This fall brings new dramas and comedies, new loves, and new hopes, so here is the rundown on what too watch, and what too avoid this fall. Now, NCIS is a huge hit so why not make a NCIS: LA? But will it have the success that the three CSI’s have had….
NCIS: LOS ANGELES is a drama about the high stakes world of undercover surveillance at the Office of Special Projects (OSP), a division of NCIS that is charged with apprehending dangerous and elusive criminals that pose a threat to the nation’s security. By assuming false identities and utilizing the most advanced technology, this team of highly trained agents goes deep undercover, putting their lives on the line in the field to bring down their targets. Special Agent “G” Callen (Chris O’Donnell) is a chameleon who transforms himself into whomever he needs to be to infiltrate the criminal underworld. His partner is Special Agent Sam Hanna (LL COOL J), a former U.S. Navy SEAL who has seen action in both Afghanistan and Iraq, and a surveillance expert who uses state of the art monitoring equipment to look out for those in the field and feed them crucial information. Assisting the team is Special Agent Kensi Lo (Daniela Ruah), the exceptionally bright daughter of a slain Marine who lives for the adrenalin rush that comes with undercover work, and Operational Psychologist Nate Getz (Peter Cambor), adept at getting into anybody’s head, profiling the target and monitoring agents’ states of mind before, during and after missions. Armed with the latest in high tech gear and sent regularly into life-threatening situations, this tight-knit team relies on each other to do what is necessary to protect national interests. Shane Brennan (“NCIS”) is the executive producer for CBS Television Studios.
The Good: I do not watch NCIS and never have but I did turn into the backdoor pilot of this version in May and enjoyed it and that continued to the first episode of the LA version. Changes were made for the new series like dropping Louise Lombard character Macy and adding the fantastic Linda Hunt as sort of the mentor/advisor. Also, the set is completely different and beautiful. It is more like a spanish villa and amazing tech than anything else. Linda Hunt is the best part of the pilot as Hetty who is the humor, the sophistication, and the fun of the premiere. NCIS: LA provides great action and look to the show which is very visually appealing however…
The Not So Good: the story is weak. The overlying story that will go over the entire season has no draw to it like say CBS’ The Mentalist which has a captivating Red John arc. Here the story revolves around Agent Callen (Chris O’Donnell) and his backstory. As you know in the backdoor pilot it ends with him getting shot down, here it picks up after he returns to work. That being said this show will be a hit, no doubt about it. It has a built-in audience, a great lead-in, a great time slot, and it is on the number one network. There is no reason it shouldn’t be after it finds its footing.
NCIS: LA airs out its predecessor on Tuesdays nights starting September 22nd at 9.8c.