NCIS Spoilers: Tiva to Open Up Like Never Before?

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This summer, NCIS' brain trust promised to "take things further" with Tony and Ziva in Season 10.

As always, that could mean any number of things. Ambiguity is one of the show's calling cards.

That said, executive producer Gary Glasberg offered this insight to TV Guide: “As we get into November sweeps, expect to see Tony and Ziva opening up to each other more, sharing some guarded memories that they both cherish."

"Tony will have some decisions to make as the season progresses," the show-runner adds of Michael Weatherly's character, hinting, "decisions that could leave him at a real emotional crossroads.”

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Elsewhere, Glasberg weighed in on Alex Kingston guest starring as a key character (and a redhead no less) who will catch Gibbs' eye. Miranda Pennebaker will serve as his conduit to D.C.'s underworld.

"She is someone with a bit of a shady past who knows a lot about the underground sale of things," he says - the selling of a teenage girl in this particular case. "Gibbs turns to her for information."

"They clearly have a bit of a sordid past. It's never really determined how far their past went, but there's flirtation in the air. This is the first time that they are really working together on something."

Will it be the last? Sound off on these dueling NCIS teasers in the comments below ...

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I've watched every single NCIS episode since the show started 11 years ago, which means every single Ziva episode. And I have never seen "Tiva," and don't understand where fans get that. The kisses between Tony and Ziva in the first two episodes of this season seemed to just come out of nowhere, as I saw little indication that they were attracted to each other in previous seasons. I really think that the "Tiva" fans have conditioned themselves to see something on screen that the rest of us don't see. And I've thought that about other shows - for example, there's a huge Fraser/Kowalski following in the "Due South" fandom, but I just saw Fraser and Kowalski having an up-and-down friendship, sometimes liking each other, and sometimes acting like they couldn't stand each other. I'm not a shipper in that fandom, but I saw far more potential for Fraser/Vecchio, which is lot less popular, and I didn't see the so-called "slashy scenes" between Fraser and Kowalski at all. I really wonder why more fans of certain shows can't be content to just enjoy friendships between two characters, instead of imagining them as a romantic couple. Unfortunately, the "NCIS" writers were obviously trying to please the "Tiva" fangirls - and most of them are probably female. Thank goodness Ziva is gone so the show can get back to being enjoyable!


I am in the 80% who enjoys T I V A and I hope that it does continue. This show has the whole crew as an interesting bunch...I do NOT miss it and I watch all of the re-runs. my relatives buys everything that is out on the market of N C I S.


i love team tiva, as you can see tiny and ziva have liked each other for a while.


i love team ziva they are so perfect for each other you really can tell that there is some is a spark between them to you rock team tiva. tony and ziva have been through so much with each other like that episode when he went to go and save her "he said i can't live with out you"


Best ending for the show would be a double wedding with Gibbs walking Abby and Ziva down the aisle towards Dinozzo and McGee. I can't wait to see what this season brings for tiva!


TOny + ziVA = TOVA not Tiva. Must have been a male that screwed that up!


Let's face it, they'll probably do a scene in the last episode of the season with tony and ziva in bed...


Well maybe we will get more into their relationship this season. It's been season after season of longing gazes and flirty air. I hope that they will at least get deeper into their relationship, maybe even a kiss? I'm not putting to much hope for them to fully get together; maybe on the verge. Tiva is a couple some NCIS fans don't want to happen for many reasons, even I, a true Tiva fan is getting mixed feelings. I don't want this to ruin their friendship, yet I don't want them to stay as 'JUST FRIENDS' they have to much chemistry for that.


I think people are who are fans of ncis can still watch the show what ever the out come of this season people shouldn't just stop watching Im Tiva fan but you've got to be reasonable about it the writers might one to give use cliff hangers but saying that your gong to quit watching ncis is wrong because its the show on air You can tell they want to be together but they trying to protect the ones that they love (the team) by putting them first and there feelings 2nd


TIVA should develop further since feelings that are expressed through eye contract and the longing look that each gives to each other how long can a person give all that inside. That was the question that Ziva asked Tony in season 9. Castle consumated their relationship at the end of season4 and season5 so far has been very favorable. It is up to the writers to make the relationship work. Dealing with feelings for each other and how to say how they feel without fear of rejection from either side is hard enough without adding other love interests. Three is a crowd. They have enough on the plate without adding more problems to their relationship.

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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.