‘NCIS: Sydney’ Is in the Works

Just when you thought the NCIS universe couldn’t expand anymore, it gets bigger. A brand-new NCIS show is on the way. It was recently announced that NCIS: Sydney will be produced for Paramount+ Australia and News 10. This will be the first time NCIS is spun off into an international version. Here’s what we know about NCIS: Sydney.

When will ‘NCIS: Sydney’ air?

The cast of NCIS poses together.
The NCIS cast | Kevin Lynch/CBS via Getty Images

NCIS: Sydney is expected to air in 2023 on Paramount+ Australia and News 10. As of this writing, it’s unclear if the series will also air domestically. According to CBS, the series will feature local stories with Australian actors and producers. Australian Shane Brennan, the creator of NCIS: Los Angeles, will work on the show.

‘NCIS’ franchises

NCIS is a spinoff of JAG, which aired from 1995 to 2005. NCIS first aired in 2003. The original cast included Mark Harmon as Leroy Jethro Gibbs, Michael Weatherly as Tony DiNozzo, David McCallum as Donald “Ducky” Mallard, Pauley Perrette as Abby Sciuto, Sasha Alexander as Caitlin Todd, and Pancho Demmings as Gerald Jackson (he was Ducky’s assistant before Jimmy Palmer took over).

 After NCIS came NCIS: Los Angeles in 2009. The next franchise to be introduced was NCIS: New Orleans, which aired from 2014 to 2021. The most recent NCIS spinoff is NCIS: Hawaii starring Vanessa Lachey, which first aired September 2021.

‘NCIS’ cast exits

There have been plenty of cast exits over the years. The first main character to the leave NCIS was Alexander. Her character’s ending came as quite a shock after she was shot in the head. One moment Caitlin is having a conversation, the next she’s down on the floor after getting hit by a bullet.

The toughest exit was the departure of Harmon as Gibbs. Many fans thought the character would be on the show until the bitter end, but it didn’t work out that way. After a lengthy suspension, Gibbs decides to retreat to Alaska and leave his job behind. He had a tough life and a career that began to wear on him, so it was time for him to finally slow down and enjoy life.

Another exit fans were sad to see was the departure of Weatherly. He played Tony DiNozzo from 2003 until 2016. He went on to star in Bull for 6 seasons. Some are hoping Weatherly will return to NCIS now that Bull is ending.

Other big news from Paramount+

CBS also announced a SEAL Team movie will air on the Paramount+ platform. According to CBS, the movie will come from the creative team of David Boreanaz, Christopher Chulack, and Spencer Hudnut.

In a statement George Cheeks, president and CEO of CBS and chief content officer for news and sports at Paramount+ says the NCIS and SEAL Team projects represent the network’s efforts to push streaming forward while putting a spotlight on CBS’ offerings.

“These two projects represent two new ways we are expanding our studio footprint while supporting the company’s mission to drive streaming,” says George Cheeks, president and CEO of CBS and chief content officer for news and sports at Paramount+ in a release. “We have the producing roster, production infrastructure, and deep library to be creative and nimble with franchises and other IP for both domestic and international audiences.”

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