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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Michael from Nov. 11th - the only reason NCIS didn't show in the top 5 of last weeks "Most Popular TV shows" was that it didn't air - election coverage bumped it.


@sam i think you are the only one in this argument who got it right.


@Igiveup The polls, plus other means and methods that I was pointing out to Michael take into account all age groups, for the very reasons that you gave, reasons that both the show and the network have taken into account. The results support their decision to begin the process to put Tony and Ziva together, albeit slowly,and that it meets favorably with all age groups. If the results didn't support their decision, they most likely would not be going through with it.


Again - The younger viewing demographic is IMO, over represented on polls. From what I've read tptb pay attention to CBS forum (which requires a Facebook account( and Facebook posts. Both of these are much more populated by the younger fans, who tend to like the soapish Ziva heavy romance story lines. Many older ardent fans have established careers and professions, and often have to be much more careful about participating in online social networks. Older fans simply don't have a voice with tptb, and are apparently insignificant to them since the 18 - 49 crowd statistics are what determines how much they can charge for commercials. This trend has been great for Ziva, as she has been turned into the character around which most dramas revolve. In order to fanwank this tragic wonder Ziva agenda, Tony has lost skills, become the weekly joke, and has been turned into Ziva's purse. He can't seem to have a personal issue anymore unless Ziva is involved.


@Sam: I totally agree. And, also, let's not stereotype. I am a 57 year old female totally comfortable online.


@Michael And you need to realize that these online polls are not the only means that they have of checking up on public opinion. And those other means and methods are backing up what the poll results online are showing them.


I say that when, as all things do, NCIS goes off the air, they need to end it as follows:
Ziva/Tony get together
McGee and Abby get together
Somehow, someway Gibb's wife and daughter, Shannon and Kelly, are still alive. Perhaps they were held captive all these years to one of Gibbs' arch enemies or they stayed away to keep him alive. Any scenario works as long as it gives him his wife and daughter back. In any event, I don't want anything to happen with Ziva and Tony until then. The tension plays too well and we all know what happens when that tension on a show is consumated. The show tanks. Part of what makes the show IS the tension. My 2 cents. Take 'em or leave 'em.


I believe that the younger demographic tends to be over represented on these polls, since many older viewers (who by far make up the largest portion of NCIS's viewing audience) don't even go online. It is also evident though, based on the constant pushing and contriving of tiva moments that it is the younger crowd that the show is trying to appeal to. Long time fans who aren't invested in seeing the pretty actors hook up seem to mostly be forgotten by the "sex sells" campaign. This is why many posters (especially Tony fans) are ready to jump ship - not the tptb seem to care.


@Sam One thing you need to learn about these online Poll is they are always rig they never are very believeable and fans can change the results like they did over at TV Line.


I'm a fan of Tony and I have no problem with him entering into a relationship with Ziva. I don't believe it will diminish him, nor Ziva. I think there are fans of both characters who won't mind the pairing and that there are fans of both characters who will. Based on the number of polls that have been conducted online and elsewhere, I think the show has pretty much made up their minds to put them together. I really don't see it becoming a reality until next season, but I look for the buildup for it to continue for the rest of this season.

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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.