NCIS: Sydney to launch in 2023
First ever international series for NCIS is headed down under, for Paramount+ and Network 10.
NCIS: Sydney is being adapted for Paramount Plus Australia and Network 10 in a deal that marks the first international edition for the US juggernaut.
NCIS: Sydney will launch in 2023 and feature local stories with Aussie actors and producers. NCIS: Los Angeles creator, Aussie Shane Brennan, is attached.
Chief Content Officer and Executive Vice President, ViacomCBS Australia and New Zealand, Beverley McGarvey, said: “We are thrilled to welcome the inaugural international series of NCIS to Australian shores.
“It is such a privilege to be able to continue the legacy of such a wonderful show and incorporate the superior NCIS storytelling while introducing new Australian characters and locations. We can’t wait to get production underway.”
Angela Bishop on Studio 10 said, “NCIS as we all know, is one of the world’s most successful TV dramas, ranking as the number one US TV drama franchise globally. NCIS, NCIS Los Angeles and NCIS New Orleans have been seen in more than 200 markets worldwide and NCIS won the international audience award as the most watched TV series.
“It is absolutely huge news that they will now be an NCIS: Sydney the first series to be set and filmed outside the US. Production is going to commence later this year and it’s going to be filmed against our awe-inspiring, panoramic and spectacular backdrop of one of the world’s most breathtaking harbour cities Sydney. The fact that it’s a harbour city is important for the whole Navy part of it,” she said.
“Cast announcements will be made soon. It’s going to launch locally on Network 10 and Paramount+ but it’s also going to play internationally on Paramount+ from next year.
“So that’s Sydney going to the world with one of the best drama franchises ever.”
Shane Brennan added, “CBS Studios’ announcement today that Paramount+ will bring the NCIS franchise to Australia is a massive vote of conﬁdence in the Australian industry. It means writers, directors, actors and crew will have the opportunity to showcase their talent producing an Australian version of a franchise that is recognised around the world.
“The series will have a uniquely Australian feel but will deliver all the drama and thrills of this franchise against the backdrop of our most recognised and iconic city.
“CBS Studios and Paramount+’s decision adds to Australia’s burgeoning reputation as being the place to make cost eﬀective, high quality, writer-driven drama for a worldwide audience.”