CBS has announced that popular actress Nia Long will be joining the cast of NCIS: Los Angeles as a series regular. She will be introduced in the ninth season premiere which will start on M-Net in November 2017. An exact date will be announced closer to the time.
“The character was created specifically for Nia to capitalize on her strengths and personality, and we are excited about the new opportunities and dynamics she brings to the show,” said NCIS: Los Angeles executive producer R. Scott Gemmill. “We couldn’t be happier to have her join our family.”
Long will play the team’s new executive assistant director, Shay Mosely. As a former Secret Service agent now working for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Mosely is an experienced Washington insider who brings an east coast style and demeanor to the west coast team.
Since making her feature film debut in “Boyz N the Hood,” actress Nia Long has gone on to star in more than 50 movies and television shows. Some of her notable film credits include Friday, Soul Food, Love Jones, The Best Man, Boiler Room, Big Momma’s House, Alfie, Are We There Yet?, Big Momma’s House 2, The Best Man Holiday and Keanu.
Long is the ambassador for the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets program, a global, grassroots campaign to save lives by preventing malaria. She will be traveling to Tanzania for the campaign, to visit the world’s largest refugee camp where she will meet with refugee families and distribute insecticide-treated mosquito nets that help keep families safe from the disease.
NCIS: Los Angeles stars Chris O’Donnell, LL COOL J, Linda Hunt, Daniela Ruah, Eric Christian Olsen, Barrett Foa and Renée Felice Smith. The new season (nine) will air exclusively on M-Net.