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Despite its status as part of one of television's most successful multi-show franchises, NCIS: New Orleans is going to come to an end in the not-too-distant future. The current seventh season will also be the series' last, and there has been no news just yet as to whether any of the familiar faces will migrate over to one of the ongoing NCIS shows. NCIS: NOLA star Rob Kerkovich has weighed in on the end of the series in a sweet exchange with one of the show's writers.
Rob Kerkovich has played Sebastian Lund on NCIS: New Orleans ever since it debuted as its own series in 2014 after launching via NCIS backdoor pilot, and he commended writer Chad Gomez Creasey for his work on the show in an exchange on Twitter, but not without dropping a joke. Take a look:
The NCIS franchise is apparently looking to Hawaii for the next spinoff, but maybe only because nobody of note has heard Rob Kerkovich's pitch for coworkers and unlikely roommates Sebastian Lund and Tammy Gregorio to get their own spinoff! I don't know what that would look like, but I sure would check it out.
In all seriousness, the actor and writer Chad Gomez Creasey had nothing but good things to say to each other, and their exchange has some bitterness to go with the sweet in the knowledge that the number of remaining NCIS: NOLA episodes is limited. In fact, the series finale of NCIS: NOLA is already on the schedule for Sunday, May 16 on CBS.
That's not to say that a change in the air date is impossible; a lot about the television industry has been uncertain over the past year, and NOLA was already one of the CBS shows that had to cut its episode count for the 2020-2021 TV season due to pandemic protocols and costly complications. The next spinoff in development will be set in Hawaii, where it would presumably be easier to safely film than in the bustling New Orleans.
Of course, it's not impossible that some NCIS: New Orleans stars (and perhaps even members of the production team and writers) will stick around the NCIS universe. Assuming NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles are both renewed for the 2021-2022 TV season (although the future of NCIS seemingly depends on Mark Harmon), there will still be shows set in the same universe investigating the same kinds of cases, not to mention NCIS: Hawaii.
The NCIS: NOLA showrunners are both already on board NCIS: Hawaii, so fans can always speculate about potential plot ties between the two shows. The various NCIS shows rarely crossover, unlike the big shared universes over on NBC (with a bit of CBS) and ABC; it should be interesting to see if there's any kind of future for NCIS: NOLA characters beyond the series finale. For now, you can find new episodes of NCIS: NOLA on CBS Sundays at 10 p.m. ET.