NCIS season 12 spoilers: Agent Gibbs and cast with New Orleans team

NCIS Season 12 features the same cast as the show closed out Season 11 with, but with a new slate of possibilities – and that goes beyond the mere fact that most of the show’s ongoing plotlines were resolved before the season ended. A few months after changing out one of its core characters due to cast changes, the twelve year old veteran CBS military crime drama is now heading into Season 12 with a potentially even bigger spoiler wildcard: its pairing with new spinoff NCIS New Orleans, which will now directly after it on Tuesday nights.

The NCIS universe has already established the fact that Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs of the NCIS mothership is old friends with Agent Dwayne Cassius Pride of NCIS New Orleans. That alone doesn’t mean much, as the “old friends” backstory is frequently used to retroactively establish personal connections between popular existing characters and new spinoff characters, and not much necessarily comes of it. For instance, after the backdoor pilot established as much, the old friendship between Gibbs and Agent G Callen of NCIS Los Angeles was rarely touched upon during the subsequent five years in which the two shows aired back to back.

But this time it feels different. Mark Harmon and Scott Bakula are actors of similar age. Their characters are cut from similar cloth, both descending from the Mike Franks schools of NCIS agents. So now the biggest spoiler for NCIS Season 12 becomes not so much what happens with new eccentric character Ellie Bishop or her still-being-told backstory, but instead what all viewers can expect to come from the New Orleans angle.

To be clear, it’s not as if there will be weekly crossover appearances. But CBS made the decision to move NCIS LA to a different night and to put NCIS New Orleans on directly after the Agent Gibbs-and-company version of NCIS for a reason. And one has to think that we’ll see recurring intertwining plotlines and villains and perhaps some degree of character-sharing once the new season twelve gets underway.


  1. Marysue on July 7, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Crossovers between the 3 shows would be so awesome. The story line possibilities are absolutely mind boggling. Chicago Fire and its spin off Chicago PD do this very well with the characters guest starring on each others shows. I don’t see why the NCIS shows can’t do the same. It doesn’t have to be every week but for a ratings sweep – wow!

  2. Susan on July 8, 2014 at 9:19 am

    I totally agree. I would love to see some crossovers. Ever since “Legend” I have been waiting and hoping for a story where the team from NCIS LA would go to DC to work with Gibbs’ team. I’m still hoping and waiting.

  3. Erin on July 11, 2014 at 7:46 am

    I know that Harmon and Glasburg have a vested interest in NCIS NOLA succeeding, but I hope that they don’t discard Tony, Abby, and Ducky again this season in order to give us constant Gibbs heavy episodes in order to promote their new project. The only spoilers we’ve gotten so far are about Gibbs and Bishop. Don’t tptb even pretend to care that some fans love other characters anymore?