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17x01 - Out of the Darkness - Ziva surprises Gibbs with a cryptic warning, prompting him to question why she remained underground for years while being presumed dead by family and friends, and what led to her return, on the 17th season premiere of NCIS
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Posted by Admin on November 11th, 2013


BEVERLY HILLS, CA—It took Michael Weatherly to finally explain his former co-star Cote de Pablo’s departure from NCIS.

After eight seasons as special agent Ziva David, de Pablo announced last June she would not return to the series. CBS wanted her back. The producers wanted her back, but de Pablo stuck to her guns and walked away from TV’s No. 1 drama. (It airs Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. on Global.)

Ziva and Weatherly’s character, senior special agent Anthony DiNozzo, had a long-running will-they, won’t-they relationship on the show.

“It was really with the arrival of Cote that I think something special happened there,” Weatherly told a gathering of international press earlier this month. While it was “never a love story, never rolling over and pillow talk,” there was always a great deal of chemistry between the characters. He compared the big orange squad room on NCIS to the newsroom in the classic film His Girl Friday, with DiNozzo and Ziva having an intense love-hate connection like Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell in the movie.

What happens next? Weatherly says his character is finally getting in touch with feelings he never knew he had. “Kind of like you don’t know what you’re missing till it’s gone,” he says. This leads to some soul searching and then, next Tuesday, on the Nov. 19 episode, the arrival of a new actress and a new love interest for DiNozzo: Emily Wickersham, who joins the cast full-time as NSA analyst Eleanor “Ellie” Bishop, a specialist in international terrorism and global preparation.

“I think the audience is going to be extremely interested and rewarded,” says Weatherly. “The chemistry is magical.”

“We’re thrilled to have her,” Mark Harmon, who plays DiNozzo’s boss Leroy “Jethro” Gibbs, told the same reporters one day earlier. “We’re all intrigued and satisfied with the actress.”

Still, Wickersham has some big shoes to fill. De Pablo’s arrival led to a sharp upturn in popularity for the series. As Harmon noted, she had been with the cast eight seasons. “That’s high school and college.”

There was the usual speculation at first that de Pablo’s departure was a negotiating ploy; that she was holding out for more money. All involved insist that that’s not the case. The actress simply wanted a break from the series.

“It’s a very tough commitment,” says Weatherly, who adds, “Boo-hoo, go cry in a bag of money.”

The New York native can never stay serious for too long. He quotes Oscar Wilde’s line, “Life is too important to be taken seriously.”

Weatherly suggested that de Pablo was simply at a different stage in her personal life than some of her more settled cast members, “No weddings, no funerals, no birthdays,” he said of the long hours and total commitment a 22-episode network TV drama demands. “You’re just deployed.”

While Weatherly and others seem to have their lives lined up for now, “Cote’s still figuring out the life part,” he says. “She just wanted a break.”

He says he’ll miss her sense of humour on the set. “She is cosmically funny,” he says. “We never really saw that side of Ziva because she was always kicking people in the face.”

Weatherly’s life became a lot more settled after he met his second wife, Bojana Jankovic, at a rock concert in Vancouver in 2009. The couple have two children, a 19-month old girl named Olivia and a baby boy named Liam, born just a few weeks ago.

Having two children under the age of 2 “is like having 30,” he says. “It’s like running a pre-school. Good thing I married a doctor.”

The new boy only has eyes for his mom, says the 45-year-old actor. “When you’re not lactating, you’re not interesting.”

Weatherly is part of what his co-star, Pauley Perrette (forensic specialist Abby Sciuto), calls the “Core Four” of the series. She, Weatherly, Harmon and veteran actor David McCallum (chief medical examiner David “Ducky” Mallard) have been with the popular drama all 11 seasons.

Perrette told reporters she got the news de Pablo was leaving one morning when she woke up to several text messages from fellow cast members and producers. “I thought somebody died,” she said. She called Harmon first and got the news.

“At the end of the day, not only can you not make decisions for other people, but often you can’t understand theirs,” says Perrette, who says she would not leave her “dream job” under any circumstances. “Part of the problem with the rest of us being left or saddled with answering this question to other people is that it’s really not an answer.”

There’s no cover-up, there’s no drama, “I guess it was just a life decision,” says Perrette.

Weatherly says he’s looking forward to his character’s own “lightning bolt moment” on the series. Fans should not be surprised to see DiNozzo settling down. It may even be time — as Weatherly’s “dad” on the series, Robert Wagner, apparently suggested — for some little DiNozzos. “I think the dude is ready for some love,” Weatherly says.

