Emily Wickersham Replaces Cote de Pablo as Regular on 'NCIS'

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Tuesday, 05 Nov 2013 12:29 PM

By Clyde Hughes

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Emily Wickersham has been officially deputized as a member of CBS's "NCIS," replacing popular Cote de Pablo's Ziva David's character.

CBS announced on Monday that Wickersham's new character Eleanor "Ellie" Bishop will make her debut on an episode to air Tuesday, Nov. 19. She was originally signed for a three-episode arc on the show, according to E! News.

"NCIS," one of the network's top rated series, is currently in its 11th season, noted CBS.

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CBS said in its news release Monday that Wickersham's Bishop will offer "a mysterious mixture of analytic brilliance, fierce determination and idealism that specializes in international threat assessment and global preparation."

E! News' Tierney Bricker wrote that Bishop's character is being described as "bright, educated, athletic, attractive, fresh-faced, focused and somewhat socially awkward."

"Emily Wickersham's Ellie Bishop is proving to perfectly compliment the NCIS team," the show's executive producer Gary Glasberg said in the news 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."

During her premiere, Wickersham's character will be introduced in an episode where the Secretary of the Navy was found to have been bugged during a confidential briefing, a security breach Bishop described in exact detail two years ago in a threat analysis report, noted CBS.

Bishop will work with Gibbs, played by the show's lead Mark Harmon, and the team as Bishop cross-examines the case files to help determine who is behind the crime.

Wickersham had a reoccurring role during the final season of HBO's hit "The Sopranos" in 2007, according to IMDb.com. She also appeared shows like "Gossip Girl" in 2011, "The Bridge" in 2013 and the movie "I Am Number Four" in 2011.

Wickersham's character was been awaited by fans since de Pablo's departure in September.

De Pablo's tough as nails Ziva David character appeared first appeared in Season 4 and quickly became a fan favorite, according to TV Guide.

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"On a September day in New York, I'm looking out my balcony, and I still miss my family," de Pablo told TV Guide during a September interview about her departure. "But they're with me all the time, every day, and that won't change."

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