Fall TV Preview: 'NCIS: New Orleans'

ShowNCIS: New Orleans

Premiere Date: Tuesday, September 23 at 9/8c on CBS.

Starring: Scott Bakula, Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan, and CCH Pounder.

Official Synopsis from CBS:

NCIS: New Orleans is a drama about the local field office that investigates criminal cases affecting military personnel in The Big Easy, a city known for its music, entertainment and decadence. Leading the team is Special Agent Dwayne Pride, aka “King,” a native of New Orleans who is driven by his need to do what is right. Working with Pride is Special Agent Christopher LaSalle, who plays hard but works harder; and Special Agent Meredith “Merri” Brody, a charismatic and tough interrogator who transferred from the Great Lakes office in search of a fresh start. Supporting them is coroner Dr. Loretta Wade, who is as eccentric as she is smart. 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.”

Why this show will succeed:

  • Franchise expansion. The good people at CBS know a thing or two about launching a popular spinoff series, just look at the success of NCIS: Los Angeles.
  • Major lead-in power. Leading out of NCIS, CBS is giving NCIS: New Orleans the best launching slot for a new drama (after all NCIS  is the most watch drama in the world).
  • Setting. Taking place in New Orleans, the NCIS franchise’s latest addition will offer fans a series of new and unique cases in a new city (one that is know for its partying ways).

Why this show will fail:

  • Too much of a good thing. Franchises such as NCIS can only launch so many steady spin-offs.
  • Not enough star power. NCIS: Los Angeles worked so well because it brought along two major names in LL Cool J and Chris O’Donnell. With the exception of Scott Bakula, NCIS: New Orleans features quite a few new faces.
  • Not enough originality. In a television landscape dominated by procedurals, it will take more than a strong lead-in to bring in viewers.

Prediction: Five years ago CBS successfully launched its first NCIS spinoff leading out of NCIS, with NCIS: Los Angeles often managing to place among the top ten most watched series. With its lead-in NCIS still going strong in ratings, NCIS: New Orleans has a very strong chance at becoming this fall’s most watched new drama. Expect to see NCIS: New Orleans stick around for the long haul.


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