The latest entry in the powerful NCIS franchise has yet to be given a name but the pilot will air as a two-part story during NCIS: Los Angeles later this season. The spin-off will use the “back-door” pilot approach used by Los Angeles and its parent show NCIS. The new spin-off will revolve around a mobile team of agents who travel around the country solving crimes.
TV Line reports that Hodge will play the spin-off’s “resident techie” Kai Ashe. The actor most recently appeared in comedy Cougar Town playing Wade. Hodge’s various other television roles include appearances in The Mentalist, Private Practice, One Tree Hill, Bones, Heroes, Invasion and Boston Public.
Last week CBS renewed parent series NCIS for an 11th season following its strong ratings performance with a recent episode topping 25 million viewers. As NCIS was a spin-off itself, from JAG, that makes the new proposed Los Angeles spin-off a “fourth generation” spin-off which is believed to be a first on television.