NCIS: New Orleans (2014–2021)

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NCIS: New Orleans (TV Series 2014–2021)

NCIS: New Orleans is a drama about the local field office that investigates criminal cases involving military personnel in The Big Easy, a city known for its music, entertainment, and decadence. Leading the team is Special Agent Dwayne Pride, a.k.a. "King," a native of New Orleans who is driven by his need to do what is right. Working with Pride is his longtime friend and colleague Special Agent Christopher Lasalle, who plays hard but works harder; tough and acerbic Special Agent Tammy Gregorio, a former FBI Agent who was sent to New Orleans to investigate NCIS and upon completion joined Pride's team, Forensic Agent Sebastian Lund, a brilliant scientist who left the lab and, after much training, became an agent; and Special Agent Hannah Khoury, a seasoned agent who specializes in international counter-intelligence and has spent most of her career on overseas assignments. Supporting them is coroner Dr. Loretta Wade, who is as eccentric as she is smart, and Investigative Computer Specialist Patton Plame, an animated and talented hacker. This colorful city that harbors a dark side is a magnet for service personnel on leave, and when overindulgence is followed by trouble, Pride's team is at its best.
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IMDb   6.8 /10
TheMovieDb    7.3 /10
RottenTomatoes  60 %
FilmAffinity   4.9 /10
Creators
Creator Gary Glasberg
Information
Release Date2014-09-22
Runtime42min
GenreCrime, Drama, Mystery
Content RatingTV-14 (TV-14)
AwardsAwards1 win & 6 nominations
CompanyWings Productions, When Pigs Fly Productions, CBS Television Studios
CountryUSA
LanguageEnglish
Dwayne Prideas Dwayne Pride…
Sebastian Lundas Sebastian Lund
Loretta Wadeas Loretta Wade…
Patton Plameas Patton Plame
Christopher LaSalleas Christopher LaSalle
Tammy Gregorioas Tammy Gregorio
Sonja Percyas Sonja Percy
Special Agent Hannah Khouryas Special Agent Hannah Khoury…
Steven Waldren
Steven Waldren
Royas Roy…
Meredith Brodyas Meredith Brody
Jefferson Parish Officeras Jefferson Parish Officer…
Quentin Carteras Quentin Carter
Rita Devereauxas Rita Devereaux
Jimmy Boydas Jimmy Boyd
Aaron Mitchell
Aaron Mitchell
F.B.I.as F.B.I.…
Douglas Hamiltonas Douglas Hamilton
Raymond Isleras Raymond Isler
Laurel Prideas Laurel Pride

NCIS: New Orleans

NCIS: New Orleans is an American action crime drama and police procedural television series that premiered on CBS on September 23, 2014, following the twelfth season of NCIS. The pilot was written by Gary Glasberg. Produced by CBS Studios, Wings Productions and, for the first four seasons, When Pigs Fly Incorporated, the series stars Scott Bakula and CCH Pounder. The series is set and filmed in New Orleans. It is the third series of the NCIS franchise. In May 2020, the show was renewed for the seventh season, which premiered on November 8, 2020. In February 2021, CBS announced that the seventh season is the series' final one. The series finale is scheduled to air on May 23, 2021.


Premise

NCIS: New Orleans follows a fictional team of Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) agents stationed out of New Orleans, Louisiana and led by Supervisory Special Agent Dwayne Cassius Pride (Scott Bakula) and his Assistant Supervisory Special Agent, Hannah Khoury (Necar Zadegan). The team focuses on crimes that involve personnel in the United States Navy and Marine Corps, and their territory ranges from the Mississippi River to the Texas Panhandle. Working under the supervision of Pride and Khoury are 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 who eventually leaves to join the FBI; Tammy Gregorio (Vanessa Ferlito), an FBI prodigy recruited after a short stint investigating Pride; and notoriously anti-social Quentin Carter (Charles Michael Davis), a fixer with a reputation for working alone. Rounding out the team are JAG Commander Rita Devereaux (Chelsea Field), Pride's long-time girlfriend and a seasoned attorney; Dr. Loretta Wade (CCH Pounder), the coroner for Jefferson Parish; Sebastian Lund (Rob Kerkovich), a forensics specialist who assists Wade and later becomes an NCIS agent; and Patton Plame (Daryl Mitchell), a computer specialist.


