New Orleans will be the home of a brand-new “NCIS” spinoff, “NCIS: New Orleans.” Here, the new team will be conducting their investigations against the backdrop of this unique and one-of-a-kind place. The new show has started filming, and it will be adding a historic site to one of its episodes. Read on to learn more about this scoop.
According to the Times-Picayune, the show will be filming on the historic naval battleship, the U.S.S. Kidd from Aug. 18, 2014 to Aug. 22, 2014.
The new location is highly appropriate for the series, given that “NCIS” conducts investigations on cases related to the U.S. Navy and the Marine Corps. The historical ship will be closed from Aug. 18 to 20, 2014, giving the show enough time to finish filming undisturbed. This was a great find for the show as Evan Easton, the location manager of “NCIS: New Orleans,” was looking for an actual naval ship as a filming location for the show.
The naval ship is currently a museum and is moored on the Mississippi River. She is the centerpiece of the Louisiana Naval War Memorial in Baton Rogue, Louisiana. According to the museum’s official website, the U.S.S. Kidd was named after Rear Admiral Isaac Campbell Kidd Sr., a soldier who passed away after the Pearl Harbor bombings on Dec. 7, 1941. The ship is the 661 destroyer built by the U.S. Navy and is a Fletcher class destroyer. The ship has a lot of history behind her, as she has served in several wars, including World War II and the Korean War. The ship was also featured in a film as one of two ships that were used in the 1958 film, “Run Silent, Run Deep.” The U.S.S. Kidd is a unique ship, as it is one of the only naval vessels ever allowed to fly the Jolly Roger flag that pirates traditionally use, thus earning its nickname “The Pirate of the Pacific.”
Moreover, Alex Juan, the executive director of the U.S.S. Kidd, said that using the ship as a location for the show will help promote the city and the ship, and it will also be financially benefical as they need funds in order to pay for the ship’s insurance fees and budget. So far, the “NCIS: New Orleans” team will have to pay $10,000 in order to use the ship as a location, but that amount is open for negotiation.
“NCIS: New Orleans” will star Scott Bakula, Lucas Black, Zoe McLellan and CCH Pounder. They have been filming in New Orleans since July 2014.
And that’s it for the latest update on CBS’ new show, “NCIS: New Orleans.” For more news and updates on “NCIS: New Orleans” and other television shows, keep following Movie News Guide (MNG).
“NCIS: New Orleans” will premiere on Sept. 23, 2014 at 9:00 p.m. on CBS, after the premiere of “NCIS” Season 12.
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