By Mandi Bierly
Updated April 28, 2009 at 10:28 PM EDT
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Tonight, we finally get to meet the characters that would lead that NCIS spinoff we’ve been hearing about for months. NCIS exec producer Shane Brennan gave an inside look at the two-part episode “Legend” (CBS, April 28 and May 5, 8 p.m.), which finds McGee and Gibbs heading to Los Angeles for a joint investigation with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service’s Office of Special Projects (OSP). Its agents, led by Chris O’Donnell and LL Cool J (pictured, filming with Sean Murray and Mark Harmon), specialize in undercover ops. Check out our photo gallery and Brennan’s commentary, which includes detailed character descriptions and, of course, a teaser for the “Tiva” story arc that will carry through the season’s final four episodes (and season 7 opener).

We (and Brennan) won’t know if the sister series is a go until CBS announces its fall schedule on May 20. In the meantime, we thought we’d guage your interest in the spinoff before tonight’s episode (vote in the poll below), and again tomorrow morning when we meet back on PopWatch to dissect “Legend (Part 1).” As of now, I’m hoping for a greenlight. Brennan assured us the spinoff would be different than NCIS: “There’s no Ducky. There’s no Abby. They don’t find a dead body at thebeginning of every episode. This is about life undercover; surveillanceand countersurveillance.” He also said there’s a mystery with O’Donnell’s character, Special Agent G. Callen, that we’d only get to explore in the spinoff: ”It’s Special Agent ‘G.’ Callen. We don’t know what the ‘G’ standsfor. Callen doesn’t know what the ‘G’ stands for. He doesn’t know hisfirst name. He doesn’t even know who his family is. Only a few peopleknow the truth about Callen. Anyone who calls Callen ‘G’ must besomeone that he trusts.”

Vote now. Dissect tomorrow.

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