Emily Wickersham joins the team on NCIS as a series regular beginning Tuesday, Nov. 19. She plays NSA Analyst Eleanor “Ellie” Bishop, a mysterious mixture of analytic brilliance, fierce determination and idealism who specializes in international threat assessment and global preparation.
“Emily Wickersham’s Ellie Bishop is proving to perfectly compliment the NCIS team,” said Executive Producer Gary Glasberg. “Her energy and enthusiasm is contagious. Great things are planned for Bishop and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have her on board.”
Wickersham’s character, Ellie Bishop, will be introduced when it is discovered the Secretary of the Navy was bugged during a confidential briefing, a security breach Bishop described in exact detail two years ago in a threat analysis report. Working side-by-side with Gibbs and the team, Bishop cross-examines the case file to help determine who is behind the crime.
Wickersham’s film credits include “Gone,” “I am Number Four” and “Remember Me.” Her television credits include “The Sopranos,” “The Bridge” and “Gossip Girl.”
The 11th season of NCIS is broadcast Tuesdays, 8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.
We are wondering has it really sunk in with NCIS fans that Cote de Pablo is leaving the snow. Perhaps they are still in a state of denial. The fact remains is that Cote is leaving the show and will make an appearance in the Season 11 premiere episode to tie up Ziva’s story. It is still unknown how they will wrap up here story.
At the CBS presentation for the Television Critics Association summer press tour, network President Les Moonves talked about the departure:
“We offered Cote de Pablo a lot of money” Moonves said. “And then we offered her even more money… We really didn’t want to lose her, we love her. We think she’s terrific… Ultimately she decided she didn’t want to do the show. It was her decision… We don’t like losing anybody. We did everything humanly possible [and] exhausted every possibility.”
The Season 11 premiere of NCIS kicks of on September 24th.
In what is being called a shocker, actress Cote de Pablo has announced that she is leaving the top rated series NCIS after 8 seasons. As you know, she joined the series in Season 3 after Sasha Alexander decided to leave the show.
“I’ve had 8 great years with NCIS and Ziva David,” the actress said in a statement. “I have huge respect and affection for Mark, Gary, Michael, David, Rocky, Pauley, Brian, Sean, all of the team and CBS. I look forward to finishing Ziva’s story.”
Cote’s contract ended at the conclusion of Season 10, but she will appear in the Season 11 opener entitled “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” to finish out the story arc for her character.
“We respect Cote’s decision, thank her for being an important part of the NCIS team, and for eight terrific years playing Ziva David,” said CBS in a statement. “Cote and CBS share a great respect for the NCIS audience, and we look forward to working with her and the producers on appropriate closure in this chapter of Ziva’s story.”
Story was first reported at TVFanatic.
As reported by TVLine, veteran actress Marina Sirtis has been cast on the hit CBS series NCIS. Marina is most known for her performance as Deanna Troi for seven seasons on Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Marina’s character will take over as head of Mossad after the death of Ziva’s father Eli David. Executive producer and show runner Gary Glasberg says “The search to replace Eli David as Mossad Director was tricky for us, but we ended up with a true find in Marina Sirtis.”
Glasberg goes on to say ““I’ve always been a Star Trek fan, but Marina really owns this part. The cast loves her. She’s everything I wanted for the role and then some. We are lucky to have her.”
She is scheduled to make her debut sometime in April on the series.
What was an obvious no brainer, CBS has renewed its veteran series NCIS for an eleventh season. The 10th season has seen NCIS average 21.5 million viewers an episode making it the top ranked drama on television. The network has come to terms with a new contract for executive producer and star Mark Harmon.
“In a world gone niche, NCIS keeps getting bigger, and Mark Harmon continues to define the role of leading man on the #1 show on television,” CBS President and CEO Leslie Moonves.
Seems like the showrunner behind the hit series NCIS: LA is taking a page out of the CSI book by spinning off a new series. Sources are reporting that NCIS and NCIS: LA executive producer Shane Brennan will write and executive produce the as yet untitled spinoff. The new characters will be introduced in a two hour episode of NCIS: LA later this season. For more details and information, you can head over here where Deadline Hollywood has more information.