THE NEWS BUNDLE: CBS Planning 'NCIS: LA' Spinoff Pilot, Characters To Be Introduced in Two-Part Episode Later This Season


NCIS has had an interesting television history in terms of spinning off from different series. The 10 year old CBS hit is itself a spinoff of previous series JAG, while it's companion drama NCIS: Los Angeles featured characters that were first introduced within the course of the series. And though CBS' success has led to an incredibly crowded timeslot environment, it seems they aren't stopping from expanding their hit franchises as now it seems NCIS could be on three nights a week with an all-new series to join the two predecessors.

Deadline reports that executive producer for both series Mark Brennan is writing a currently untitled project that will act as a spinoff of NCIS: LA. Brennan serves as creator and showrunner for NCIS: LA right now and is currently penning an episode of the series that will work almost like a backdoor pilot as the episode will seek to introduce the characters and their unique venture.

Unlike the other NCIS series, this new crime drama won't be rooted in just one town. Instead, it features "a small mobile team of agents, who are forced to live and work together, as they crisscross the country solving crimes". Though the premise of living together sounds a bit too close to USA Network's upcoming series Graceland the concept certainly sounds like a refreshing change of pace for a franchise that has been running for over a decade now.

Though currently untitled, the series could easily pick-up where NCIS: LA left off  and try to adapt one of the original working titles: NCIS: Legend, NCIS: OSP (Office of Special Projects) or NCIS: Undercover.

While CBS would obviously choose whether or not to pick up the series based on these characters' introductions, it's whether or not they have room among a slate of bonafide hits that obviously aren't going away any time soon. Factor in the fellow crime series in the works with an even more high-profile stature Beverly Hills Cop, and it certainly seems that while NCIS has survived as the top franchise on television there may be more downsizing to come for CSI if need be.

We'll keep you updated on which actors or actresses are tapped for the potential new series.