Author has written 26 stories for NCIS: New Orleans.
Fact: first person to coin the ship, "Cherri" for NCIS New Orleans Chris and Merri (LaSalle and Brody).
10/25/2016: Embracing the change in NCIS NOLA for now. Is anyone else wondering why Shalita Grant wasn't bumped up in the opening credits and promoted to full time status? It seems to me that the FBI agent should have the later billing and less screen time? New Executive Producers pet creation? Yes, this is from someone who found Percy to be rather grating last season. But if NCIS NOLA mirrors the original, Gregorio will now become the new annoying Mary-Sue that is typical of the franchise and perhaps Percy will return to her likable status that I found so entertaining in season one.
Here are my thoughts on Zoe McLellan's departure from NCIS NOLA. First let me say when you are as seasoned with watching Television as I am (LOL) you start to notice patterns about characters that you enjoy. I predicted Brody's demise months ago so I was not at all surprised when the news broke (via golf interview with Lucas Black LOL). For the record, the last time this franchise truly surprised me was when they shot Kate in the head in season two of NCIS.
When Shalita Grant became a series regular it was quite obvious to me that Zoe was on her way out. Brody was demoted from leading lady and quickly shoved to the back burner. Now I know some will argue the fact that Percy did not appear in all of the episodes, but to me it was very clear. Brody made minimal appearances and her character worked on her own without much purpose or development. Her character for lack of a better term was just there biding her time (like Roy in his last season of Arrow). In contrast Percy became the most observant and skilled agent on the planet. FYI, this is not a slam on Percy its an observation about how things work when characters suddenly find themselves on the outs. If things aren't going well characters are given less airtime and someone else is bumped up. In this case it was Percy.
I believe that the original intention was to ship Brody with LaSalle and when they made a split second decision to stop writing the banter between them that was a career ender for Agent Brody. There was no somewhat interesting storyline, like Arrow writers did with Katie Cassidy when Laurel and Oliver didn't work out. I believe fan reaction had something to do with that pairing not making it? But at least in Laurel's case the actress was able to stay on the show for several more seasons. I wonder if the negative social media reaction to the early episodes of NOLA had the producers wondering if Brody was truly a good fit for the show?
So I guess there was a reason why they stated in season two that Brody still had most of her stuff in moving boxes? Cruel but telling. Out with Cherri (or LaBrody) and in with PerSalle? Who didn't know that those two weren't going to end up together at some point after "More Now? " It was obvious that LaSalle would have some sort of relationship with Percy whether she remained a recurring character or became a regular.
Oh I'm sure there were probably other reasons for the demise of Merri Brody but this is just MHO from a fan point of view. Sometimes you can see the shove out the door coming.
As for writing, it is my intention to finish some of my Cherri stories and after that who knows we shall have to see if I am enticed to stay with the show in season 3.