That's a wrap on NCIS: New Orleans. CBS has announced that the long-running spin-off series will conclude with its current season 7. The series finale is now set to air on May 16. It will be the show's 155th episode overall. While that is a huge run in the television landscape overall, it will go down as the shortest-lived entry in the NCIS franchise.
The series was created by the late Gary Glasberg. It stars Scott Bakula, who also serves as an executive producer. The show revolves around the crime unit that operates in the city of New Orleans. Bakula had this to say about the news in a statement.
"Sad to end our love affair with this phenomenal city but so grateful for all the friends we made along the way. I will miss the music. Big thank you to CBS for seven years."
NCIS: New Orleans first hit the air in 2014. It has been a steady hit in the ratings department for the network ever since. The current season has averaged more than 7 million viewers per episode. That makes it one of the top 20 dramas on TV. The cast also includes Vanessa Ferlito, Necar Zadegan, Charles Michael Davis, Rob Kerkovich, Daryl "Chill" Mitchell, Chelsea Field and CCH Pounder. Executive producers and showrunners Christopher Silber and Jan Nash had this to say.
"It has been our sincere pleasure and honor to work on this show and with this incredible cast and crew for over 150 episodes. As disappointed as we are to see NOLA end, we couldn't be prouder of the work we've done and are grateful to the spectacular and resilient Crescent City that embraced us for seven wonderful years."
Other shows in the franchise include NCIS: Los Angeles and the flagship series, NCIS, which has aired more than 400 episodes since its debut in 2003. Los Angeles, which kicked off its run in 2009, is fast-approaching 300 episodes. Kelly Kahl, president of CBS Entertainment, had this to say.
"From the start, NCIS: New Orleans was able to distinguish itself with its New Orleans authenticity. From the colors and music to the vibrancy and stories you can only find in the Big Easy. Thanks to the amazing talents of the producers, writers, cast and crew, NOLA has played a key role on our schedule. We're pleased to give it a big sendoff and that viewers will have the opportunity to say goodbye to their favorite characters as the final season wraps."
CBS recently announced the cancelation of another long-running show in Mom, which will conclude its run after eight seasons. A new spin-off series will soon fill the void left behind by NCIS: New Orleans. Christopher Silber and Jan Nash are currently working on a new spin-off titled NCIS: Hawaii. As the title implies, the new spin-off will take place in Hawaii. There is no word yet on when the new series will make it to air. This news comes to us via Deadline.