NCIS: New Or­leans

Th­ese NCIS agents don’t play by the rules in the hit ac­tion show’s new spin-off NCIS: New Or­leans.

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Why should Wash­ing­ton DC and Los An­ge­les have all the fun? Those ac­tion-hun­gry NCIS agents have a new branch in New Or­leans, the home of jazz and the birth­place of Mardi Gras fes­ti­vals. Ex­plains Gary Glas­berg, the cre­ator of the NCIS (2003- cur­rent) fran­chise of their new spin- off: “Mu­sic, food, cul­ture, art… at the end of the day, hav­ing that ar­chi­tec­ture, hav­ing that back­drop avail­able to us is prov­ing in­cred­i­bly help­ful. Not only from a lo­ca­tion stand­point, but the kind of char­ac­ters that we’re writ­ing, to have so much to draw off – to have such a rich, vi­brant com­mu­nity to make a part of the show is what’s sep­a­rat­ing it from other NCIS shows.”

MEET THE TEAM MEET THE TEAM

Dwayne “King” Pride (Scott

Bakula) is the Se­nior Spe­cial Agent in charge of the team. He loves jazz, food, his city and – above all – catch­ing the bad guys.

CRIMES & PUN­ISH­MENTS

Here are some of the crimes that the New Or­leans team will in­ves­ti­gate…

Christo­pher LaSalle (Lu­cas Black) is a Spe­cial Agent. Born in Alabama, he has a tra­di­tional way of do­ing things. He’s rough, smart and will­ing to take risks. Mered­ith Brody (Zoe McLel­lan) trans­ferred from an­other in­ves­tiga­tive branch to NCIS. She’s trained in de­fus­ing bombs and has a black belt in karate. Dr Loretta Wade (CCH

Pounder) is the med­i­cal ex­am­iner in the branch, as well as the unof­fi­cial coun­sel­lor to the agents. Apart from her in­ter­est in bi­ol­ogy, she likes jazz and hates con­spir­acy the­o­ries. Se­bas­tian Lund (Ron Kerkovich) as­sists Dr Wade when he’s not head­ing up the tech depart­ment. While he en­joys be­ing in front of his com­puter screen, he craves join­ing his team­mates in the field. 1 Episode 1 takes the au­di­ence to the streets of down­town New Or­leans where the “bangers” (or gangs) hang out. Dwayne swells up with emo­tion when he re­alises that a close friend and Naval petty of­fi­cer may have left the Marines to join a no­to­ri­ous gang.

2 A mur­der case in­volv­ing a ter­ror­ist gets a bit too danger­ous, so the NCIS team from Wash­ing­ton step in to solve the rid­dle. Ex­pect an ap­pear­ance from Abby Sci­uto and Spe­cial Agent DiNozzo (Pauley Per­rette and Michael Weatherly) in episode 2 on 9 April.

3 An all- girl road­trip turns into a hor­ror story when three pris­on­ers hi­jack their car in episode 3 on 16 April. The team learn that one of the cap­tors poses a threat to na­tional se­cu­rity and they rope in NCIS’s Leroy Jethro Gibbs (Mark Har­mon) to as­sist.

4 A Navy SEAL is mur­dered in a soror­ity house and his col­lege girl­friend is the prime sus­pect in episode 4 on 23 April. Things take a dark turn when Dwayne dis­cov­ers that the sus­pect has a shadier past than she’s let­ting on…

5 When a so­cialite is kid­napped, the New Or­leans agents en­list the help of FBI Agent For­nell (Joe Spano) from NCIS in episode 5 on 30 April. He’s the FBI’s ver­sion of Gibbs.

DID YOU KNOW?

1 Scott’s char­ac­ter is based on real-life NCIS Agent D’Wayne Swear, who ran the crim­i­nal in­ves­tiga­tive of­fice in New Or­leans for 20 years. D’Wayne helped NCIS cre­ator Gary Glas­berg with the back­ground re­search for the show and he’s the show’s tech­ni­cal direc­tor.

2 This isn’t the first time that Zoe’s ap­peared in an NCIS fran­chise. Her first ap­pear­ance was in NCIS’s par­ent show JAG (1995-2005), where she played the role of Petty Of­fi­cer Jen­nifer Coates in the fi­nal sea­son.

3 LaSalle’s catch­phrase (“It’s on like Don­key Kong”) is ac­tu­ally a ref­er­ence to ac­tor Lu­cas’s role in The Fast And The Fu­ri­ous: Tokyo Drift (2006), where his char­ac­ter Sean Boswell as­sumes that his op­po­nent’s ini­tials “DK” stand for Don­key Kong.

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