Two of my favorite actors from Don Bellisario shows—Scott Bakula (Quantum Leap) and Zoe McLellan (JAG)—have been cast along with C.C.H. Pounder in the New Orleans-based backdoor pilot from NCIS producers Gary Glasberg and Mark Harmon.
Bakula will play the lead agent, Pride, a friend of Gibbs' from the days of NIS who helps him investigate the murder of a mutual friend. McLellan will play Agent Brody, a Midwestern fish-out-of-water looking to make a fresh start. Pounder will play Dr. Wade, the Jefferson Parish M.E.
UPDATE (Feb. 10): Alabama native Lucas Black, who played Pee Wee Reese in 42, was announced as Agent LaSalle, who "relocated to New Orleans as a kid and now he embodies its edge and fun and sexiness. He's a man who works hard and plays harder. A no-nonsense federal agent who believes in doing what's right no matter what." Black tweeted that shooting begins in a week
UPDATE (Feb. 18): TVLine reports Paige Turco has been cast as Special Agent Pride's wife, Linda. I like the prospects for a married lead agent. It goes against the typical driven loner lead. Years ago, Don Bellisario thought aloud about marrying off two NCIS agents.
I'm glad NCIS: Los Angeles has succeeded, but I find the show too uneven to buy on DVD. Last season's L.A. spinoff attempt, "Red", didn't wow me. I had been skeptical about this attempt, too, but Bakula, McLellan, Pounder, Black, and Turco will bring a lot to their roles if allowed.
Part One of the two-part episode, "Crescent City", is scheduled to air March 25.