While tomorrow will mark the second official NCIS episode in which actress Cote de Pablo no longer appears, Executive Producer Gary Glasberg clearly wants everyone to remember her role as Ziva David. In an Xfinity Comcast interview published Oct 14, Glasberg reveals that none of the new characters featured on the show will replace the Israeli former agent.
When specifically asked if new NCIS character Ellie Bishop (portrayed by actress Emily Wickersham) will be Ziva's replacement, Glasberg demurred.
"...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." - Gary Glasberg
Glasberg was instrumental in furthering the "will-they, won't-they" romance between Ziva and Agent Tony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly), dubbed 'Tiva' by fans. In 'Past, Present, Future,' the two characters finally kissed on camera, though many protested it was too little, too late - coming as it did at the end of de Pablo's run on the show.
Glasberg explains to Xfinity that the NCIS characters will continue to feel Ziva's loss for some time.
"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 resonates through our entire team...It’s little things that will carry through in episodes to come." - Gary Glasberg
de Pablo left the show in the second episode of season 11, 'Past, Present, Future,' citing personal reasons. In episode three ('Under the Radar'), actress Roma Maffia filled in temporarily as Vera Strickland, a retiring special agent once partnered with Mike Franks. In tomorrow night's episode ('Anonymous was a Woman'), Jackie Geary guest stars playing NCIS Agent Susan Grady, a polygraph expert. Glasberg tells Xfinity that Delilah (Margo Harshman), the girlfriend of Agent Tim McGee (Sean Murray), will assist the MCRT with a Department of Defense angle in a future episode.
Read the full Gary Glasberg interview at Xfinity Comcast.
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