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Behind the scenes at "NCIS New Orleans"

NCIS New Orleans star Scott Bakula talks with CBS12's Eric Roby

After two hit seasons on CBS, the show NCIS New Orleans has changed things up for season three. The popular drama is trying a new approach this year with new characters and major plot twists that will leave old fans breathless.

"I think season three is going to be fun and exciting and bringing something new to the table." - Lucas Black

Lucas Black, who plays Special Agent Christopher LaSalle on the show, has an upbeat expectation of the coming season. "I think season three is going to be fun and exciting and bringing something new to the table. It's going to be a little bit more wild and crazy and fun." You can expect more fun because NCIS New Orleans is now moving to a later time slot. With the late start the show's writers feel free to take more chances. The opportunity has fellow cast member Shalita Grant very excited to explore plot lines the earlier start time might not have allowed.


During an interview with CBS12 she said: "In our season premiere we started with a burlesque show. We couldn't do that in our old time slot. But we are doing it now. Viewers will get more action and more of "New Orleans quirky culture" that we couldn't do before." It is clear the show will take advantage of the New Orleans feel and explore themes that the producers hope will remake the show into something even more exciting.

"That's the challenge to deliver the same show and keep it vital for everyone." -Scott Bakula


Scott Bakula returns as the star and the leader of the close knit New Orleans team. This year his unit is being investigated by the Feds because a mole infiltrated their ranks. " You know you're always looking for something that you know excites your audience and also excites the creative team. That's the challenge to deliver the same show and keep it vital for everyone."

Vanessa Ferlito is a big source of that new energy. She's the newest cast member. Her character is investigating the unorthodox New Orleans crew. Vanessa is very honest about her new role. "She's literally like Tasmanian Devil," said Ferlito, "She turns everyone's life upside down."

CBS12 had the opportunity to talk to the show's executive producer to get the inside scoop on where the show is going, and why he felt it was essential to switch things up and if the time change is something he's worried about. The entire uncut interview is right here on the CBS12 website.

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