Actress Paige Turco has reportedly signed on to star on the potential TV series “NCIS: New Orleans,” which will be introduced via an “NCIS” episode this spring.
According to the Times-Picayune, Turco will portray the wife of “New Orleans” protagonist Special Agent Pride, who will be played by actor Scott Bakula.
The seeds of the spin-off will be planted in a two-part episode that will air this spring, according to Deadline. The potential spin-off would then be a possibility to premiere this fall. Actors CCH Pounder of “Sons of Anarchy,” Zoe McLellan of “JAG,” and Lucas Black of “42” are reportedly on board to join Turco and Bakula, according to Deadline.
Turco starred in “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II” and “III” as April O’Neil and appeared on the TV shows “NYPD Blue” and “Party of Five.” More recently, she appeared on the FX show “Damages” as well as the CBS drama “Person of Interest.”
Bakula starred on the TV show “Men of a Certain Age” and recently guest-starred on other TV series such as “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Two and a Half Men,” and “Desperate Housewives.”
The original “NCIS” TV show, which stars Mark Harmon, debuted in 2003, itself a spin-off of the CBS program "JAG." It has already spawned one spin-off, “NCIS: Los Angeles,” which stars rapper LL Cool J and “Kinsey” actor Chris O’Donnell and debuted in 2009. Like the plans for “New Orleans,” “Los Angeles” was introduced to viewers through an episode of “NCIS” that aired during the spring. The show was then greenlit for the fall.
“NCIS” usually has stellar ratings, topping TV Guide’s list of the highest-rated TV programs for the 2012-2013 TV season. “Los Angeles” took fourth place on TV Guide’s list, beaten only by “Sunday Night Football” and the CBS comedy “The Big Bang Theory.”