The reviews are in! ‘NCIS’ spin-off, ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ premiered on CBS on Sept. 22, and chronicles the happenings of a team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service! Is it the best new show of the year? Find Out!
With a cast that includes the incredible Scott Bakula, 59, Lucas Black, 31, and Zoe McLellan, 39, this is sure to be a hit! NCIS: New Orleans premiered on Sept. 22, and is the second spin-off to stem from CBS’s long-running drama, NCIS. Should you head down to the Big Easy? Click inside to check out the reviews!
‘NCIS: New Orleans’ Reviews — Is It A Hit?
Mediocrity, obviously, is not what we should hope for from a spinoff of TV’s most popular drama, just as another CSI/NCIS incarnation is much less than we should demand from America’s most popular network. Still, keeping in mind that things could always be worse — and in the case of this New Orleans based NCIS spinoff, actually were much worse — a just-OK start is at least a step up.
If you had a successful recipe for beignets, would you mess with it? Same rule applies for CBS’s NCIS: New Orleans (9/8c), the latest transplantation of TV’s most durable (and around the world, most watched) franchise. This second spinoff — forcingNCIS: LA to move to Mondays starting next week — of a series that was itself a spinoff (of the long-running JAG) hews strictly to the ingredients that has made its forerunners so popular.
That said, the “NCIS: NOLA” pilot leans cartoonishly on the local color — it takes only until the third scene for Bakula to mention his gumbo, and a murder victim’s father reacts to the terrible news by saying, “Only two things I loved in this world: Calvin, and jazz.” — to make sure we understand how things are different down in the Tremé (and adjacent neighborhoods). They need to ease back on that right quick and focus more on the interplay among its exceedingly likable cast. Not an especially good first episode (the two-part backdoor pilot on “NCIS” last spring was better), but one I may return to on occasion, just like the original series, just to see the actors work. GRADE: C+
Produced with factory-like precision, “NCIS: New Orleans” seems determined not to give viewers watching lead-in “NCIS” any reason to reach for the remote or clap off the TV. And other than the jazz riffs (which no one will confuse with “Treme”) and Scott Bakula subbing for Mark Harmon (who doubles as an exec producer), audiences probably won’t notice much difference between the two shows. Despite conspicuous creole flavoring, this second spinoff looks likely to pick up pretty seamlessly where the “L.A.” edition left off – with Bakula providing good company, and justice served up faster than street-vendor gumbo.
The first episode has a murder and a seemingly corrupt politician, played by Steven Weber. Another familiar face: James McDaniel as a veteran jazzman.
There’s a Crescent City flavor here. But in the larger picture, not much on this menu is unfamiliar.
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Will you be tuning in to watch NCIS: New Orleans? Do you agree with the critics? Let us know your thoughts below!
— Caitlin Beck