‘NCIS: New Orleans’ Premiere: Pride’s ‘Struggle to Survive,’ Mark Harmon’s Guest Spot & More

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Three Bullets to the chest would end the career of someone only half as storied as Special Agent Dwayne Pride (Scott Bakula) in NCIS: New Orleans. Instead, Pride gets promoted…after the drama’s Season 5 opener, that is.

The episode, which guest stars NCIS’s Mark Harmon, tracks “his struggle and his choice to survive, which is basically a miracle,” says new showrunner Christopher Silber. He then becomes a regional NCIS supervisor, adds Silber, “giving him a broader purview and a new set of challenges.”

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Hannah Khoury (Necar Zadegan, Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce), a special agent of Persian descent, takes Pride’s old job. “She’s worked all over the world [and is] good at reading people,” notes Silber, “so she’s going to prove herself very capable.”

For the 100th episode, airing October 23, Pride’s dad (Stacy Keach) visits, as does another family member who will “add new complications” as a recurring character, Silber says. And naturally, a big-name musical guest will help mark the milestone.

NCIS: New Orleans, Season 5 Premiere, Tuesday, September 25, 10/9c, CBS