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Scott Bakula Will Star in NCIS Spinoff

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18:  Actor Scott Bakula attends the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

Scott Bakula will star in CBS's upcoming New Orleans–set spinoff of NCIS, according to multiple outlets. He'll play Special Agent Pride, a man who "embodies New Orleans … [and is] driven by the need to do what's right and does it all with warmth, passion, strength and humor," per CBS's description. The network has already spun off NCIS into NCIS: LA, and last year tried to spin off NCIS: Red, which would have starred Kim Raver and John Corbett. (There was a backdoor pilot, but CBS didn't pick up the show to series.) Bakula's currently on HBO's Looking, and between that, Behind the Candelabra, and his work on the late great Men of a Certain Age, this seems like a megadowngrade.

Photo: Jeff Kravitz/Getty