Asked what he thought de Pablo should do next, Weatherly, once again, went for the funny.

“I’d put her in a space suit: a very tight space suit,” he says. “Oh, oh, somebody just optioned that. We just sold, ‘Sci-Fi Ziva.’”

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Posted by Admin on November 11th, 2013


I’m dying to know who this new NCIS female agent will end up with: Tony (Michael Weatherly) or Gibbs (Mark Harmon)? — Leslie, Portland, Oregon

Try neither. Turns out, analyst Ellie Bishop (Emily Wickersham, who debuts Nov. 19) is happily married, and executive producer Gary Glasberg has no adulterous plans in the works. “We will eventually meet her husband, who is an attorney with the NSA,” says Glasberg, who may also introduce Ellie’s brothers. “This is a very different relationship from anything we’ve had. There’s something interesting in this world when you have a spouse you can’t tell everything to, and taking on the added responsibilities of this new job could come with consequences.”

Though that may sound like the setup for a split, Glasberg describes Ellie’s relationship with Gibbs as a fatherly mentorship, while she and Tony will develop a sibling-like bond. Glasberg also plans to address the tragic 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that influenced Ellie’s desire to work with the NSA. The Nov. 19 episode will find Tony discussing dating for the first time since Ziva’s exit, and 2014 will likely see the eligible bachelor dipping back into the dating pool.

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Posted by Admin on November 7th, 2013


I heard that NCIS is going to do another spinoff. Any info, please? And are any of the current cast moving to it? –Donald
As previously reported, the prospective offshoot is set in New Orleans and will be introduced via a spring 2014 episode of the mothership. As for its cast, Gary Glasberg – who is exec-producing the planted pilot with NCIS frontman Mark Harmon – says there will “absolutely” be opportunities for familiar faces to swing by NOLA. When I then passed along a reader’s suggestion that CGIS Agent Borin (played by Diane Neal) — whom Gibbs recently sorta-offered a job — be part of the spin-off’s cast, Glasberg hedged, “I haven’t quite put [the list of characters] together yet, but that is an interesting idea!” Speaking of which….

Forget the character Bishop — bring Diane Neal on as an NCIS regular! She has great chemistry with the cast. Please tell me we will see more of her character. –Robin
When I, too, shared with show boss Gary Glasberg my enjoyment of Neal’s most recent visit, he joined in on the fanning. “I really appreciate the fact that everyone responds so well to the guest stars that come in, and Diane Neal is more than that — she’s a part of this family, and we will continue to use her. To have her come back is super-important, and we’ll continue to do that.”

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Posted by Admin on November 5th, 2013


Any new NCIS scoop? What’s in store for my favorite special agent DiNozzo? I love that the show still acknowledges Ziva’s absence and I hope it doesn’t disappear completely as I’m not ready to move on. — Cheryl
It won’t. 1) Michael Weatherly seems to be enjoying having so much to sink his teeth into. 2) EP Gary Glasberg says it won’t. And 3) Nos. 1 and 2 are enough. “We’re letting the character continue on this natural path of dealing with the ups and downs of Ziva’s absence,” says Glasberg. “Those ups and downs will continue. Slowly but surely — just as in the real world — he’s getting refocused and getting his life together. He’s figuring things out.”

NCIS scoop! Where was Vance last week?! — Terri

Don’t worry, he’s around. And look for him to have a huge storyline in a December episode that will [SCOOP!] guest-star BEN VEREEN as a relative of the late Jackie Vance. “Vance and his kids have to get through the holidays with all the emotion that comes with it, and part of it is to introduce this character and the interaction that Vereen’s character will have with Vance,” says Glasberg.

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Posted by Admin on November 5th, 2013


Question: Was wondering if you got any scoop on a McGee-centric episode of NCIS this season. –Barb
Ausiello:
There is indeed some McGoodness on the horizon, though show boss Gary Glabserg at this time is mum on details. All he’d tell us is, “We always like to come back from the holidays doing something fun, and McGee will play a really big part in that.”

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Posted by Admin on November 1st, 2013


Please, please tell me you have inside scoop on anything NCIS-related, especially regarding McGee or Tony? –Marla
One could argue this scooplet pertains to McGee — seeing as he spooned with her the last time around. Melinda McGraw is due back for another encore as Diane Sterling AKA ex-Mrs. Gibbs AKA ex-Mrs. Fornell.

