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CBS names Scott Bakula star of second 'NCIS' spinoff

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CBS announced on Monday that TV veteran Scott Bakula will play the lead in the network’s “NCIS” spinoff that’s set in New Orleans.

Bakula has starred in several memorable TV series, including “Men of a Certain Age,” “Star Trek: Enterprise,” and “Quantum Leap.”

The two-hour pilot episode of the new “NCIS” series is set to air in the spring and will focus on the New Orleans NCIS office, which deals with cases from Louisiana to the Texas panhandle and from Pensacola through Mississippi.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bakula will portray NCIS Special Agent Pride who is warm, passionate, strong, and humorous. Above all, he’s driven to do what’s right.

The new “NCIS” series is the second spinoff of the original “NCIS” series, which debuted in 2003 and is still in production. The other spinoff, “NCIS: Los Angeles,” premiered in 2009 and is also still in production.

The original “NCIS” series was a spinoff of “JAG,” which ran from 1995 to 2005.

Personal Take

It’s evident spinoffs are a proven success in today’s TV landscape, so why not add another “NCIS” series to the mix?

Equally evident is the scarcity of fresh ideas in the TV ranks.

Although the new “NCIS” show is set in a different part of the country, how different can the crimes investigated really be? Maybe a New Orleans-based criminal will do his dastardly deeds while playing a saxophone during Mardi Gras?

Some experts say the serialized series of recent memory – think “Lost” – are gone. TV viewers want their stories wrapped up neatly at the end of the hour, not dragged out over several seasons.

If that’s true, then this is why shows such as “CSI” and “NCIS” are so successful.

Even so, one needn’t look far for a successful serialized series on TV today. AMC’s “The Walking Dead” – which also is planning a spinoff – continues to set new cable viewing records that surpass much of what’s offered on the traditional networks.

In the end, all that really matters is that there’s well written and acted programming available on the tube.

Besides, who doesn’t like Bakula? He’s a good actor who is careful in the roles he chooses.

Bring it on, CBS, bring it on.

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