- The show is moving its airdate to Tuesday at 8 PM, restoring the tradition of airing NCIS on Tuesdays.
- It’s reported that NCIS: Sydney is being moved away from Monday to avoid competing with ABC’s Monday Night Football.
- NCIS: Sydney is a spinoff of the successful NCIS franchise, which has launched other successful spinoffs set in different locations.
NCIS: Sydney is restoring a franchise tradition with its new debut date. Itself a spinoff, with its origins going back to the 1990s drama JAG, the NCIS franchise has shown that it’s very capable of launching successful spinoffs set in different locations. There’s been NCIS: Los Angeles, NCIS: New Orleans, and NCIS: Hawaiʻi, with another international offshoot soon joining the roster.
Deadline confirms that NCIS: Sydney will move its airdate to Tuesday at 8 PM. In doing so, it will restore the NCIS tradition of airing on Tuesdays. CBS had moved NCIS to Monday in 2021, in order to make room for the FBI shows. But given the ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, NCIS: Sydney will have that timeslot all to itself. It’s reported that the spinoff is being moved away from Monday to avoid clashing with ABC’s Monday Night Football.
What To Know About NCIS: Sydney
NCIS: Sydney focuses on rising international tensions in the Indo-Pacific, shedding light on “the brilliant and eclectic” team of U.S. NCIS Agents and the Australian Federal Police. It shows how they end up as part of a multi-national taskforce with the goal of keeping naval crimes in check in the most contested patch of ocean on the planet.
NCIS: Sydney features an ensemble cast. Todd Lasance stars as Sergeant Jim “JD” Dempsey. He appears along with Sean Sagar as NCIS Special Agent DeShawn Jackson, Olivia Swann as NCIS Special Agent Michelle Mackey, Tuuli Narkle as AFP Liaison Officer Constable Evie Cooper, Mavournee Hazel as AFP Forensic Scientist Bluebird ‘Blue’ Gleeson, and William McInnes as AFP Forensic Pathologist Dr. Roy Penrose.
The spinoff will be in a good position to succeed, as it’s one of the few scripted originals that will be airing on broadcast TV during the ongoing strikes. If it does, there may be a push for more international series that carry the NCIS name as a way of enticing viewers to subscribe to Paramount+. NCIS: Sydney was originally intended for Paramount+, though it shifted to CBS as the result of a void in original programming.