CBS Prepping Planted ‘NCIS’ Spinoff Produced By Mark Harmon & Gary Glasberg

EXCLUSIVE: CBS is looking to further expand its lucrative NCIS franchise. I’ve learned that the network is working on a planted NCIS spinoff series, which will be introduced in a two-part NCIS episode slated to shoot in February and air in the spring. Set in New Orleans, the potential spinoff is executive produced by NCIS star/executive producer Mark Harmon and executive producer/showrunner Gary Glasberg. The character-driven project, written by Glasberg and produced by CBS Studios, centers on the NCIS New Orleans office which handles cases from Pensacola through Mississippi and Louisiana to the Texas panhandle. New Orleans was picked as a backdrop for the show because of its pedigree of a rich setting of music, fun and debauchery that makes it a magnet for military personnel on-leave. And with fun comes trouble. This would mark the second spinoff from veteran NCIS, which also spawned hit NCIS: Los Angeles. The LL Cool J-Chris O’Donnell starrer also started off as a backdoor pilot, airing as a two-part episode of NCIS. In expanding the NCIS franchise, CBS and CBS Studios are taking a page from their CSI playbook by setting every new series in a new town (Las Vegas, Miami and New York for CSI; Washington, Los Angeles and New Orleans for NCIS). With NCIS and NCIS: LA showing no signs of slowing down, CBS may very well have three NCIS series on the air next season, just like it did with the CSI franchise for almost a decade. Season 11 of NCIS kicks off tomorrow night. Glasberg is repped by CAA, Harmon by Paradigm.

Comments (57)

  • CBS knows how to poop em’ out. Props to Les for making that fat check and continuing to lower the bar.

    Comment by Les ain't more — Monday September 23, 2013 @ 4:03pm PDT  
    • mark harmon,

      good kid from a great family will now die BIG RICH.

      az joe

      Comment by az joe — Monday September 23, 2013 @ 4:16pm PDT  
    • Ugh.
      I can smell the Gerital on the breath of this one….

      Comment by Vaughn Leland — Tuesday September 24, 2013 @ 11:15am PDT  
    • Could this be where Cote de Pablo and Muse Watson show up again?

      Comment by Dee Jones — Tuesday September 24, 2013 @ 7:07pm PDT  
  • Wow…Red Team sure died a quiet death. Where’s that spinoff that starred Kim Raver & Corbet?

    Comment by Captain Awesome — Monday September 23, 2013 @ 4:06pm PDT  
    • Dead as any piece of television that casts Kim Raver as a primary star should be

      Comment by John — Monday September 23, 2013 @ 4:12pm PDT  
      • Amen!!

        Comment by Dansmot — Monday September 23, 2013 @ 4:44pm PDT  
      • Amen to that. I fail to understand how someone so uncaptivating and ordinary continues to get work.

        She was so bad on Grey’s Anatomy I almost missed Katherine Heigl in comparison……almost.

        Comment by Sparky — Monday September 23, 2013 @ 6:11pm PDT  
    • They wisely realized that Corbett’s lack of chemistry with the rest of the Red Team cast would have made it a complete waste of money to greenlight it to series. This “planted” spin-off isn’t going to go any better than Red Team if it isn’t cast right.

      What they really need to do is write Daniela Ruah’s pregnancy into NCIS:L.A. and spin Kensi & Deeks off into their own no-longer-employed-by-NCIS series, perhaps on the home of NCIS & NCIS:LA reruns, USA.

      Comment by Rob J. — Monday September 23, 2013 @ 4:25pm PDT  
    • The casting will be the most important, NCIS:RED failed because of its cast. If they want to see NCIS:NOLA succeed, they need to do it right this time.
      I can think of few actors who would be great for the spinoff:
      - Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Wes Brown, Kevin Rankin, Jorge Garcia for the male roles.
      - Kadee Strickland, Erica Durance, Jasika Nicole for the female roles.

      Comment by Nina — Monday November 4, 2013 @ 7:03am PST  
  • Hmm…so we’re ignoring the failed attempt to spin off NCIS: RED then?
    They’re taking a play from the CSI playbook because their own ploy failed

    Comment by JOhn — Monday September 23, 2013 @ 4:10pm PDT  
  • Don’t forget NCIS: RED!

    Oh, wait, never mind…

    Comment by anonymouse — Monday September 23, 2013 @ 4:11pm PDT  
    • NCIS, Red Bank, NJ?

      Comment by LPB — Tuesday September 24, 2013 @ 8:11am PDT  
  • Let’s hope they cast this one better than Red.

    Comment by ragincajun — Monday September 23, 2013 @ 4:17pm PDT  
  • yeah because NCIS:Red was such a success……oh wait

    Comment by anti-bondoel — Monday September 23, 2013 @ 4:18pm PDT  
  • CBS is really going way out to the limit,in creating another
    spin-off from its “NCIS” series,that was in turn,a spin-off
    from its now defuct “JAG” series,which Donald P Bellisario
    created for NBC-TV and Paramount back in 1995. and while the “CSI”
    franchise appears to be at only one now,,just how far will CBS go,
    in trying to do a third “NCIS” spin-off? and should these spin-offs
    involve its creator Bellisario? gets confusing after a while-but that
    is all part of the game plan,in the end!

    Comment by JOE S HILL — Monday September 23, 2013 @ 4:20pm PDT  
  • This is all a misunderstanding. “NCIS: NO” wasn’t a spin-off suggestion…

    Comment by Oliver — Monday September 23, 2013 @ 4:22pm PDT  
    • my first thought when reading this article was NCIS: NO LA

      Comment by merrrrraanga — Monday September 23, 2013 @ 5:21pm PDT  
    • NCIS:NO starring Grumpy Cat as Gibbs.

      Comment by NOverstock — Monday September 23, 2013 @ 7:22pm PDT  
  • Enough is enough. Red died and a lesson should be learned from that.

    Comment by Shane Vendrell — Monday September 23, 2013 @ 4:25pm PDT  
    • As others have said, the only lesson is that casting is important. The original had one fading star, Harmon, and one relative unknown in Weatherly. The rest of the cast were complete unknowns. It worked because IT WORKED.

      They tried to shoehorn in name actors. Just cast the spin off well, and I will watch. I like good TV shows where the cast has chemistry. I don’t care if they are unknown. Just if I like them or not.

      Comment by Patrick — Monday September 23, 2013 @ 4:31pm PDT  
      • My only addition is: David McCallum. He was the original Illya Kuryakin on Man from U.N.C.L.E. Michael Weatherly was relatively known from Dark Angel.

        NCIS:Red “failed” due to a bad cast imho. That, and being a spinoff of a spinoff of a spinoff. Atleast NCIS: “New Orleans” takes it a back a step in the spinoff hierarchy. I just hope they manage to retain one or more of the NCIS actors if the “parent” show closes, in favor of the new spinoff.

        Comment by Mike — Monday September 23, 2013 @ 7:00pm PDT  
        • Ziva can relocate to New Orleans.

          Comment by NeeVA — Tuesday September 24, 2013 @ 1:08am PDT  
  • Lessee . . . NCIS:L.A. and NCIS:LA. That’s sooooo totally not going to be confusing. (rolls eyes)

    Comment by Rob J. — Monday September 23, 2013 @ 4:27pm PDT  
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