“NCIS” fans were given a bombshell when they learned that “NCIS: New Orleans” had been canceled. After seven seasons, CBS decided to close the door on the franchise’s spinoff. Now, in the wake of the show’s ending, Kelly Kahl, the president of CBS Entertainment, has given insight into why the network decided to end the series.
During an interview with Deadline, Kahl revealed that the decision to cancel “NCIS: New Orleans” ultimately came down to the fact that the show had run its course. According to Kahl, while the show was “excellent,” the network decided to go in a different direction.
The executive added that the cancellation came after those at the network examined what would make up the 2021-2022 programming. After studying, it was determined that “NCIS: New Orleans” no longer had a spot.
“Every year you evaluate what is making the strongest statement for your schedule and what gives you the best circulation. What will bring you the most numbers of viewers. You ask that question for pretty much every show every year. How can we make the schedule as strong as we can in the fall. That leads to some tough decisions,” Kahl said. “New Orleans was an excellent show for us. But sometime shows hit the end of their cycle and we have to, in some cases, say goodbye.”
Although the announcement that the popular crime drama would end after season seven, fans of the series were sad to see it go.
CBS Executive Explains Why ‘NCIS: New Orleans Had To End
At the time of the announcement, Scott Bakula, who stars and executive produces the series, revealed the news. “Sad to end our love affair with this phenomenal city but so grateful for all the friends we made along the way. I will miss the music. Big thank you to CBS for seven years.”
About two months after outlets reported that “NCIS: New Orleans,” would end, it dropped another bomb. It was later revealed that CBS pulled the plug on “MacGyver.” Kahl later released a statement praising the crew.
“All of us at CBS are extremely grateful for the incredible work and dedication from Lucas and the rest of the cast, as well as Monica, the writers and the entire crew,” the CBS Entertainment president said.
“We’re gratified we get to give this dedicated and loyal fan base the opportunity to say goodbye to their favorite characters in the thoughtful manner this series deserves.”
Although CBS is shutting the door on “NCIS: New Orleans,” it’s set to open another. The network recently announced it had another spinoff in the works: “NCIS: Hawai’i’.” The premiere episode of the female-led crew is set to air on September first. Fans will see Vanessa Lachey take the lead in the upcoming series.