Plus, who will help Tony get over his lost love? Read on to find out what’s ahead for the ‘NCIS’ team this season.
NCIS fans are still adjusting to life without Cote de Pablo‘s Ziva Davis — the special agent made her grand exit on the show’s Oct. 1 episode — and they’ll soon have even more adjusting to do, as Ziva’s (sort of) replacement will arrive on the scene in just a few weeks! Emily Wickersham, whose casting was first reported by HollywoodLife.com‘s sister site TVLine, will join the NCIS team Nov. 19 as NSA analyst Ellie Bishop; and even before fans even got a chance to meet/judge her character, Emily has been promoted to series regular.
So what prompted the show to bump Emily up so quickly? Here’s what showrunner Gary Glasberg tells TVLine:
We were seeing, and the network was seeing, moments and scenes and a connection with our characters that we all really responded to. emotional moments, fun moments, funny moments that were all there. And the minute that enthusiasm skyrocketed, everyone agreed that we needed to act on it.
Gary also assures the site that, even though the team’s dynamic will be “new,” Bishop’s arrival won’t change the show too drastically.
“It’s very much NCIS,” Gary says. “Nothing has changed in terms of that.”
(Good to hear!)
Tony Struggles To Find His Place Without Ziva
Of course, fans aren’t the only ones adjusting to a post-Ziva NCIS. Tony (Michael Weatherly) is also struggling to deal with his love interest flying the coop — and his “strange behavior” doesn’t go unnoticed by McGee (Sean Murray).
“It’s more of the arc of Tony working through what’s happened this season — Ziva’s departure, finding what’s next for him,” Gary explains. “It’s Tony being Tony, and McGee reacting to that.”
Tony leaning on McGee for support? This should be interesting!
HollywoodLifers, how do you feel about Bishop coming in to essentially replace Ziva? Drop a comment with your thoughts below.
— Andy Swift
More ‘NCIS’ on HollywoodLife.com:
- ‘NCIS’: Tony & Ziva Kiss Goodbye On Cote de Pablo’s Final Episode
- ‘NCIS’ Season 11: EP Promises ‘Emotional Payoff’ For Tony & Ziva
- ‘NCIS’ Scoop: Tony & Ziva Will Have A ‘Beautiful’ Goodbye In Season 11