Coming Soon to NCIS: Tony Sr., McGee's Dad, Eli David & More

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In addition to the return of Tobias and Diane on December 11, NCIS is bringing back another recurring favorite one week later, while making plans to introduce some intriguing new characters in the new year.

These items have already been reported elsewhere, but we've compiled them here:

On the December 18 Christmas episode, none other than Robert Wagner returns as Tony’s dad, Anthony Sr. As a bonus, for the first time ever, “We see Tony’s apartment,” Cote de Pablo (Ziva) tells TV Guide.

What surprises await there? “The bed he sleeps in,” she laughs. “That’s all I’m going to say!”

Tony, Ziva and Tim Photo

Elsewhere on the fatherly front, come 2013, “Plan on meeting McGee’s dad, the Admiral, in a compelling, emotional story during February sweeps,” executive producer Gary Glasberg tells TV Line.

In that episode, “Abby will be a comforting shoulder for McGee to lean on during tough times.”

Meanwhile, Ziva's father Eli David is also making an appearance in January, and it promises to be complex as always. Along with Michael Nouri's character, NCIS is casting these guest-starring roles:

  • A Mossad associate director.
  • An American businessman whose oil fortune burdens him with ties to the Middle East.
  • Gavriela, a sexy and smart Israeli informant for the CIA, played by Georgia Hatzis. This character “may actually come back, depending on the storyline and how it unfolds,” de Pablo says.

Fathers and father figures look to be a theme of NCIS Season 10. Which of these storylines are you most excited for? What do you think brings Abby and Tim closer together? Discuss in the comments below!

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@Janet Hi; I know. Clearly some don't watch the same show as the rest of the world, because if they did, they'd know that the formula will NEVER change - just like the snarky, instigating, trouble-starting character of DiNozzo will NEVER change. That's who the writers WANT him to be, so that's who he'll continue to be. Tony will NEVER stopped being headslapped until NCIS ends. Ziva will be tough when she NEEDS to be, helping to stop the baddies of the world. Tim will be the Geeky, sweet computer guy. Abby will be the overgrown teenager/brilliant Scientist. Ducky, Palmer & Vance will be who THEY are. You don't like it? Too bad. Get off your butt & find something else to do on Tuesday nights, then!!! Complaining here will NOT work for you!!


first of all, i love season 10 premire! i really dont know how to put this is in a good way but i like when ziva gets kidnapped. i know that sounds weird but it shows that shes not some emotionless monster and bad ass chick she used to be. plus, it shows the way tony and gibbs feel about her! GIBBS AND ZIVA HAVE A FATHER/DAUGHTER RELATIONSHIP!!!!!!!! all the time, people think ziva likes gibbs and gibbs likes ziva, no thats not their relationship! it a father/daughter relationship and i think there should be more shows about their relationship! this is just my opinion i completly understand if you disagree and one more thing! ziva didnt help kill kate or is she guilty for michael! think about it, she was raised to show no emotion, ari was her only sibling left and only sibling who cared about her. i know that if that was my brother i would do anything to protect him and believe he is innocent! and she loved michael, she LOVED michael. it was basically her first love and she even said in an episode that she knew tony was right but she just didnt know who to trust at that point! i mean ziva as basically living in HELL!!!!1 give her a brake!!! thanks and once again its my opinion


@Michael Also (By the way, what you want for the series is what you want and there isn't anything I or anyone else for that matter can do to change that) clearly most (Not all of course) fans don't want what you want so again you can't really speak for them. I understand third paragraph now. I do agree that a continuous antagonist throughout one season would be nice. Anyway, what I'm trying to say here is that if your overtly negative about something or overtly positive about something (Which I am plenty guilty of being myself) then people will look harder for cracks and they are usually easy to find. See, the simple use of "we" instead of "I" and I was able to break down your arguement. And you are now free to break down my argument which would be nice to do.


Shoot me now then. I like how this season is going. 10 seasons is a long time to be on the air. Course they might be going down a little bit or in a direction that fans don't like. I still like it though. I'll be frank though. I don't pay attention to how much one cast members gets air time or anything like that. I don't really care. People say that Tony doesn't get a lot of action or air time. Earlier seasons were surrounded around Tony a lot. For one, I'd like to see McGee get more attention but I won't hold my breaht.


The first and third paragraphs of your response don't make sense. I can't tell what you are talking about. What do you mean by the Voiceless were banned? Also, again your using the term fans as if you are talking about everybody. I'm neutral on the matter of Tony and Ziva by the way. Also, where did you come to the conclusion that Janet has only been watching since season 7.


@Janet you didn't watch NCIS until season 7 so who are you to say who a fan and who not


@Skye please skye whatever michael says belive the oposite he is not a fan of NCIS he talks rubbish and i am being polite.


@Skye She gave Ari the files on everyone of gibbs team thanks to Jenny she had a safe house for ari so he could hide from gibbs and NCIS and Ari was Ziva half-brother all of those are perfect reason for her to be just as gulty as him


Ziva DID NOT help kill Kate she thought Ari was innocent. I don't care if fans are Tate fans or Tiva fans. I like both Ziva and Kate and I love the show now. And I hope we get a good Tony episode and McGee as well


@MCAL I speak for the Voiceless the NCIS fan who were banned by the Tiva people because they were kate and Tony fans,Gibbs and Tony fans I speak for the fan who like Tony with EJ and Jennan. What would I like to see I would like to see where NCIS would of gone if Ziva pay for her crimes that she commited like helping her brother kill kate helping and Knowing that Michael kill that Ice Agent. I would of like the P2P storyline to of keep going I think one of the big issue NCIS has is they have get rid of their bad guy too soon we need a good long season bad guy like CM is doing. Finally I would like NCIS to respect their fans and kill Tiva forever I wish they would see why hooking Tony and Ziva up is bad for the show and that onces they do it the people who have been bitching and screaming for it will stop watching the show like they did with CSI and every other show they rape.

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NCIS Quotes

Tony: One other question, I know you're an expert in English history. And I was just wondering, have you ever heard of Archibald Drummond, the 17th Earl of Trent?
Ducky: The Earl of Trent. No, I can't say I have. Why?
Tony: I was just wondering. Thanks.

McGee: All right. Well you should probably know that Abby and I used to date?
Bishop: Ew. Like, each other?
McGee: Yeah.
Bishop: Wait - isn't that a violation of rule 12, never date a....
McGee: It was a long time ago. After we'd broken up, one night I went to her lab. Found a scribbled piece paper; a list. Potential boyfriends had to fulfill certain conditions by a pre-arranged date or else, goodbye.
Bishop: Such as.
McGee: Things started off relatively normal: opening the door for her, flowers, putting the seat down. Then around number 8, it gets uh...
Bishop: What?
McGee: Does she know you have these?
Bishop: Does she know you have these?
McGee: Yeah she wasn't happy when she found out.
Bishop: These are all very specific.
McGee: Yeah.
Bishop: These ideas apply to you?
McGee: No those rules weren't in place when we were together. At least I don't think so.
Bishop: What's with the two month cutoff? Abby's sabotaging herself. I've seen stuff like this before. We have to talk to her.