'NCIS' spinoff in the works

Cast of the CBS show

Cast of the CBS show "NCIS." (Handout)

Jethro Nededog, TheWrap.com

, Last Updated: 11:16 PM ET

LOS ANGELES – CBS is looking to expand its “NCIS” franchise once again.

The broadcast network has greenlit a backdoor pilot that will air over two episodes during the series’ spring season, an individual close to production told TheWrap.

The two-parter introduces the NCIS New Orleans office, which handles cases from Pensacola through Mississippi and Louisiana to the Texas panhandle. “New Orleans, with its rich setting of music, fun and debauchery is a magnet for military personnel on leave,” the official logline reads. “And with fun, comes trouble. It is a natural backdrop for a unique character-driven spin-off.”

Executive produced by “NCIS” EP Gary Glasberg and star/EP Mark Harmon, the series will begin shooting in February.

“NCIS” itself was first introduced over two episodes of “JAG” in 2003.

 


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