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‘NCIS’ offers look at New Orleans spin-off; slow pace a big turn off for fans

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The NCIS two-part show concluded on Tuesday night and most fans who love the CBS show thought the buildup for a possible new spin-off was a serious disappointment. Setting a different tone than the original NCIS show, the portions of the show that focused on New Orleans offered a slow, drawn out pace that become boring. According to Zap2It on Wednesday, the night was slow for ratings and NCIS was on top for the night, but down half a million viewers from last week.

Fans were excited to see Agent Gibbs go to New Orleans to work a scene of a crime, but bringing along the newest member of the cast, Emily Wickersham, was a supreme disappointment. Her character, Agent Eleanor "Ellie" Bishop, hasn't connected with the fans so far this season and adding in more guest characters didn't offer up a compelling episode. The choice to bring the newbie instead of a solid character might have thrown off the entire show. Fans would have rather seen Agent Timothy McGee or Agent Tony DiNozzo introduce the New Orleans characters with Gibbs. At least it would have given viewers another reason to try harder to like the spin-off idea.

As CBS looks into the idea of a NCIS New Orleans spin off, the fans all hope the network considers what makes NCIS as well as NCIS: Los Angeles so enticing to watch. Plenty of action, relatable characters and compelling stories. Having the back drop of New Orleans might be nice, but there needs to be some action to gain any traction for it to be a successful series.


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