Cast and characters

  • Scott Bakula as Dwayne "King" Cassius Pride, NCIS Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) / Special Agent in Charge (SAC)
  • Lucas Black as Christopher LaSalle, NCIS Senior Field Agent (seasons 1–6)
  • Zoe McLellan as Meredith Brody, NCIS Special Agent (SA) (seasons 1–2)
  • Rob Kerkovich as Sebastian Lund, forensic scientist / NCIS Forensics Agent / NCIS SA
  • CCH Pounder as Loretta Wade, medical examiner
  • Shalita Grant as Sonja Percy, ATF Agent / NCIS (recurring, season 1; main, seasons 2–4)
  • Daryl "Chill" Mitchell as Patton Plame, NCIS computer specialist (recurring, season 1; main, seasons 2–7)
  • Vanessa Ferlito as Tammy Gregorio, FBI SA / NCIS SA (seasons 3–7)
  • Necar Zadegan as Hannah Khoury, NCIS SSA and second in command (seasons 5–7)
  • Charles Michael Davis as Quentin Carter, NCIS SA (seasons 6–7)
  • Chelsea Field as Rita Deveraux (recurring, season 3–6; main, season 7)

Episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
Intro2March 25, 2014April 1, 2014
123September 23, 2014May 12, 2015
224September 22, 2015May 17, 2016
324September 20, 2016May 16, 2017
424September 26, 2017May 15, 2018
524September 25, 2018May 14, 2019
620September 24, 2019April 19, 2020
716November 8, 2020May 23, 2021

Production

Development

In September 2013, NCIS: New Orleans was introduced with a two-part backdoor pilot during the eleventh season of NCIS. The episode title "Crescent City (Part I)" and "Crescent City (Part II)", written by Gary Glasberg, which aired on March 25, 2014, to April 1, 2014, a second spin off from NCIS and set filmed located in New Orleans. NCIS: New Orleans picked up to series on May 9, 2014, NCIS: New Orleans premiered on September 23, 2014, on CBS. On October 27, 2014, CBS picked up NCIS: New Orleans for a full season of 23 episodes. On January 12, 2015, NCIS: New Orleans was renewed for a second season, that premiered on September 22, 2015. NCIS: New Orleans was renewed for a third season on March 25, 2016, which premiered on September 20, 2016. The third season was the last season produced by the NCIS: New Orleans creator and showrunner Gary Glasberg before he died on September 28, 2016. NCIS: New Orleans was renewed for a fourth season on March 23, 2017, which premiered on September 26, 2017. NCIS: New Orleans was renewed for a fifth season on April 18, 2018, which premiered on September 25, 2018. NCIS: New Orleans was renewed for a sixth season on April 22, 2019, which premiered on September 24, 2019. On May 6, 2020, NCIS: New Orleans was renewed for the seventh season, which premiered on November 8, 2020. On February 17, 2021, it was announced that the seventh season would be the show's last, with the finale airing on May 23, 2021.

Casting

In February 2014, the pilot was cast with Scott Bakula, CCH Pounder, and Zoe McLellan as Dwayne Pride, Loretta Wade, and Meredith Brody. Lucas Black as Christopher LaSalle, and Rob Kerkovich joined cast as Sebastian Lund. In June 2015, Deadline Hollywood reported that Daryl Mitchell and Shalita Grant promoted as regulars in season two.

In July 2016, Zoe McLellan, who plays Special Agent Meredith Brody, left the series "for creative reasons", and Vanessa Ferlito joined the cast as Special Agent Tammy Gregorio as a series regular.

In January 2018, it was announced that Shalita Grant, who plays Special Agent Sonja Percy, would be departing the series near the end of the fourth season. In August 2018, it was announced that Necar Zadegan would join the cast as Special Agent Hannah Khoury as a new series regular for the fifth season.

