Scott Bakula is set to lead the cast of CBS’ NCIS planted spinoff set in New Orleans. Like the mothership series starring Mark Harmon, the spinoff too is built around a central character, NCIS Special Agent Pride, played by Bakula. Executive produced by NCIS showrunner Gary Glasberg and Harmon, spinoff is set at the NCIS New Orleans office which handles cases from Pensacola through Mississippi and Louisiana to the Texas panhandle. It centers on NCIS Special Agent Pride (Bakula), who embodies New Orleans. He’s driven by the need to do what’s right and does it all with warmth, passion, strength and humor. The planted spinoff will air as a two-part NCIS episode this spring. Quantum Leap and Men Of A Certain Age alum Bakula was recently nominated for an Emmy for his role in HBO Films’ Liberace biopic Behind The Candelabra and currently recurs on the new HBO comedy Looking. Bakula, repped by ICM Partners and Anonymous Content, has completed India-set musical Basmati Blues opposite Brie Larson and Elsa And Fred opposite Christopher Plummer and Shirley MacLaine.
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Lead acting mini/movie nominee Jessica Lange (American Horror Story: Asylum) and supporting acting hopefuls Sarah Paulson (also for American Horror Story: Asylum) and Scott Bakula (Behind The Candelabra) share thoughts on their characters, shows and nominations.
AwardsLine: What attracted you to American Horror Story: Asylum?
Lange: I have to admit that the horror genre is not something I am a fan of. Really, what drew me to it was the description of the character and what I knew (creator Ryan Murphy) would write for me, what I would be given to play. So that, more than anything, was why I signed on for the first season. Then, along the way, we started talking about the story for the next season, which I found even more interesting, because of the overarching themes, which seemed more powerful to me, dealing with things that I love delving into—madness and a kind of failed life, retribution, redemption.
EXCLUSIVE: Scott Bakula, Emmy nominated for his supporting role in Behind The Candelabra, is returning to HBO with a recurring role on the network’s upcoming Michael Lannan/Andrew Haigh series, which has been given a title — Looking. The eight-episode dramedy series revolves around three friends in San Francisco (Frankie J. Alvarez, Murray Bartlett, Jonathan Groff), who explore the fun and sometimes overwhelming options available to a new generation of gay men. Bakula will play Lynn, an attractive entrepreneur and pillar of the Castro community. Haigh directed the pilot written by Lannan, with Haigh and Sarah Condon executive producing the series and Lannan serves co-exec producing. Production is slated to begin in the fall in San Francisco for a 2014 premiere. Quantum Leap and Men Of A Certain Age alum Bakula, repped by ICM Partners and Anonymous Content, recently completed three indies, Max Landis’ Me Him Her, India-themed musical Basmati Blues opposite Donald Sutherland and Elsa And Fred opposite Christopher Plummer and Shirley MacLaine.
Looks as though TNT will not go forward with its Geena Davis bounty hunter drama series. According to sources with knowledge of the situation, the network has decided not to take the next step after seeing the pilot, which was shot in April. Something to do with its tone. This project, from Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment, Ternion Productions and 3 Arts, was one of the cable net’s more high-profile projects. Written by Scott Prendergast and Amy Berg, it was inspired by the real-life story of bounty hunter Mackenzie Green. Davis was cast in the role of the unconventional bail bondswoman and bounty hunter, whose eccentric personality and unusual tactics give her an advantage in a tough and unpredictable business. Back in March, when Deadline last checked in on the project, Men Of A Certain Age star Scott Bakula had been cast, marking his return to TNT playing Mackenzie’s former husband, a cop. The tony cast also included Gloria Reuben, Marsha Mason, and Enrico Colantoni. Reuben was to have played an Assistant DA. Colantoni was cast as Mackenzie’s former accountant, and Mason was to play Mack’s tough-as-nails mother.