NCIS: New Orleans is a spinoff series of NCIS executive produced by Mark Harmon and Gary Glasberg. The pilot episode aired toward the end of NCIS Season 11 as the 2-part episode Crescent City. CBS has not reported if the series will be filmed in New Orleans or California. NCIS: New Orleans will be featuring investigative cases from Pensacola through Mississippi and Louisiana to the Texas panhandle.
The following characters have been reported by CBS:
NCIS Special Agent Dwayne Cassius Pride – MALE, charismatic and full of life, a man who savors every moment but can be rock-solid and strong when needed. Special Agent D. Pride is going to be played by Scott Bakula.
NCIS Special Agent Christopher LaSalle -- MALE, handsome, born-and-bred Louisiana, a former Sheriff's deputy who's been through some rough times. Special Agent C. LaSalle is going to be played by Lucas Black.
NCIS Special Agent Meredith Brody (called Merri) -- FEMALE, full of insights, no-nonsense, put together, a government employee façade on an Ivy League mind, Brody is Grace Kelly-like in her class, pomp and circumstance. Special Agent M. Brody is going to be played by Zoe McLellan.
Dr. Loretta Wade -- FEMALE, outspoken and seriously on her game. She's often intentionally full of contradictions. Dr. L. Wade is going to be played by C. C. H. Pounder.
- This is the second time Zoe McLellan has appeared in the NCIS franchise. She appeared in NCIS's parent series, JAG as Petty Officer Jennifer Coates.
- Special Agent D. Pride's wife will be played by Paige Turco.
- Scott Bakula previously starred in Quantum Leap, which was created by Donald Bellisario, the creator of NCIS.
- It was made official May 9th 2014 that NCIS New Orleans will air 2014-2015 on CBS.
- The First season of NCIS New Orleans will be 13 episodes.
- La'Jessie Smith who plays Lamar and Paige Turco have both been added to the main cast of the series
- Brit Shaw who played Allison in Crescent City Part 2 (episode) have been added to the main cast of NCIS: New Orleans.
- The first season of NCIS: New Orleans will start September 23rd 2014 and will presumably air directly following NCIS.