Stars of NCIS: New Orleans reveal what drew them to the show

Inside peek at 'NCIS: New Orleans'

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WAFB) - The producers of NCIS: New Orleans are hoping the show will live up to all that is the NCIS franchise of shows, but also all that is New Orleans.

"For whatever reasons, I never got down here," Scott Bakula (NCIS Special Agent Pride) said. "So, there's a fascination with this area that I've had for a long time. Getting to be here, experience it and be around this music."

The media was given a behind-the-scenes look at the filming of the second episode of the series. The director calls the shots, but there is lots that goes into just one scene of the show.

Things can be a bit deceiving on the set of NCIS: New Orleans. Part of it goes from a New Orleans warehouse to the Jefferson Parish Coroner's Office. Lots of attention to detail was put into the design of each set.

Part of that detail is the morgue inside the Jefferson Parish Coroner's Office, which is just a set that is built inside a warehouse just outside of New Orleans. It is also the place where female actor CCH Pounder will be seen lots of times. Her character is Dr. Loretta Wade.

"I have a young nephew in Baton Rouge," Pounder said. "Yes, Isa. Hi, coming to see you."

"You've got NCIS, and then you've got New Orleans," Lucas Black (NCIS Special Agent LaSalle) said. "Number one hit scripted television show that's worldwide and to be a part of that franchise, being shot down here in the South, New Orleans, close to home, played a huge factor."

"There's things you can build. You can make sets. You can do that, but there's just a flavor and a reality that when you're actually in a place. Like, we couldn't make this. You can't make it in Hollywood. You can't be next to the Mississippi in L.A. because we don't have any rivers that have water in them. It's just as simple as that."

NCIS: New Orleans premieres Tuesday at 8 p.m. on CBS.

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