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TV Series Review

Wouldn't it be cool if crime procedurals on TV actually lowered crime rates in your city? Why, given the level of crime-show saturation on television these days, real-life felonies would be a hazy memory by now. Judges would play Candy Crush while sitting around waiting for another case to come along. Lawyers would be flipping burgers. And police officers, trying to remember what detective work kinda-sorta looks like, would watch crime procedurals on TV.

Naturally, they'd need to watch CBS, which deals in more crime than the Joker. From  Blue Bloods to  CSI to NCIS, this network has cannily used canned cop shows to become the most-watched broadcast channel around.

Now add NCIS: New Orleans, the second spinoff in CBS' durable NCIS franchise (part of the primetime schedule since 2003). Like its predecessors, the series focuses on a branch of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service—this one located (as you might've guessed) in New Orleans. Special agent Dwayne "King" Pride leads this particular unit, solving military-related crimes across much of the Southeast United States. He's joined in his work by Alabama native Christopher LaSalle, Merri Brody (a transfer from NCIS' Great Lakes division), medical examiner Dr. Loretta Wade and her assistant, Sebastian Lund.

Sebastian is charming in a super-geeky way because, of course, the TV crime procedural rulebook clearly states that every show must have at least one lab-based character who's charmingly geeky. And NCIS: New Orleans does love to follow the rules, filling the nooks and crannies with every genre cliché possible. Crimes reliably solved in 40-45 minutes? Check. Younger actors inserted to attract the rare twentysomething who might tune in via online stream? Check. Older beloved actor leading the cast? Check out Quantum Leap's Scott Bakula!

It's always great to see dedicated law-enforcement officials doing their job to best of their ability, of course. But the weekly mysteries they tackle can be plagued by problematic plot points and can prompt a bit too much late-night musing about the dark underbelly of our society. There are mild profanities thrown in. We see dead bodies and blood. And the camera sometimes peeks into the autopsy room for a bit of gross-out grimness. At least the NCIS shows, unlike the oozingly gory CSI exhibitions, don't camp out there.

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NCIS-New-Orleans: 11-25-2014



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Scott Bakula as Dwayne Pride; Lucas Black as Christopher LaSalle; Zoe McLellan as Meredith Brody; Rob Kerkovich as Sebastian Lund; CCH Pounder as Dr. Loretta Wade; Paige Turco as Linda Pride; Shanley Caswell as Laurel Pride; Steven Weber as Councilman Douglas Hamilton






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Paul Asay

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