In November 2019, Lucas Black, who portrayed Agent Christopher LaSalle, would be departing in the sixth episode of the sixth season. On February 5, 2020, it was announced that Charles Michael Davis had been cast as Quentin Carter, and would appear as a series regular. On September 29, 2020, it was announced that Chelsea Field portraying attorney Rita Devereaux would be a series regular for the seventh season after recurring for the previous four seasons.

Controversy

Brad Kern took over the reins of NCIS: New Orleans as showrunner in January 2016. Within a year he had become the focus of two investigations for inappropriate behavior toward women. On May 17, 2018, it was reported that Kern was exiting his role as executive producer and showrunner, but would remain as consulting producer, with Christopher Silber replacing him as showrunner. Kern was placed on suspension in June 2018, when CBS launched a third investigation into claims of harassment. Kern was fired by CBS in October 2018.


Broadcast

NCIS: New Orleans premiered on CBS in the United States on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, with the season twelfth premiere of NCIS as its lead-in. Season two premiered on September 22, 2015. Season three premiered on September 20, 2016. Season four premiered on September 26, 2017. Season five premiered on September 25, 2018. Season six premiered on September 24, 2019. NCIS: New Orleans airs simultaneously on Global in Canada. In Australia, NCIS: New Orleans premiered on Network Ten on October 7, 2014. NCIS: New Orleans has been sold to Channel 5 in the United Kingdom, which premiered on February 13, 2015, from season four onwards, the series will premiere on Fox United Kingdom on Friday at 9:00 pm starting on July 20, 2018. NCIS: New Orleans has also premiered in Prime in New Zealand and Fox in Asia. On April 2, 2015, the series began airing on South Africa's M-Net cable TV service and is broadcast to several other sub-Saharan African nations via DStv.

Syndication

In December 2017, reruns of NCIS: New Orleans began airing on TNT and FX.

In January 2021, reruns of NCIS: New Orleans began airing on Ion Television.


Reception

Ratings

Viewership and ratings per season of NCIS: New Orleans
SeasonTimeslot (ET)EpisodesFirst airedLast airedTV seasonViewership
rank
Avg. viewers
(millions)
DateViewers
(millions)
DateViewers
(millions)
1Tuesday 9:00p.m.23September 23, 201417.22May 12, 201513.612014–15417.42
224September 22, 201512.62May 17, 201613.302015–16614.75
3Tuesday 10:00p.m.24September 20, 201611.12May 16, 20179.222016–171013.34
424September 26, 20178.78May 15, 20189.442017–181312.22
524September 25, 20188.97May 14, 20196.932018–192210.56
6Tuesday 10:00p.m. (2019)
Sunday 10:00p.m. (2020)
20September 24, 20196.66April 19, 20206.242019–20209.58
7Sunday 9:00p.m. (1–7)
Sunday 10:00p.m. (8–16)
16November 8, 20204.65May 23, 2021TBD2020–21TBDTBD

Critical reception

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."

International criticism

In April 2019, CBS released the plot of the first part of the show's fifth season's finale, "The River Styx, Part I", which is set to partially take place in the breakaway republic of South Ossetia, a region internationally recognized as part of Georgia but also recognized as independent by Russia, Nauru, Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Syria. The show, when describing the region, calls South Ossetia a "war-torn Russian province", which raised concerns from the Georgian government. On April 22, 2019, Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili posted on Twitter.

An upcoming episode of @NCISNewOrleans set to feature #Georgia's 'South Ossetia' as a "Russian province" is troubling. This synopsis mistake is irresponsible and we call on @CBS and the show's writers to respect Georgia's territorial integrity and make the necessary changes.

Neither CBS nor the show's producers have responded to the President's commentary. However, the description of the second part of the finale, "The River Styx, Part II" does not mention Russia, although the episode still takes place in South Ossetia.


Awards and nominations

YearAssociationCategoryNominee(s)ResultRef.
2015People's Choice AwardsFavorite New TV DramaNCIS: New OrleansNominated
Favorite Actor in a New TV SeriesScott BakulaNominated