NCIS will expand even further with a brand new spin-off set in Australia, but it hasn’t exactly sat well with a number of diehard fans.
Yet another NCIS offshoot has just been announced for Paramount Plus, this time taking place in one of Australia’s most iconic cities. With new instalments of NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: Hawaii also on the way on CBS, some have been celebrating the news on Twitter, while others believe the multi-series franchise could be stretching itself too thin.
The announcement of NCIS: Sydney has drawn mixed reactions from fans of the crime-solving drama.
While fellow spin-offs NCIS: LA and Hawaii are still going strong, there are concerns the mainline NCIS series could be coming to an end.
With not one but three spin-offs picking up the slack, could CBS be getting ready to say goodbye to the show which started it all?
Now the show’s lead Mark Harmon has departed his role as team leader Leroy Gibbs, the flagship series could start to wind down as it heads into its 20th season.
However, even the most diehard fans of the show could start to lose interest, as the addition of a new team based in Sydney could prove one spin-off too many.
On Reddit, NCIS fan Sonnyboy35aa asked: “How many NCIS shows are too many?
“Original is nearing the end as is NCIS LA. NCIS Hawaii is enjoyable but who knows if it’s coming back.”
NCIS Hawaii was announced early last year just as rumours of Mark’s exit from the main series were starting to pick up more steam.
NCIS: LA is still not showing signs of slowing down, but has similarly said goodbye to some core cast members in recent years.
Now the franchise has two fresh-faced spin-offs to entice fans, CBS may start to slowly wind down production on the original shows.
Reddit user erwint0920 was equally unimpressed, adding: “I am sorry but this doesn’t interest me one bit. I don’t have Paramount+ anyway, so…”
And loveintheorangegrove replied: “I’m not sure how I feel about it. I live in Australia and think we have some amazing actors and actresses but not sure how it will all work.
“I sort of wish they would spend the time and money on fixing the original series which seems to have slipped a bit.”
Responses to the series have been lukewarm recently, but each episode still draws in millions of viewers on Sunday and Monday nights.
Over on Twitter, however, reactions to the latest NCIS news were much more positive.
JoJo said: “This is very exciting and will be very interesting to see who stars in this.”
And if there’ll be any crossover episodes with @NCIS_CBS @NCISLA @NCISHawaiiCBS? Haven’t been this excited since they did JAG episodes in Sydney.”
And Aussie Fan speculated: “Will Special agent Tony Dinozzo come for a visit down under?”
A new spin-off could be a perfect opportunity to bring back some familiar faces, but CBS will have to wait and see if NCIS fans are still showing up before any more crossovers are confirmed.
NCIS: Sydney will premiere on Paramount+ Australia in 2023. A UK and US release date is yet to be announced.