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‘NCIS’ Succession: Ziva’s Role To Be Filled By New Female Lead ‘Bishop’

'NCIS' Succession: Ziva's Role To Be Filled By New Female Lead 'Bishop' 1


Who will be Ziva’s successor on “NCIS” after Cote De Pablo leaves the show? A  new character named Bishop.

With the departure of actress De Pablo from  the long-running CBS hit, “NCIS” producers are casting a replacement to the show’s leading lady, according to  TVLine.com.

Citing “casting intel,” the new 20-something female  character named Bishop is “bright, educated, athletic, attractive, fresh-faced,  focused and somewhat socially awkward. She has a mysterious mixture of analytic  brilliance, fierce determination, and idealism. She’s traveled extensively, but  only feels comfortable at home,” TVLine says.

The new full-time cast  member could begin working in mid-October, and make her on-screen debut in a  January or February episode. Leading up to that, the counter-terrorism  procedural drama will use different people in the leading role.

Fans  will have the chance to say goodbye to Special Agent Ziva David, the Israeli  character played by the Chilean-born De Pablo, who announced her decision to leave the show last month after eight  years. She will appear in the first two episodes of Season 11, which the  network promises will provide “appropriate closure in this chapter of Ziva’s  story.”

“The first two episodes are all about Ziva’s departure,” “NCIS”  Executive Producer Gary Glasberg told TVLine recently. “And then in the third  episode we introduce, for instance, a woman in her 50s who is a few days away  from retirement and just needs to fill the desk time. She, in theory, knew Gibbs  all the way back to the days of Mike Franks. So we’re going to bring in people  like that and have some fun with different characters. And then, hopefully, when  people are comfortable enough, one will walk in and be The One.”

“I feel like I am leaving my  family,” she told the magazine. “What I want to say most of all is thank you to  the fans and to the people who have been so supportive of me and of the show,  who have made the show the great success that it is.”

CBS CEO Les  Moonves said recently at the Television Critics Association press tour that the  network offered her “a lot of money” to remain with the show. “Then we offered  her even more money. We really didn’t want to lose her; we love her, she was  terrific.”

“NCIS” began in 2003 as a spin-off of “JAG.” It features the  fictional Major Case Response Team of NCIS agents based at Washington Navy Yard  in Washington D.C. In 2009, that series spun off “NCIS: Los Angeles.” “NCIS” is  scheduled to return Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. ET.




By Ken Mandel



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