Back 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 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!