One of the mainstays of American crime drama is getting its first international spin-off – Down Under.
- NCIS: Sydney will be the first international spin-off of the series
- It will be shot locally, with Australian actors and producers
- The news is a boost for the industry after the announced break for local soap Neighbors
NCIS: Sydney will be released in 2023 by Australian network 10 and paid streaming service Paramount+, they jointly announced.
The original NCIS is one of the longest running television shows in the United States and remains one of the most watched in the country.
It has three spin-offs, based in Los Angeles, New Orleans, and Hawaii.
The production of the Sydney series will be led by Australian Shane Brennan, creator of NCIS: Los Angeles.
Paramount+ says the show will feature local stories as well as Australian actors and producers.
“We are delighted to welcome the first international series of NCIS to Australian shores,” said Beverley McGarvey of ViacomCBS Australia and New Zealand.
“It’s such a privilege to be able to carry on the legacy of such a wonderful show and incorporate the superior storytelling of NCIS while introducing new Australian characters and locations.
“We can’t wait to start production.”
Production on NCIS: Sydney is set to begin later this year.
Their announcement of the locally made TV series is a boost for Australia’s entertainment industry after long-running soap Neighbors was dropped by its UK broadcaster.
Channel 5 in the UK – which has been Neighbors’ biggest funder in recent years – has decided not to renew the program after this upcoming UK summer.
Following the announcement, production company FremantleMedia told the cast and crew in an email that the show would be on hiatus.
Neighbor’s continued success has been buoyed by its popularity in the UK, where it is watched by an estimated 1.5 million viewers daily.
But Australian viewing figures have been declining in recent years.
Last night Neighbors – which is on free channel 10 Peach at 6.30pm – had 106,000 viewers in the top five metropolitan cities (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth).
In contrast, a repeat of NCIS on 10 Bold, another Network 10 channel, drew 109,000 viewers.