NCIS has cast member Emily Wickersham will soon appear in the role of Bishop, Ziva’s (Cote de Pablo) potential successor on the team, for a three episode arc that has a series regular option attached if the character proves successful.
Bishop is described as “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.”
Perhaps best known for her role as Rhiannon, A.J.’s girlfriend in the final season of “The Sopranos,” Wickersham is currently recurring on FX’s “The Bridge.”
While fans are still getting to grips with Ziva’s “NCIS” exit, co-star Michael Weatherly assures viewers that de Pablo’s final two episodes will be “immensely satisfying,” admitting that Tony’s storyline following Ziva’s departure is “the most exciting thing I’ve heard in a long time.”
On July 9, CBS announced that De Pablo would not be returning following this upcoming season, after the network and actress apparently could not resolve a contract disagreement.
The Chilean-born De Pablo played the character of Ziva David, a strong, smart, and sexy former Mossad officer turned NCIS agent, who joined the team in 2005 following the death of another female agent.
The 33-year-old De Pablo released a statement about her departure in July, but did not explain why she was leaving.
“I’ve had eight great years with ‘NCIS’ and Ziva David,” De Pablo said. “I have huge respect and affection for Mark [Harmon], Gary [Glasberg], Michael [Weatherly], David [McCallum], Rocky [Carroll], Pauley [Perrette], Brian [Dietzen], Sean [Murray], all of the team and CBS. I look forward to finishing Ziva’s story.”
Following the announcement, CBS CEO Leslie Moonves told reporters they did “everything humanly possible” to get De Pablo to change her mind and stay with the show.
“We offered Cote a lot of money and then we offered her even more money,” Moonves said at the Television Critics Association meeting this summer. “We really didn’t want to lose her. We love her. … We obviously were in discussion with the rest of the cast and the producers. Ultimately, she decided she didn’t want to do the show.”
Season 11 of “NCIS” premieres on Tues., Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.