Certain special agents from abroad might just be on their way to our shores after Paramount+ and CBS Studios announced NCIS: Sydney.
The Australian take on the ginormous franchise is the first time NCIS has grown outside of the United States.
The long-running procedural series has birthed numerous spin-offs. First, there was NCIS: Los Angeles in 2009, NCIS: New Orleans in 2014 and NCIS: Hawaii in 2021.
The original NCISstarring series veteran Mark Harmon as Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, is currently in its 19th season.
What we know so far
Production will kick off later this year, so there aren’t any cast announcements just yet. The series will feature local talent as it introduces new Australian characters to the franchise.
Speaking of which, Australian Shane Brennan, the mastermind behind NCIS: Los Angeleswill oversee the show.
Considering the success of NCIS: Los Angeles, which is in its 13th season, we’re confident the Sydney version is in good hands.
It will also spotlight some of Sydney’s best spots … and cut to a dramatic action sequence as a fugitive climbs the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
NCIS: Sydney will launch exclusively on Paramount+ and Network 10 in Australia in 2023. Faithful fans of the franchise who live abroad can catch the series on the streaming service, too.
“We are thrilled to welcome the inaugural international series of NCIS to Australian shores,” Beverley McGarvey, the chief content officer and executive vice-president of ViacomCBS Australia and New Zealand, said.
“It is such a privilege to be able to continue the legacy of such a wonderful show and incorporate the superior NCIS storytelling while introducing new Australian characters and locations. We can’t wait to get production underway.”
ViacomCBS acquired Network 10 in 2017.
Plot details are still under lock and key, so it remains to be seen how the United States Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) fits into Australia.
This particular detail has already sparked quite the debate on Twitter.