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 Posted:   Sep 24, 2013 - 5:38 AM   
 By:   johnjohnson   (Member)

Set in New Orleans, the network has scheduled a two-part episode to air in the spring.

CBS is prepping for a potential third NCIS series.

The network has set a two-part episode slated to air in the spring that will serve as the foundation for a possible spinoff, The Hollywood Reporter confirms. Filming will take place in February.

NCIS showrunner Gary Glasberg and series star Mark Harmon would executive produce the "character-driven" project, which will take place in New Orleans.

The NCIS New Orleans office handles cases from Pensacola through Mississippi and Louisiana to the Texas panhandle. With its rich setting of music, fun and debauchery, New Orleans is a magnet for military personnel on leave.

Should the CBS TV Studios project move forward to series, it would become the second spinoff to come from the NCIS flagship. NCIS: Los Angeles was successfully launched through a backdoor pilot via a two-part NCIS episode that aired in April 2008. (NCIS, itself, was an offshoot of JAG.) Last season, CBS ordered a backdoor pilot NCIS: Red, a potential spinoff of NCIS: LA, which did not move forward to series.

The news comes as NCIS heads into its 11th season, which will see the exit of long-time regular Cote de Pablo. Glasberg wrote in a letter to fans that de Pablo's character, Ziva David, will receive a "heart-wrenching" farewell that promises to resolve her storyline and be a "moment in television history."

Spinoffs are nothing new for CBS, which, at one point touted three different CSI series (CSI, CSI: Miami and CSI: NY) on the schedule and attempted to establish a Criminal Minds franchise. Other networks are also expanding its most most valuable series, with ABC launching Once Upon a Time spinoff Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, The CW touting The Vampire Diaries' offshoot The Originals and NBC rolling out Chicago Fire spinoff Chicago PD.

"Marketing dollars are really challenged, and for a spinoff you've already got a built-in audience and you probably don't have to work as hard to promote it," CBS TV Studios president David Stapf told THR back in August. "In all those cases, it sounds like smart business."

 Posted:   Sep 24, 2013 - 6:48 AM   
 By:   Mikey   (Member)

Thanks for the post! I can always make time for another NCIS series! I just wish Cote de Pablo wasn't leaving, I'll miss her enormously but I have confidence the show runners will find a good replacement.

 Posted:   Sep 24, 2013 - 12:11 PM   
 By:   Gary S.   (Member)

As much as I love NCIS, I miss CSI NY and CSI Miami, CBS needs to bring them back.

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