Why have two “NCIS” series when you could have three?
CBS is looking at another spinoff, as two new characters will be introduced on “NCIS: LA” in a two-part episode.
The spinoff from CBSTV Studios will center on a mobile team of agents who travel the country solving crime (perhaps not unlike Scooby and the gang). “NCIS: LA” boss Shane Brennan will write and executive produce.
“NCIS:LA” was spun off of “NCIS” after a two-hour episode in 2009. “NCIS” was actually a planted spinoff of “JAG” in 2003, and first established itself in a two-part episode. “JAG” aired for one season on NBC and then nine more seasons on CBS.
CBS has been using the planted spinoff formula a lot; “CSI” spawned “CSI: Miami” and “CSI:NY,” while “Criminal Minds” spun off “Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior,” which only lasted a season.
“NCIS” is in its 10th season, and has done well on Tuesdays with “NCIS: LA” as its leadout. “NCIS:LA” averages 15.9 million viewers and a 3.0 rating among adults 18-49.
Donald Bellisario, the creator of “NCIS,” is embroiled in a lawsuit involving profits he says he is owed for “NCIS: “LA.”
“NCIS” stars Mark Harmon, Cote De Pablo and Michael Weatherly. “NCIS: LA” stars Chris O’Donnell and L.L. Cool J.