Scott Bakula Joins Cast of NCIS: New Orleans

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Scott Bakula is headed to The Big Easy, courtesy of CBS.

According to network sources, the veteran actor (Quantum Leap, Men of a Certain Age) will lead the upcoming NCIS spinoff set in New Orleans as Special Agent Pride.

The character is described in casting notes as being "warm" and "driven to do what's right," while also embodying the city itself and being perfectly suited to the "unique region.

Scott Bakula as Terry

NCIS boss Gary Glasberg and star Mark Harmon will produce NCIS: New Orleans, whose pilot will be part of a two-part NCIS Season 11 episode this spring.

With Pride set, the series is now casting for:

  • Agent LaSalle. a “muscular,” “devilish” and “charming” 30-something former Sheriff’s deputy and Louisiana native.
  • Agent Brody, a 30-something female with an Ivy League mind and “Grace Kelly-like class, pomp and circumstance."
  • Dr. Wade, the “outspoken” and “eccentric” Ducky-like member of the unit.

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I'm looking forward to this show. I love the NCIS series & I love, love, love Scott Bakula. Two great reasons for me to watch!!!


Agent LaSalle. a “muscular,” “devilish” and “charming” 30-something former Sheriff’s deputy and Louisiana native.
Agent Brody, a 30-something female with an Ivy League mind and “Grace Kelly-like class, pomp and circumstance." So basically we're looking for clones of Tony and Kate.

@ sacjones

Clones of Tony and Kate? Is that bad? They're very popular characters. But I doubt they'll have the same hang-ups our dynamic duo had in the beginning. I try not to judge until I've seen a few episodes. I'm looking forward to this.


Great, a Enterprise captain is worth my time :-)


I don't watch NCIS, but I will watch anything that Scott Bakula is in. I've loved him since I was a kid and he was on Quantum Leap.

@ Robin Harry

Heh, "Quantum Leap" was a lot of ridiculous fun. It's even more hilarious when you consider their version of what the future would be like - lots of light-up accessories and very 80s clothing styles! I loved the way that Bakula and Dean Stockwell played off each other, too.

@ Dreamrose

Dreamrose - honestly, I wanted to marry him LOL I have all of Quantum Leap on DVD, it's one of my fave shows of all time. It actually ages quite well - I can rewatch it and it doesn't feel dated. Except when they talk about computers LOL


they should get Melina Kanakaredes as the female agent

@ Michael

I'm not sure I see that happening either, not so much because of the age thing, but because she's "done" that kinda character already on this same network. I'd like to see her do something different.

@ Michael

Interesting choice; I liked her on CSI: NY, but I'm not sure if see it happening here. For one thing, she's in her mid-40s, if I remember correctly. Then again, these are casting calls, and they might rework the character if they find an actor that just *works*.


This bit of casting news has actually made me more interested in NCIS: NOLA than pretty much any other piece of news regarding this spinoff. I have fond memories of Scott Bakula from "Quantum Leap," "Enterprise," and "Chuck." I'm just hoping the rest of the actors they cast don't try to be clones of the original cast members. As a one-off joke, that sort of thing is fine - funny, even - but it can't work long-term.

@ Dreamrose

I hope your wish is fulfilled, but CBS has a track record of doing just that--you can "align" the characters across the (once) three CSI franchises and the two NCIS franchises. Even if CBS doesn't do that for this third franchise of NCIS, viewers will.

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