“NCIS: New Orleans” pulled a number of surprises during its seven seasons. But its cancellation ended up shocking series lead Scott Bakula. The actor was caught off-guard by the network’s decision to end the series this season.
Bakula figured the crime drama would come back for another season. In an interview with TV Insider, Bakula discussed his mixed feelings about the ending.
“This being the last season, going out in the middle of a pandemic, I didn’t think it was going to happen,” Bakula said. In a separate interview with the outlet, Bakula admitted he wasn’t quite ready to say goodbye to his character Special Agent Dwayne Pride.
“The last episode of a seven-year series has all kinds of light shining on it. People gave speeches, bumped elbows. They had their masks on. It was bittersweet: We shot 16 episodes and are proud of the season, but it was goodbye — and from a distance,” he said.
Scott Bakula Reflects on ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ Fans
But seven seasons is still a respectable amount for any series. “NCIS: New Orleans” was incredibly popular during its run and maintained strong ratings. Ultimately, the show ended up being a victim of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Scott Bakula had a deep amount of respect for the show’s fans. And he wanted to thank them for making the show a success for seven seasons.
“They followed us to several time slots,” Bakula said.
The show had its ups and downs in regards to programming slots. For instance, when it premiered in 2014, it aired on Tuesdays at 9/8c. But starting in Season 3, the show moved back an hour to 10/9c. Then in Season 6, it switched to Sundays and aired between 10/9c to 9/8c depending on the episode. But as the old mantra goes, if you built it then they will come. And audiences found the show wherever it went.
“I appreciate they’re sticking to us and sticking by us and that transfers to all around the planet. We’re in 200+ markets all over the world,” Bakula continues. “We’ve had a great run. They’ve been very supportive. They seem to have liked the show, they like the stories we told, the characters on the show, and that’s why we do it. We do it because we want people to grow a relationship and attach and invite us into their homes and we don’t take that lightly. I never have. I honor them and we have always had had a great relationship and I look forward to continuing that in the future.”