CBS has decided it needs even more Entertainment Weekly has more details.. The network has cast Scott Bakula as Special Agent Pride, who leads the New Orleans branch of the crime fighting organization. His character will appear in a two part episode this spring that will serve as a backdoor pilot for the proposed : New Orleans spin-off. Last year, CBS employed a similar strategy, introducing characters for a potential spinoff, : Red in an episode of NCIS, but decided not to move forward with the project. The show's first spin-off NCIS: Los Angeles has been a success for the network.