Graceland alumna Vanessa Ferlito has signed on to CBS’ NCIS: New Orleans as a new series regular for the upcoming third season.

Ferlito will play a sexy, tough and acerbic FBI Special Agent who is sent down to New Orleans from DC to investigate the NCIS team. A by-the-book bureaucrat, she’ll bring a completely different way of doing things (as well as a mysterious past) to New Orleans, which will put her at odds with both the team and the town. Her character will be introduced in the Season 3 premiere on September 20.

The role marks a return to CBS for Ferlito who spent two seasons on CSI: NY. In addition to her series regular role as Catherine “Charlie” DeMarco on Graceland, Ferlito’s TV credits include 24 and The Sopranos. She’s repped by Innovative artists, Alchemy Entertainment and attorney Carlos Goodman.

Ferlito’s casting was first reported by Deadline’s sister pub TVLine.