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Posted by Admin on October 24th, 2013


What can you tell me about life after Ziva for NCIS‘ Tony? –Cheryl
As glimpsed in this week’s episode, Tony’s still working through his issues regarding her absence, so it’ll be some time before he opens his heart again. “I’m curious to see what’s next for him in his personal life, but we’re not going to rush into anything,” showrunner Gary Glasberg maintains. “Much like a real relationship, it takes time to recover and to figure out what’s next, and the one thing we’re really trying to do is approach this from the standpoint of as if it’s real. You have to give people” – the audience included – “time to ‘mourn’ and deal with their feelings, and then re-embrace why they watch NCIS.“

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Posted by Admin on October 15th, 2013


Can you give me any scoop on Palmer’s baby adoption on NCIS? He seemed to be having a hard time in the last episode. Is it going to fall apart? — Gracie
That’s an arc that will continue to play out throughout the season, says Glasberg. “We’ll step away from it from time to time and it’ll resurface, but people should be prepared for a bit of an emotional roller coaster when it comes to that,” he says.

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Posted by Admin on October 14th, 2013


Even though Mike Franks (Muse Watson) is long dead and buried, his presence is still felt by Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and McGee (Sean Murray) when the two travel to Afghanistan in this week’s episode of “NCIS.”

They’re following leads in a murder case that takes them to an Afghan women’s shelter that Franks secretly supported for years.

“This is a story about a time a couple of years ago,” executive producer/showrunner Gary Glasberg told XfinityTV. “It was before Franks passed away, at an event that took place and a situation between the two men.”

Also in the episode, airing Tuesday night (Oct. 15) at 8/7c on CBS, Jackie Geary plays NCIS Agent Susan Grady, a polygraph expert, who will be a temporary addition to the team, filling in just as Vera Strickland (Roma Maffia) did last week following the exit of agent Ziva David (Cote de Pablo) a week earlier.

Glasberg talked to us about the episode — titled “Anonymous Was a Woman” — and what the future holds for TV’s highest-rated drama series this season. Here’s what he had to say:

XfinityTV: You mentioned in our last interview that Mike Franks would be returning. So in this episode, will we see him more in flashbacks than in Gibbs’ imagination like his last appearance?

Glasberg: That is a good way to describe it. Steve Binder wrote a really fantastic episode that I am really proud of. It is a story from Franks’ past that effects Gibbs. We do some flashbacks, and we look into a world and an issue that is significant, concerning, and emotional. I just finished watching the episode last night and I’m proud of it.
Previously: ‘NCIS’ Boss Explains Ziva’s Farewell, Reveals What’s Next

McGee goes to Afghanistan in this one. Is his role going to be changing now that Ziva is gone and he will be out in the field more?

I think we just enjoy sending Sean out into the Middle East. No one wears a helmet quite like Sean Murray. This was a storyline where we felt it was appropriate for McGee to go with Gibbs. I don’t necessarily think we are making it a habit, but it was right for this story and I will let you be the judge.

Is the reason Tony (Michael Weatherly) doesn’t go, fallout from the loss of Ziva? How is Tony doing?

We are trying to deal with Tony handling Ziva’s absence in as real and organic a way as we can. This was a big deal. This was a woman he felt very strongly about, and this relationship was very, very significant. He is going to feel that for quite some time. It is going to resonate, and it doesn’t just resonate with Tony. It resonates through our entire team. Even though Gibbs may not express himself as verbally, it resonates with him, too. It’s just a glance from Tony’s desk to Ziva’s desk. It’s little things that will carry through in episodes to come.

We’ve seen Roma Maffia fill in, and in this episode Jackie Geary. Also, Agent Borin (Diane Neal), a Coast Guard agent, will come back and work with the team. Who else is going to be filling in at Ziva’s desk?

It’s not really filling in at the desk. Every story has a reason why we incorporate some visiting characters. For example, Delilah (Margo Harsman) steps in. We need her assistance for a Department of Defense storyline. She connects and participates in a case, as well.

It is fun to have this array of characters that are helping out. Ultimately, we are building to this place in November where a story comes up that involves the NSA and an NSA analyst. That is when we meet Ellie Bishop, played by Emily Wickersham, and I’m very, very excited about her.

Could she actually be Ziva’s replacement at some point?

You’re never going to hear me say that because at the end of the day, I’m not looking to replace Ziva. I’m looking to add something new and different to the mix. The Bishop character will be very different and bring something we haven’t had before.

Is Emily Wickersham going to do more than one episode?

Certainly. Right now, we are looking to have her for three episodes and we will see what happens after that. I have been nothing but thrilled with the stories we are doing, the preparation we are doing, and my time with Emily has been fantastic.

The “Anonymous Was a Woman” episode of “NCIS” airs Tuesday (Oct. 15) at 8/7c on CBS.

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