Scott Bakula wasn’t in love with New Orleans the first time he visited the city in 2013 to shoot the film “Elsa & Fred.”
“It was right before the Super Bowl and Mardi Gras, and it was an odd time to be here,” he tells CBS News. “I was here in the winter. I just thought, ‘Maybe I’ll be back,’ but I wasn’t thinking, ‘Wow, I really get New Orleans.'”
Now, though, as the star of “NCIS: New Orleans,” it’s safe to say Bakula “gets” the city now that he lives there five days a week.
“I have a much more personal relationship with the city now,” he explains. “I understand it so much more than I did before.”
Bakula says he knows now why many New Orleans natives were so unwilling to leave their city after Katrina.
Mac “Dr. John” Rebennack will play himself and perform on the second-season premiere of “NCIS: New Orleans,” airing at 8 p.m. Sept. 22 on WWL-TV. The episode also marks the debuts of Daryl “Chill” Mitchell and Shalita Grant as regular cast members (both played recurring guest roles on the show in season one).
The episode’s title: “Sic Semper Tyranis”
The episode description, per CBS: “After a military convoy is bombed on a New Orleans bridge, Pride and the team plan a dangerous undercover operation to retrieve a stolen missile and prevent an attack on a U.S. Naval ship.”
NCIS: New Orleans
In the second season premiere, a military convoy is attacked in order to steal a missile that is part of a Naval exercise. Pride and the team, believing that it is perpetrated by a group of anti-American militants, make plans for a dangerous undercover operation with potentially deadly consequences. Also, two recurring cast members are now series regulars: Shalita Grant, as ex-ATF Agent Sonja Percy, and Daryl Mitchell, as Investigative Computer Specialist Patton Plame.
The film crew for the CBS show “NCIS: New Orleans” will set off controlled blasts and pyrotechnics Sunday on the Crescent City Connection, stopping traffic on the bridge intermittently throughout the day.
On Thursday, the production will set off pyrotechnics in Elmwood at the Robert E. Nims Center Studios, south of Mounes Street and east of South Clearview Parkway, between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
The filming on the bridge Sunday will begin at 7 a.m. and last until 11 p.m. While the bridge will remain open, all lanes will be affected for brief periods, according to a news release from Jefferson Parish.
Katie Williams, director of Film New Orleans, said the traffic stops will be between three and five minutes long.
The HOV lane will be closed for the entire day.
The filming on the bridge will be supervised by the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, State Police, Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office and New Orleans Fire Department.
The filming in Jefferson will be supervised by the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and Jefferson Fire Department.