIS: New Orleans. The first three seasons have been released on DVD. All releases are distributed by CBS Home Entertainment.
TNT has acquired the off-network rights to air the series. Episodes began airing on the cable channel in December 12, 2017.