There’s no big easy way to say this: Agent Pride’s team will be down a man when CBS’ NCIS: New Orleans opens Season 3.
TVLine has learned exclusively that original cast member Zoe McLellan, who played Great Lakes transplant Special Agent Meredith “Merri” Brody, will not be returning for the coming season.
The reason for McLellan’s exit was a creative decision, seeing as her character had been compromised in the Season 2 finale, due to her association with a Homeland Security agent who turned out to be a misguided zealot.
NCIS New Orleans Fan Gallery > Show > Season 2 > 212: “Sister City: Part 1 & 2”
New stills added to the NCIS New Orleans Fan Gallery from the upcoming cross over episode.
NCIS New Orlean Fan Gallery > Show > Season 2 > 212
NCIS and NCIS: New Orleans cross over on Tuesday, January 5 with a two-hour event on CBS.
The two episodes are titled “Sister City,” with Part One being the first hour on NCIS and Part Two being Hour 2 on New Orleans.
Tyler Ritter (The McCarthys) guest stars in this crossover, as does Smallville and Longmire fan favorite Cassidy Freeman.
In Part One, after the passengers and crew of a private plane traveling from New Orleans to Washington D.C. are lethally poisoned, all evidence points to the missing chef, Abby’s brother, Luca (Tyler Ritter). Gibbs and the D.C. team work in conjunction with Pride and the New Orleans team to locate Luca and determine why a private tech company was targeted.
NCIS New OrleansIn the second hour, while Special Agent Pride and the New Orleans team investigate a Russian sleeper agent who was involved with Abby’s brother, Luca, Sebastian flies to D.C. to partner with Abby on the forensics in the case. Also, Bishop drives through the night to deliver a package and work the case with the New Orleans team, on the conclusion of the special two-hour crossover event.