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'NCIS': Emily Wickersham Cast As Ziva's Successor, Bishop, In Season 11
Posted: 09/17/2013 8:12 pm EDT | Updated: 09/17/2013 8:12 pm EDT
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 08: Actress Emily Wickersham arrives at the series premiere of FX's 'The Bridge' at DGA Theater on July 8, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage) | Getty
"NCIS" has cast Emily Wickersham in the role of Bishop, Ziva's (Cote de Pablo) potential successor on the team, according to TV Line.
Wickersham will appear for a three episode arc that has a series regular option attached if the character proves successful, and will reportedly make her debut during November sweeps, according to E! Online.
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."
Season 11 of "NCIS" premieres on Tues., Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
Emily Wickersham 'NCIS': Actress Chosen to Replace Cote de Pablo
Wednesday, 18 Sep 2013 12:00 PM
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Emily Wickersham has been named as the potential "NCIS" replacement for departing cast member Cote de Pablo.
Wickersham, who has appeared in TV series such as "The Sopranos," "The Bridge," and "Gossip Girl," will be playing the role of Agent Bishop and is scheduled to appear in three episodes, beginning in November, where if her character proves successful, she will potentially fill the void left by the outgoing De Pablo, E! Online reported.
Citing "casting intel," Wickersham's character is described as a "bright, educated, athletic, attractive, fresh-faced, focused, and somewhat socially awkward" character, TVLine.com reported.
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."
The show follows a fictional team of investigators for the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), which investigates criminal cases involving the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.
Now entering its 11th season, which will begin Sept. 24, "NCIS" is the most watched television series in the United States.
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