If you were one of the 17.3 million people who watched the first episode of NCIS New Orleans this week, then you have been introduced to Special Agent Dwayne Pride. The character, played by actor Scott Bakula, is based on Hancock County Investigator D'Wayne Swear.
Swear was actually hired by the show to be a technical consultant. He helped in the research phase of the show and spent a lot of time with Bakula, as he prepared for the role.
"The episodes you see here is depicting it fairly well," Swear said. "We were an organization here that was working hand and hand with local authorities to enhance the safety of the Navy and Marine Corp to enhance their investigation. Plus, we had our own."
Swear was an NCIS Agent from 1985 until retiring in 2010. His job was to investigate any crimes dealing with the Navy or Marine Corps members.
"We never really advertised what we did; we just did our job in the background," Swear said. "I was gainfully employed. The things that went on, it's a specialty in society that has its own crimes, just like any other community."
The writers of the show aim to make it seem real, which is why they hired Swear as a technical consultant.
"I've had to teach them the lexicon of the business. We have our own language and that is part of understanding the people you work with and the people you work around," Swear said.
There are some things though Swear admitted are not like they seem on TV. In one scene of the first episode, Special Agent Pride throws a man across the car when he insulted one of his friends who was just killed.
"I, as a NCIS agent, expected it to be a documentary, and it wasn't a documentary. To me, it's a dramady," Swear said.
Before being hired as a consultant, Swear said he never watched the show. But now he's hooked and has a huge appreciation for what the cast does.
"I'm their biggest advocate," Swear said. "I couldn't do it, but they are great, and they represent well, and they are conscious of what they are representing."
NCIS New Orleans is just in the pilot phase, with only two episodes. But if it does well, it could become a regular CBS series. It's off to a great start with 17.3 million people tuning into the first episode. If you missed it, you can watch it online: http://www.cbs.com/shows/ncis/video/geGbxVqQEB6K_FJ1czD6o8E5dGATAhFY/ncis-crescent-city/
The second episode of NCIS New Orleans airs Tuesday at 7pm on WLOX CBS.
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