Actor Edwin Hodge attends the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation's 33rd Annual College Television Awards at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel on March 31, 2012 in Hollywood

Actor Edwin Hodge attends the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation’s 33rd Annual College Television Awards at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel on March 31, 2012 in Hollywood

*Edwin Hodge (“Red Dawn”) has become the first series regular cast in CBS’ “NCIS: LA” spinoff project, reports Deadline.com.

The project, from NCIS: LA executive producer/showrunner Shane Brennan, is a back-door pilot will air as an episode of “NCIS: LA” later this season titled Red. It follows a mobile team of agents who are forced to live and work together as they crisscross the country solving crimes.

Hodge will play Kai Ashe, the incredibly bright, witty and likable technical assistant, an all-round tech savvy computer guy and expert on everything.

“NCIS: LA,” starring LL Cool J., is itself a spinoff from ratings monster “NCIS.”

Hodge’s casting in the “NCIS: LA” spinoff comes on the heels of him guest starring in an episode of NCIS this past fall. He was also a regular on the WB’s “Jack & Bobby” and has recurred on “Cougar Town” as Busy Phillips’ love interest.