"NCIS" is the gift that keeps on giving for CBS.
The mega-hit drama has already spawned one successful spinoff, "NCIS: Los Angeles." And now executive producer Gary Glasberg and star Mark Harmon are hoping the crime procedural's magic will extend to a third series set in New Orleans.
The "NCIS" team is planning a backdoor pilot — an episode of the original series that introduces the new characters for the potential spinoff — to air in spring 2014.
According to Showbiz 411, there are four main characters and the roles are open to any ethnicity. Here's a rundown of each, with our casting suggestions. Plus, check out who our followers on Twitter want to see on the spinoff!
Agent Pride: A 50-something "charismatic and full of life" male who is "stubborn" and "no-nonsense" is the lead of the show, so he'll have to stack up to Harmon's Gibbs. We can see Benjamin Bratt, Titus Welliver, or Dylan McDermott as the tough guy in charge.
Agent LaSalle: This "sexy," "devilish," "sweet and raw" 30-something male is Louisiana born and bred. They need a hottie in this role, so how about Ben McKenzie ("Southland"), Mike Colter ("The Good Wife"), or Shane West ("Nikita")? We also like wild-card idea Enver Gjokaj, who recently guest starred on "The Walking Dead."
Agent Brody: This brilliant female in her 30s boasts a "Grace Kelly-like" demeanor along with an "Ivy League mind," and is "unpredictable, passionate, dedicated." A wide range of actresses could fit this mold, including Maggie Q ("Nikita"), Anna Torv ("Fringe"), or Autumn Reeser ("Last Resort").
Dr. Wade: The "outspoken" 40-something female medic of the team is "full of contradictions" — beautiful, "eccentric," and a lover of college football. We immediately thought of Carrie-Anne Moss ("Vegas"), Jennifer Beals ("The L Word"), and Molly Parker ("Deadwood").
Our Twitter followers also suggested:
@YahooTV Charles S. Dutton could be team director. He hasn't been on TV in a minute.— Keith Adams (@BigBrother1988) December 9, 2013