Will we see Paige Turco on NCIS: New Orleans, or is she too busy with The 100? –Daniel
Thus far, the latter. Scott Bakula’s TV wife is discussed/alluded to in the very early episodes, but thus far has yet to put in a physical appearance. And if you know how I famously feel about TV’s erstwhile Melanie Cortlandt, so much is about the physical.
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Surrounded by the city’s soulful music and luscious food, Pride and his New Orleans NCIS team investigate a murder case with ties to the military. Meanwhile, Brody acclimates to life in the Big Easy with a little help from her coworkers, on the series premiere of NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, Tuesday, Sept. 23 (9:00-10:00, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network.
NCIS: NEW ORLEANS is a drama about the local field office that investigates criminal cases affecting military personnel in the Big Easy, a city known for its music, entertainment and decadence. Leading the team is Special Agent Dwayne, aka “King,” a native of New Orleans who is driven by his need to do what is right. Working with Pride is Special Agent Christopher LaSalle, who plays hard but works harder, and Special Agent Meredith “Merri” Brody, a charismatic and tough interrogator who transferred from the Great Lakes office in search of a fresh start. Supporting them is coroner Dr. Loretta Wade, who is as eccentric as she is smart. This colorful city that harbors a dark side is a magnet for service personnel on leave, and when overindulgence is followed by trouble, Pride’s team is at its best.
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TV Guide Magazine: Given how well-suited you seem for it, you’re not known for playing cops or doing crime shows.
Bakula: No, I’m not. And I’m happy to be doing one, because I enjoy procedurals as a viewer, going back to Perry Mason. I mean, what was better than that? I’m not the only person in the world who could have done [this role], so I’m extremely grateful that they even considered me, because I don’t have a wealth of this kind of acting history.
TV Guide Magazine: And you’re going to keep doing Looking at the same time. How can that work?
Bakula: I wanted to give them the opportunity to write me out of Looking — I’m not a contract player there — but I’m a big fan of that show. So I said, “If you choose to bring me back, maybe we can work something out.” Logistically, it’s going to be crazy and involve some Saturday shooting, but they’ll work around me.
TV Guide Magazine: Here you are, playing the gay older boyfriend in back-to-back HBO roles, Looking and Behind the Candelabra, when you could have just become that guy who spends the rest of his life signing autographs at science-fiction conventions.
Bakula: After Quantum Leap, a lot of sci-fi things came my way and I had to say, “I can’t do that right now.” But then there was Lord of Illusions and I was like, “Man, Clive Barker! I have to!” Then The Invaders, a miniseries based on a series from the ’60s, and I was like, “Oh, man, I’ve gotta do this too.” I was thinking I really had to say no to any more sci-fi…and UPN called [with Star Trek: Enterprise]. As soon as they said it was [set] 100 years before Kirk and Spock, I was in.
• If it ain’t broke: “Both CBS and ABC,” O’Connor points out, “have decided to try to replicate past successes this season: A third ‘NCIS’ spin-off, this time in New Orleans, is at No. 2, and is sure to garner the big numbers of its predecessors. ABC, meanwhile, can’t contain its excitement about its all-Shonda Rhimes Thursday-night lineup — ‘Grey’s Anatomy,’ ‘Scandal’ and the new ‘How to Get Away With Murder’ (No. 5). They’ve even rebranded the night #TGIT (Thank God It’s Thursday). More like Thank God for Shonda Rhimes, amirite?”