David Williams, TVFirstLook
NCIS: New Orleans (CBS, 9pm) immediately hooks you with a grisly image of death in its debut episode tonight. Unfortunately, the newest NCIS plays it too safe from there.
NCIS: NOLA’s agent Dwayne Pride (Scott Bakula) is investigating the murder of a young man he’d liberated from the hard streets and mentored into being an upstanding Navy man. Clues suggest the crime is related to the victim’s past gang life, but Prime suspects a larger plot at work.
With him are Agents Chris LaSalle (Lucas Black), a good ol’ Southern boy unafraid of mouthing off, and Meredith Brody (Zoe McLellan), who finds it difficult to transition from the quiet Midwest to the exotic and perilous streets of the Big Easy.