LOS ANGELES — Television enthusiasts on Tuesday found their excitement difficult to contain as the series premiere of the CBS drama “NCIS: New Orleans” drew one day closer.
“When I woke up this morning the first thing I thought was, ‘Another day closer to Scott Bakula collarin’ perps in the Big Easy’,” admitted Canton, Ohio, resident Jake Simmons. “Late September can’t get here soon enough!”
Scheduled to premiere on Tuesday, September 23 at 9 pm EST, the paint-by-number police procedural has generated considerable buzz among viewers who prefer to avoid programming that may prove resonant, thought provoking and/or unpredictable. It’s that buzz that has Chairman of CBS Entertainment Nina Tassler considering the unprecedented move of picking up a second season of the hackneyed whodunit before the series premiere even airs.
“The focus groups just fell in love with Special Agent Cassius Pride (Bakula) and his clichéd conduct as the loose and lovable yet ultimately effective leader of an unrealistically diverse group of Naval Criminal Investigation officers,” said Tassler. “So a second season is definitely something we’re considering.”
In addition to Bakula, the cast of “NCIS: New Orleans,” which marks CBS’ third and hopefully final foray into the world of Naval criminal investigation units, includes such notable television veterans as CCH Pounder (“The Shield”) and Zoe McLellan, who fans of inconsequential military-inspired hour-long dramas no doubt vaguely recall from her work on “JAG,” a fundamentally mindless melodrama that focused on the attorneys of the United States Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s office.
That robust yet indistinguishable cast is fueling the excitement of fans with an undeniable preference for premise over substance.
“I can’t wait to go back to Pound Town, baby!” screamed Lubbock, Texas, resident Frank Mortensen in reference to Pounder, who plays “Dr. Loretta Wade” on the insultingly formulaic police procedural. “Does anyone even remotely doubt that the Pound-dog is gonna bring it to the Crescent City? ‘Cause I sure as hell don’t!”
The series premiere of “NCIS: New Orleans” is slated for September 23, just one hour after the season 12 premiere of “NCIS,” six days before the season six premiere of “NCIS: Los Angeles” and roughly one year before the series premiere of “NCIS: Anchorage.”