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Edwin Hodge cast in TV's first ever fourth-generation spin-off

 

NCIS LABack in 1995, NBC debuted 'JAG,' a military legal/procedural drama which (after a jump to CBS) became a whopping success and lasted for ten seasons. Two memorable episodes of 'JAG' introduced characters which would lead to their own 2003 spin-off series, 'NCIS.' The spin-off entered rare company with the likes of 'Frasier,' managing to out-live its progenitor, as earlier this year CBS renewed 'NCIS' for an eleventh season. Already very impressive... but we're only halfway through this little tale of television-spawning.

2009 brought about a spin-off of the spin-off; 'NCIS: Los Angeles' debuted, featuring the same tense procedural action with new characters in the City of Angels. Could a third-generation spin-off be successful? Turns out the answer is a rousing yes, as 'NCIS: Los Angeles' was renewed for a fourth season and is still healthily running alongside the original 'NCIS.' And that brings us to today:

Edwin HodgeEdwin Hodge has just been cast in an upcoming spin-off of 'NCIS: Los Angeles.' Shane Brennan, showrunner for 'NCIS: Los Angeles,' has set up the spin-off project with a backdoor pilot deal at CBS. The series, the first fourth-generation spin-off in television history, follows a mobile team of agents who are forced to live and work together as they crisscross the country solving crimes. It is as of yet untitled, however given the success of the odd titles 'JAG' and 'NCIS,' it would seem it doesn't matter that much.

Edwin Hodge is slated to play Kai Ashe, the incredibly bright, witty and likable technical assistant, an all-round tech savvy computer guy and expert on everything. Hodge is best known from his work on 'Cougar Town' and 'Jack & Bobby.'

 

More on this interesting television first as it develops!


Details
Person:
- Edwin Hodge
Show:
- NCIS: Los Angeles
Network:
- CBS

Written by: bad_subject
Feb 5th, 2013, 4:18 am

Images courtesy of CBS

victor_muscles

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Message Posted On Feb 5th, 2013, 3:45 pm

thanks for the correction - yep.. the other site said NBC 95-96 - i mistook it as being two seasons instead of only 1.  Anyhow for a procedural drama, the NCIS shows are good and somewhat clever in that they allow the humour to play an integral part - without being a major distraction.

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Message Posted On Feb 5th, 2013, 2:21 pm

Yeah, you're mostly right Victor, JAG did broadcast its first season on NBC. The show was then canceled and picked up by CBS, where it ran for nine more seasons. It's actually similar to how NBC canceled Baywatch after one season, it was picked up for first-run syndication, and then ran 10 more seasons and became a 90's phenomenon. NBC apparently likes to cancel series that then go on to become successful elsewhere.

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Message Posted On Feb 5th, 2013, 2:10 pm

but hey - wasnt JAG originally on NBC and they cancelled it and CBS picked it up at the start of the 3rd season .. gee NCIS etc must be a real thorn in NBC's butt. - i had to check an alternate website about JAG broadcast history.

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Message Posted On Feb 5th, 2013, 1:49 pm

Great catch AB, It had totally slipped my mind that Happy Days was itself a spin-off of Love, American Style. So yeah, any of its spin-offs were third-generation, not second.

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Message Posted On Feb 5th, 2013, 8:32 am

There have been a lot of third generation spin-offs ("Happy Days" is technically a spinoff, so any of its would be, ditto grandchildren of "All in the Family"), but, yeah, this might be the first fourth gen one.

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Message Posted On Feb 5th, 2013, 7:29 am

I can see how you might think that Carolie, but you're slightly misunderstanding the phrase "fourth generation". This new NCIS: LA spinoff is a fourth generation show because the original show was JAG, which then spun-off NCIS, which itself spun-off LA, and so on. Happy Days did have three spin-offs, but they were all spun-off directly from that show, making them all only second generation shows. At least that's what I'd assume is correct.

Anonymous

Message Posted On Feb 5th, 2013, 7:17 am
Initially the basic premise of this makes me think of Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior and how badly it bombed as a spin-off to Criminal Minds. Let's hope they do a good job with casting and the scripts. It would be a shame for the show to be a first in television history and then fail.
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Message Posted On Feb 5th, 2013, 6:14 am

I thought Happy Days had a few spin offs... Mork and Mindy, Laverne and Shirley and Joanie Loves Chachi...does that not qualify as four generations?

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