’NCIS: New Orleans:’ Signs That The Show Might See Its End Soon

A myriad of things make a show popular, especially one like ‘NCIS’ which has been on the air for several years, and each season is more successful than the previous one. Thanks to the show, such actors as Mark Harmon are rich and have really high salaries. Furthermore, once a show starts developing spin-offs, then you can really tell that it has reached maximum stardom.

‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ and ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ take place in the same reality as the first one, but unfortunately, the New Orleans version is not seeing the numbers than the other two. There is a chance that it might be taken off the air soon enough. Let’s get into the reasons why this spin-off is not doing so well.


‘NCIS’ actually developed from the series ‘JAG’, and there were even rumors of a crossover series at some point. ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ was created after the original version. In 2014, the episodes ‘Crescent City Part One’ and ‘Crescent City Part Two’ presented Agent Dwayne Pride, played by Scott Bakula. A few months later, the new series premiered on CBS.

During its fifth season, the crime drama was able to surpass the 100-episode mark, and Scott Bakula appeared in all of them. However, the actor did not believe he would make it to 100 episodes. On ‘CBS This Morning’, Bakula talked about this special milestone, stating, “I've never gotten [to 100] before. 'Quantum Leap' was 97 hours, 'Star Trek: Enterprise' was 98 hours. So I was very superstitious when we got close to 100 that we weren't going to get there.

He continued, “And of course two days before we almost finished our 100th episode, the hurricane was coming up the Gulf and it was headed for New Orleans, and I said, 'This is ridiculous, it's going to wipe out the studio, we're gonna have floods, and I'm still not going to get to a hundred!'" Host Gayle King asked him, “You're saying the show, and you, have reached your creative stride. What does that mean?"

"Shows take a long time to figure themselves out, and characters out, and unfortunately we had a lot of ups and downs in our four years. We've lost people, people have left the show. It's the rockiest show time that I've ever had. So we've had a little bit of peace and quiet, and then, of course, I say that and it's changed again in the last couple of weeks."


In the case of the original ‘NCIS’, Mark Harmon, creator Donald Bellisario, and the long-running cast members like Sean Murray and David McCallum, give the series the solidity needed to survive for a long time. Unfortunately, ‘New Orleans’ does not have this. Producer Brad Kern was running the drama since January 2016, but one year later CBS was notified of his awful conduct.

Allegedly, Kern would use bigoted language, and the complaints were serious, so the network had to fire him in October 2018 when a third person came forward to speak against him. After his departure, Adam Targum rose up as one of the main executives, but the damage continued. Their workplace did not recover.

A source close to the series told Vulture, “Targum has an abrasive personality that doesn’t foster collaboration, but rather a submission to his ideas.” The network decided to fire him in January 2019 after a grievance was presented. This means that the set of ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ received four complaints in regards to their producers over the course of three years.


Scandals are not great for any TV series. No matter how interesting the plot might be, sometimes viewers just can tell when actors are not into their roles. If their workplace was that hostile, then it’s not surprising that ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ might not be able to run as long as its predecessor. Producers have to be on top of everything.

They often help the writers with the plotlines of the drama. They have to make schedules, and even dissipate problems between crew members. If the employees on set do not feel comfortable around the boss, they are not going to perform correctly, which ultimately leads to poor results. Problems with management are almost a death sentence for TV series.

But they could manage to overcome these issues with a new producer and save their show. ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ might not be as popular as the other spin-off and the original version, but their ratings are pretty good. Although the season five’s numbers have not been as great as season four, they are still very high up.

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‘NCIS’ is set in Washington, D.C, but they do not film on location. That is not the case of ‘NCIS: New Orleans’, though. Apparently, not even the best set designers would be able to make a fake New Orleans. Therefore, the show is filmed in The Big Easy. Fans have even encountered some of the actors during visits.

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The original show is currently on its 16th season, and all good things must come to an end. The drama maintains its stellar ratings, but there are many rumors about the current season being final. Mark Harmon is even prepared for the end as he's amazed that a show that has gone on for so long is still doing so well.

“I’ve always thought if there’s ever a time where the writers are walking into the room and going ‘I don’t know what to do,’ then I think we all have to look at each other and call it a day. But, we’re not there yet.” Other speculation wonders if Mark Harmon would leave soon. But he while making $525,000 per episodes, states, “There’s a tremendous amount of pride there, so I see no reason to leave.”

Let us know what you think will happen to ‘NCIS: New Orleans'. If you liked this article, share it with your friends who enjoy the original and the spin-offs. See you next time!

Source: Cheat Sheet, CBS News, Variety, Vulture, Cheat SheetCBS This MorningPeople


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