NEW ORLEANS, LA (WLOX) - The crime drama "NCIS" is one of the longest running and most popular television series in the history of television. Different versions of the show have been set in various cities. The new "NCIS: New Orleans" will premiere on WLOX CBS on September 23.
Actor Scott Bakula, best known for his role in the TV show "Quantum Leap," will star as NCIS Special Agent Dwayne Pride. WLOX News visited with Bakula between shooting scenes, and he said he's very excited about being part of one of the most successful shows in television history.
"I've never been in the position where the ball is handed to me from the number one show on the planet. It's a gift," Bakula said.
The show will be shot on location around New Orleans and will feature the city's history and culture.
There is a South Mississippi connection to "NCIS: New Orleans." D'Wayne Swear ran the NCIS New Orleans office. He also worked with the Hancock County Sheriff's Department. He lives in Gulfport and serves as technical adviser for the show.
"Though it is entertainment, they really are focused on reality. They ask me questions about the sets, if they really look this. They also ask about steps in an investigation and they really do it," said Swear.
Bakula's character is actually based on Swear's real life experience in the NCIS New Orleans office.