NCIS: Sydney is quickly becoming an essential part of the NCIS franchise. The show was originally announced as a standalone release that was going to be tailored to fans in Australia, but the strike has changed things radically. NCIS: Sydney is now getting an international release, and due to the production delays on the rest of the shows in the franchise, it will be the only NCIS show to air during the fall season.
While it’s undoubtedly exciting to meet new characters and get a feel for the show’s unique flavor, showrunner Morgan O’Neill has confirmed that NCIS: Sydney will contains lots of references and Easter Eggs to the rest of the franchise.
When does NCIS: Sydney premiere on CBS?
“There are a couple of little Easter eggs there”, O’Neill told TV Line. “I won’t spoil them, but they’re definitely there.” She went to explain the fine line that she tried to maintain during production, in terms of balancing the new with the familiar. “One of the things that I think audiences love about this show is the fact that it feels like a universe, not individual shows.”
This is an approach that O’Neill attributes to CBS, and the network’s flexibility when it comes to letting each show in the NCIS franchise have its own voice. ” I think that’s what was really clever about the way CBS developed this franchise is they didn’t go out to make the same show twice”, she explained. “If you look at the original show, the mothership, it’s very different from L.A.…”
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The showrunner drew additional comparisons between the NCIS: Sydney ensemble and some of the NCIS ensembles we’ve seen in the past, but this is where Sydney distinguishes itself. “Three-quarters of them are Australians and that makes for a very, very different experience”, she added. “A lot of the things that Americans take for granted about the world will be put up into relief here a bit, and interrogated.”
NCIS: Sydney premieres November 14 on CBS. It’ll be distributed internationally by Paramount Global Content Distribution and, and will be made available to stream on Paramount+ in select international territories.
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