NCIS, that police procedural show that always seems to be on some TV channel at any hour of the day, is heading to Sydney for its first international edition.

NCIS: Sydney will begin in 2023 on Paramount Plus Australia and Network 10 and will feature local stories told by Aussie actors and producers. With the world’s largest natural harbour, Sydney makes a lot of sense as the setting for a show about naval crimes.

It follows previous spin0ffs based in Los Angeles, New Orleans, and Hawai’i. Interestingly, the creator of NCIS: Los Angeles is actually an Aussie: Shane Brennan, born in Bendigo, is set to helm the Sydney spinoff which must be a nice honour for him.

The original NCIS premiered all the way back in 2003, and was itself a spinoff from the iconic courtroom drama JAG. Almost two decades later, it’s now one of the longest-running dramas on TV, lasting for over 400 episodes with no end in sight.

“We are thrilled to welcome the inaugural international series of NCIS to Australian shores,” Chief Content Officer and Executive Vice President, ViacomCBS Australia and New Zealand, Beverley McGarvey, 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.”

NCIS as we all know, is one of the world’s most successful TV dramas, ranking as the number one US TV drama franchise globally,” Studio 10’s Angela Bishop added. “NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: New Orleans have been seen in more than 200 markets worldwide and NCIS won the international audience award as the most watched TV series.”

Production on NCIS: Sydney is set to start later this year, with casting for the show to be announced soon.

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