After five seasons, NCIS: New Orleans—one of the two spin-offs of the original NCIS series—has seen a few shakeups. Fans were heartbroken when Special Agent Sonja Percy (Shalita Grant) left the squad, and the show, to take a job at the FBI. But viewers are slowly moving on, especially now that there's a brand-new character on the scene (who you might recognize from the beloved ABC series The Good Doctor). Here's everyone you need to know that's currently on NCIS: NOLA.
Bakula, the main man on NCIS: NOLA, is best known for portraying Sam Beckett on Quantum Leap and Captain Jonathan Archer on Star Trek: Enterprise. He's won a Golden Globe for his role in Quantum Leap, and has been nominated for several Emmy Awards throughout his career. He plays Supervisory Special Agent Dwayne Pride on the show.
Black made his acting debut at the tender age of 11 in the 1994 movie The War. That film landed him a starring role as Caleb Temple in American Gothic. You might also recognize Black from stints in Friday Night Lights and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. His character on NCIS: NOLA has faced some tragedies in the past five seasons, including the death of his high school sweetheart and his father.
Pounder plays the coroner of Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, where she assists the team with forensics and autopsies. Originally from Georgetown, British Guiana, Pounder has acted in several popular TV shows, including ER and Sons of Anarchy. She also made an appearance in the momentous film Avatar as Mo'at. A fun fact about Pounder: Her birthday is on Christmas!
Vanessa's character Tammy Gregorio actually started off as an FBI Special Agent who was investigating Dwayne Pride and his crew. After being let go by the FBI, she joined the NCIS squad. Fans might recognize Ferlito for her roles as Claudia Hernandez in 24 and Charlie DeMarco in Graceland.
Originally a forensic specialist for Dr. Wade, Rob Kerkovich's character, the socially awkward Sebastian Lund, later joins the NCIS team as a Forensics Agent. Kerkovich has appeared in a slew of shows, including CSI: Miami, Parks and Recreation, and Modern Family.
Mitchell plays investigative computer specialist Patton Plame. (Although Lucas Black's character, Christopher LaSalle, simply calls him a "hacker."). In 2001, Mitchell was involved in a motorcycle accident that paralyzed him from the waist down, but that didn't stop him from racking up many acting credits. He played Denzel Washington's opposite in The Inside Man and made appearances in Law and Order, Desperate Housewives, and Fear of the Walking Dead.