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NCIS: Sydney Release Date, Cast, Plot, Teaser Trailer And More Details

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The longevity "NCIS" has experienced continues to expand with "NCIS: Sydney," a new addition to the franchise that shakes things up. Instead of choosing to set up shop at another U.S. destination, the show will see a new crew of investigators take the fight against Navy crime to Australia, and anyone wanting to watch the international action should probably learn as many details as possible before the spin-off series arrives.

The history of the long-running CBS franchise is nothing short of impressive, and "NCIS: Sydney" will hopefully be another solid addition to the lineup for the same reasons fans have stayed loyal all these years. Undoubtedly, each new iteration introduces a slew of fascinating characters, exciting cases to solve, and intriguing villains home audiences love to hate. But keeping that winning formula fresh is no easy endeavor, so after success in New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Hawaii, it makes sense to start thinking on a global scale, making Sydney an ideal location for the next chapter of the crime drama's saga. Viewers looking for answers should review all the evidence collected before launching their investigation into "NCIS: Sydney."

When will NCIS: Sydney release?

It's rarely a dull moment when it comes to anything involving "NCIS," and the arrival of "NCIS: Sydney" has proven to be no exception. Not only is the franchise making the bold move to take its talents to the international level, but it also keeps fans guessing even before the first episode can air. Originally, it was announced that the "NCIS" spin-off would debut on November 13, 2023. But shortly thereafter, it was decided to bump the series premiere back by a day. So circle Tuesday on your calendar, and set your alarm for 8 PM because we'll see the first entry air on November 14 on CBS.

What is the plot of NCIS: Sydney?

The plot of "NCIS: Sydney" changes things up from what fans are used to by introducing a new dynamic to the franchise. The Naval Crime Investigative Services will join forces with the Australian Federal Police in order for both nations to secure a vital patch of ocean. Worlds collide as the two agencies working out of Sydney will have to put their differences aside, learn to coexist, and work together in order to take on this next-level assignment. 

In addition to the action, cases, and twists, the spin-off will showcase the challenges the two nations will face together with the common goal of solving crimes and keeping the peace. As Amy Reisenbach of CBS Entertainment put it, "'NCIS' is one of the most popular series in the world, and we're thrilled to expand this franchise with a uniquely Australian twist. ... Featuring the stunning backdrop of Australia, the new series will incorporate the high-stakes intrigue, humor and camaraderie that have kept fans captivated by the NCIS teams for over two decades."

Who is starring in NCIS: Sydney?

When it comes to the cast for "NCIS: Sydney," executive producer Sara Richardson told Variety, "The first international iteration [of 'NCIS'] has all the DNA of the beloved franchise but with a quintessentially Australian flavor."

The roster features several talented players and familiar faces. Leading the way, Olivia Swann will represent the Naval Criminal Investigative Services as NCIS Special Agent in Charge Michelle Mackey. Swann is known for the 2023 movie "River Wild" and as Astra Logue on "DC's Legends of Tomorrow." Todd Lasance plays Jim "JD" Dempsey from the Australian Federal Police, serving as second-in-command. The actor has been in shows such as "The Flash," "Vampire Diaries," and "Spartacus."

Sean Sagar is also on the roster, portraying NCIS Special Agent DeShawn Jackson. Fans have seen his work in "The Covenant," "The Gentleman," and "Fate: The Winx Saga." AFP Liaison Officer Evie Cooper will be played by Tuuli Narkle, known for "Bad Behaviour" and "Mystery Road: Origin." Rounding out the lineup are the AFP Forensic Scientist Blue Gleeson, played by Mavournee Hazel, and AFP Forensic Pathologist Roy Penrose, portrayed by William McInnes.

Is there a trailer for NCIS: Sydney?

The first trailer for "NCIS: Sydney" was released on September 6, 2023, giving fans a glimpse of what they're in for when the spin-off premieres. The preview doesn't waste much time letting viewers know that the stakes are much higher than in other installments and that the threat level has escalated, calling for both the United States and Australia to come together before the ever-evolving situation gets even more out of hand. 

The rest of the promo shows the two teams working together, despite their differences, on several cases involving everything from mysterious seamen murders to rogue terrorists still being on the loose. It also demonstrates how the animosity between the two teams gradually turns into mutual respect, and getting there will likely add to the drama. And you know this is all happening in the Land Down Under thanks to the appearances of a kangaroo, a koala, and a deadly serpent.

Where to watch other NCIS shows

With the aggressive expansion of the franchise and the CBS procedural showing little signs of slowing down, it's really never been a better time to be a fan of those who fight Navy crime. Before fans get to experience "NCIS: Sydney," they may want to relive each thrilling ordeal from across the "NCIS" universe

If you want to check out some of the "NCIS" programs, there are plenty of options to choose from, with several seasons and crossovers to enjoy. In fact, fans have the choice between over 450 entries of "NCIS," over 320 installments of "NCIS: Los Angeles," over 150 chapters of "NCIS: New Orleans," and over 40 episodes of "NCIS: Hawai'i."

Fans can find "NCIS," "NCIS: Hawai'i," and "NCIS: New Orleans" on Paramount+. In addition, 15 seasons of "NCIS" are also available on Netflix. "NCIS: Los Angeles" is currently not available on streaming, but episodes and seasons can be purchased on platforms such as Apple TV, Amazon Prime, Google Play, and Vudu.