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NCIS New Orleans

NCIS: New Orleans is an American television drama that aired on CBS since September 23, 2014.

It is a spin-off of crime-action drama series NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles, which exist in the same franchise universe.

Summary

This series is about NCIS officers investigate crimes affecting military personnel in Louisiana and nearby states.

Cast

  • Scott Bakula as Agent Dwayne "King" Pride
  • Lucas Black as Agent Christopher LaSalle. (Season 1-6)
  • Zoe McLellan as Agent Meredith "Merri" Brody (Season 1-2)
  • Vanessa Ferlito as Tammy Gregrio (Season 3-current)
  • CCH Pounder as Dr. Loretta Wade
  • Rob Kerkovich as Sebastian Lund
  • Daryl "Chill" Mitchell as Patton Plame (Season 2-present, recurring season 1)
  • Shalita Grant as Sonja Percy (Season 2-4, recurring season 1)

Season overview

Season Episodes First air date Last air date
Season 1 23 September 24, 2014 May 12, 2015
Season 2 24 September 22, 2015 May 17, 2016
Season 3 24 September 20, 2016 May 16, 2017
Season 4 24 September 26, 2017 May 15, 2018
Season 5 24 September 25, 2018 May 14, 2019
Season 6 24 September 24, 2019

Production

Casting

Scott Bakula was cast as the series lead on February 2014 with CCH Pounder, Zoe McLellan and Lucas Black joining soon thereafter. Rob Kerkovich joined the cast in July. He was the final original cast member to join the series, though Daryl Mitchell and Shalita Grant joined the series as regulars during season 2. Both had recurred previously.

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

On February 2, 2018, it was announced that Shalita Grant would leave the series in the 17th episode of season 4.

Controversy

Brad Kern became the series 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, and would remain only as consultant, with Chris Silber replacing him as showrunner.

Reception

Critical response

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 Wraps 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."

Ratings

Season Timeslot (ET) No. of
episodes
Premiered Ended TV season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Date Premiere viewers
(in millions)
Date Finale viewers
(in millions)
1 Tuesday
9:00 pm/8c
23 September 23, 2014 17.22 May 12, 2015 13.61 2014–15 4 17.42
2 24 September 22, 2015 12.62 May 17, 2016 13.30 2015–16 6 14.75
3 Tuesday
10:00 pm/9c
24 September 20, 2016 11.12 May 16, 2017 9.22 2016–17 4 13.34
4 24 September 26, 2017 8.78 May 15, 2018 9.44 2017–18 13 12.22
5 24 September 25, 2018 8.97 May 14, 2019 6.93 2018-19 18 10.83
6 Tuesday 10pm 2019

Sunday 10pm 2020

25 September 24, 2019 6.66

Awards & Achievements

Year Association Category Nominee(s) Result
2015 People's Choice Awards Favorite New TV Drama NCIS: New Orleans (nominated)
Favorite Actor in a New TV Series Scott Bakula (nominated)

External links

Video

NCIS New Orleans Intro

NCIS New Orleans Intro

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