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Cote de Pablo 'Dovekeepers': 'NCIS' star cast in dramatic CBS miniseries

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Cote de Pablo's Dovekeepers role will bring her back to CBS next year. The beloved NCIS star leaves her popular Ziva character far behind to embrace a daring new character. She has been cast in the miniseries The Dovekeepers, which is being produced by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett. The sultry 34-year-old Chilean-American actress will portray Shirah, one of four women whose lives became entwined at the Siege of Masada, an event of historical importance that took place 73 to 74 CE in what is currently known as Israel. The Dovekeepers is based on Alice Hoffman's historical novel of the same name.

According to a July 16, 2014 report by The Wrap, Downey had glowing words of praise for Cote de Pablo. "We are thrilled to have Cote de Pablo starring in The Dovekeepers," she said. "Her talent, strength and beauty will light up the screen in the important role of Shirah."

A description of the novel on Amazon.com gives some insight into the character that Cote de Pablo will play when she returns to CBS, and it's nothing like her NCIS Ziva David character at all: "Shirah, born in Alexandria, is wise in the ways of ancient magic and medicine, a woman with uncanny insight and power." The character is also described as "complex and fiercely independent," a woman who keeps both doves and secrets.

The Hollywood Reporter added that Cote de Pablo's character is a single mother who is criticized and called "Witch of Moab" because of her knowledge of herbal remedies and magic rites.

Cote de Pablo's Dovekeepers appearance on CBS will happen next year. The Dovekeepers is slated to air sometime in 2015.

Are you excited about Cote de Pablo's Dovekeepers return to CBS or disappointed that NCIS still lacks its beloved star? For some, the answer may lie somewhere in between.

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