By Michael Ausiello
August 18, 2010 at 04:41 PM EDT

Image Credit: Cliff Lipson/CBSIt sounds like NCIS: LA is getting its very own Chloe O’Brian.

Sources confirm to me exclusively that newcomer Renee Felice Smith is joining the procedural in the recurring role of Nell, an incredibly bright, somewhat quirky, and extremely chatty intelligence analyst who’ll be assisting Eric (Barrett Foa) in the OPS center.

Smith’s biggest role to date was in a project nobody—save for a bunch of agents and a dozen or so network suits—ever saw: Amy Sherman-Palladino’s ill-fated CW pilot The Wyoming Project.

NCIS: LA‘s second season kicks off with a two-hour episode on Sept. 21.