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'NCIS' casting Cote de Pablo's replacement

New character will be named Bishop and is Ziva's successor

By Mekeisha Madden Toby Aug 14, 2013 1:32PM

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"NCIS" is moving on without Cote de Pablo.


The actress announced last month that she is leaving the top-rated CBS drama and reportedly turned down two sizable raises. Now the network and the show's producers are casting a successor for de Pablo's character, Ziva, TVLine reports.


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The character will be named Bishop and is a twentysomething female character who is "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."


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Fans can look for Ziva (de Pablo) in the first two episodes of "NCIS" Season 11. The actress has been on the show for eight years. The new character Bishop, meanwhile, starts working in October and will begin appearing in mid-season episodes around January. Until Bishop joins the team, several rotating characters will sub for Ziva. "NCIS" is television's No. 1 scripted drama and pulls in 20 million viewers a week.


Are you excited about Ziva's replacement, Bishop? Weigh in below or on MSN TV's Facebook and Twitter pages.


"NCIS" Season 11 premieres Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS.

May 27, 2014 7:03PM
May 6, 2014 2:29PM

Bishop is a ditzsy blonde, a poor actress & doesn't actually have the chemistry that Cote de Pablo had on the show. I watched the new actress a couple times but couldn't finish the episodes because I just don't like the character or the actress. I quit watching the show & it used to be my favorite. I now watch other shows & come back to the channel to watch NCIS: Los Angeles. Bring back Ziva!

Apr 30, 2014 12:18AM
90% of the reasons I watched NCIS was the acting and story of Ziva (de Pablo) I  still like  Mark Harmon but after she left I don't feel that there is much of anything interesting any more. I feel they have really Jumped The Shark. So now I have turned the show off completely.  
Apr 24, 2014 1:48AM
Was extremely sad to see Ziva (de Pablo) leave the series.  Husband and I watched all of the   episodes......planned our weekly time.  Great show, love the characters, cannot pick just one or two.  The cast is so balanced and each character adds their special  charisma touch with their personalities.  They complete each other.  Please keep up the good work.....and please keep all of the actors that are with the show....If it is not broken...leave it alone!!!  Pat from Nevada
Jan 25, 2014 10:36PM

It is not possible to replace Cote as Ziva.  They may create another character but Ziva is not replaceable.  The on screen chemistry between Michael Weatherly and Cote de Pablo is magical, like Gable and Lombard.  Same as Daytime TV's Chandler Massey and Freddie Smith.  You can't explain it, it just is.


Jan 14, 2014 5:50AM

Sorry Ziva left. She was the one lady/woman that Tony never conquered and that made it all the better. She will be missed.

The new character "Bishop" is good while she is no Ziva, she does bring a fresh face and someone that is more to McGee's caliber than Tony's. I like her way of sorting the puzzle out. I like her wacky no desk style of thinking and sorting out the truth.  I think CBS has another great character on the show. It should last another 5 to 10 yrs

Jan 13, 2014 3:31PM

Yes I could see that NCIS was setting up for replacing Ziva, really to bad.

If its true that's Cote decided to leave on her own, so be it, but if CBS

decided to take her off, NOT GOOD!   My family & I will miss her character

& the program will be MISSING a Special aliment on the show, aside of

Tony actually have a LOVE connection with Ziva.  Now that she's gone,

whats up with that?!?!?!?     The new little girl is cute, but not a Ziva & will

never be able to pull off wearing a gall-gown like Ziva did. 



Jan 12, 2014 11:27PM

wish the show did more story's about navel life on ships and base's. I will miss her she is a beauty and fun to watch. wish her much luck. if you ever need an old navel dude count me in. I was stationed aboard the now retired uss kitty hawk cva 63

                                                                                                  Phillip P. wilms

Jan 2, 2014 12:04AM

No one can "Replace" Cote De Pablo.  She was wonderful and I miss her.  Don't care to watch the show anymore now that she is gone.

NCIS Los Angeles has the most annoying character whose name I don't even remember.  She works w/ Eric and is the biggest know-it-all on the planet.  Get rid of her!  She's not an asset to the program.  I've also stopped watching that program because I cannot stand her.

Jan 1, 2014 1:46PM
I guess eventually I will, but now I wish Ziva would have stayed on the show.

Dec 31, 2013 12:04PM
Dec 21, 2013 12:04AM
we will miss you Ziva.  you are such a sweetling and you played your role brilliantly.  I loved your little malaprops of American phrases and your dedication to family and NCIS.  look forward to hearing about you in other projects on big screen or small.   
Dec 17, 2013 8:03AM
It took me a long time to warm to Ziva after Kate was shot...but I loved her and it will be very hard to replace her.  Ziva and Tony could have had such good story lines, and that is lost.  I will watch and try to have an open mind.  Good luck to Cote, hope she changes her mind and comes back to the family!
Dec 16, 2013 8:18AM
The desk needed  to be filled...what's wrong with a woman who has a brain. I miss Ziva but replace DiNozzo and pass the popcorn!!!!!
Dec 15, 2013 11:12AM
I saw the Bishop character in a recent episode and didn't really care for her!  Is there anyone who can replace Ziva??  Maybe Bishop will grow on me
Dec 14, 2013 11:42AM
Never liked Kate...Loved the character of Ziva and Cote's portrayel of her brought so many layers...The new girl is dull, unbelievable, and uninteresting....Her acting ability is highly suspect, and the characterization is totally dull. I know it is only a few episodes ad they are still trying to find her character, but not a good character...get rid of her.....
Dec 12, 2013 12:56PM
This will be similar to replacing Charlie Sheen on 2 1/2 Men.. only time will tell how the audience adapts to a Ziva replacement.  Cote is so very pretty with her long dark hair and brown eyes and had her millions of fans who will miss her.  I wonder why she is leaving the show despite being offered sizable raises to stay on as Ziva??
Dec 11, 2013 8:23AM
I don't care for this new blonde at all.  To me, she has no true strength which this role in NCIS calls for and she looks and sounds too young and too wimpy.  There needs to be a gal who shows she has had experience in dealing with the riff raff and has both a soft and a hard edged personality. Whomever chose this blonde must have owed someone a favor.  We will always miss Ziva and Cote' played her beautifully.  Kate and Ziva were strong women but still vulnerable in their own ways.  Please take away this new female .  The show is not the same and I don't feel excited about watching it now - only the other regular characters entice me to watch it at all. 
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