Emily Wickersham is joining the cast of NCIS, according to a Nov. 4, 2013 announcement from CBS Television Network. Wickersham will debut as Eleanor "Ellie" Bishop on the episode airing onTues., Nov. 19, 2013.
Since the departure of actress Cote de Pablo, fans have wondered who will replace the character of Ziva David on the NCIS team. Wickersham was named as a possible series regular several weeks ago, but CBS has just made the official announcment. Romantic farewell to Ziva as Cote de Pablo departs NCIS
Wickersham plays NSA Analyst Eleanor "Ellie" Bishop, who is described as brilliant, fiercely determined and idealistic. Ellie specializes in international threat assessment and global preparation.
“Emily Wickersham’s Ellie Bishop is proving to perfectly compliment the NCIS team,” said Executive Producer Gary Glasberg in the press release. “Her energy and enthusiasm is contagious. Great things are planned for Bishop and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have her on board.”
Wickersham’s character, Ellie Bishop, will be introduced when it is discovered the Secretary of the Navy was bugged during a confidential briefing, a security breach Bishop described in exact detail two years ago in a threat analysis report. Working side-by-side with Gibbs and the team, Bishop cross-examines the case file to help determine who is behind the crime.
Wickersham’s film credits include “Gone,” “I am Number Four” and “Remember Me.” Her television credits include “The Sopranos,” “The Bridge” and “Gossip Girl.”
"NCIS" stars Mark Harmon as Special Agent LeRoy Jethro Gibbs, Michael Weatherly as Tony DiNozzo, Sean Murray as Timothy McGee, Emily Wickersham as Ellie Bishop, Pauley Perrette as Abby Scuito, Rocky Carroll as Director Leon Vance, Brian Dietzen as Jimmy Palmer and David McCallum as Dr. Ducky Mallard.
The 11th season of NCIS is broadcast Tuesdays, 8-9 p.m., ET/PT on the CBS Television Network.