TV Notes: N.O. back in spotlight for ‘Crescent City: Part II’

CBS photo by SKIP BOLEN -- Gibbs (Mark Harmon, left) and Special Agent Pride (Scott Bakula) chase leads in New Orleans on the conclusion of a two-part episode of 'NCIS' at 7 p.m. Tuesday on CBS. Show caption
CBS photo by SKIP BOLEN -- Gibbs (Mark Harmon, left) and Special Agent Pride (Scott Bakula) chase leads in New Orleans on the conclusion of a two-part episode of 'NCIS' at 7 p.m. Tuesday on CBS.

Those dreaded words: To be continued...

But not so much in this case, as it means New Orleans will again be in the spotlight as action-drama series “NCIS” wraps its Louisiana storyline with “Crescent City: Part II” at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

In the episode, Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and Special Agent Pride (guest-star Scott Bakula) chase leads in New Orleans after evidence points to a copycat of the infamous Privileged Killer. Also, Bishop sends DiNozzo a special souvenir from the Big Easy, as DiNozzo, McGee and the FBI continue to track political connections to the case from D.C.

Other guest stars are Lucas Black as Special Agent Christopher Lasalle; Zoe McLellan as NCIS Special Agent Meredith “Merri” Brody; and CCH Pounder as Jefferson Parish Coroner Dr. Loretta Wade.

The show airs on WAFB, Channel 9 (cable Channel 7 in Baton Rouge and Lafayette).

LPB wins 3 Tellys

“The Whooping Crane’s Majestic Return” and “Black Bear Comeback,” the first two programs in Louisiana Public Broadcasting’s “Alive! In America’s Delta” series have been honored with Silver Telly Awards, while a “Louisiana Public Square” installment received a bronze Telly.

Telly Awards recognize outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs.

“Majestic Return” looks at the efforts to restore the Whooping Crane population in Louisiana after the birds almost became extinct in the 1940s. LPB followed Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries biologists and their partners as they worked to reintroduce the Whooping Crane into Louisiana’s wetlands for the first time in half a century.

The show was produced by LPB’s Donna LaFleur who was the principal editor and wrote the script with Al Godoy and Christina Melton. Rex Q. Fortenberry shot the program and Emmy Award winner Mike Esneault provided the music.

“Black Bear Comeback” details the aggressive efforts by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and private landowners around the state to re-establish this endangered animal to its original habitat and to restore that habitat.

The program was produced by Liz Magno Barnes and edited by Fortenberry, who was also the principal videographer for the program. Gary Allen also shot video. Esneault created the musical score for the program.

The “Louisiana Public Square” program was called “Gay in Louisiana.”

The program, which premiered in August 2013, looked at the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act and what effect it would have, if any, in Louisiana.

The program was produced by Kevin Gautreaux and co-hosted by LSU media law professor Craig Freeman and LPB President/CEO Beth Courtney.

Worth a look

THE STORY OF THE JEWS WITH SIMON SCHAMA: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday, WLPB, Channel 27 (cable Channel 12 in Baton Rouge and Lafayette) . The final three episodes of this five-part documentary series examine 3,000 years of Jewish history and the impact of Jews on the world. Emmy Award winner Schama has authored 15 books and written and presented 50 documentaries. He traveled to Russia, the Ukraine, Egypt, Israel and Spain for the project.

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