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Marina Sirtis Cast on NCIS as Eli David Successor

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Marina Sirtis is set to guest star on NCIS, and to take over at Mossad.

Following the death of Ziva's father Eli David (Michael Nouri), the Israeli intelligence agency has named his replacement, and she promises to figure prominently in the remainder of NCIS Season 10.

“The search to replace Eli David as Mossad Director was tricky for us, but we ended up with a true find in Marina Sirtis,” executive producer and show-runner Gary Glasberg says of the casting.

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He told TV Line today: “I’ve always been a Star Trek fan, but Marina really owns this part. The cast loves her. She’s everything I wanted for the role and then some. We are lucky to have her.”

Sirtis, who will first appear sometime in April, is best known for her seven-season, four-movie franchise fixture on Star Trek: The Next Generation, plus various TV, film and voice work.

The show returns tomorrow night with an all-new episode, "Squall," featuring the introduction of another key character, McGee’s father (played by Jamey Sheridan), a.k.a. The Admiral.

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part 2 all of whom are women. LIOR WEINTRAUB
Spokesman, Embassy of Israel
Washington, Jan. 18, 2012

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Women's Rights in Israel
“Israeli Women Core of Debate on Orthodoxy� (front page, Jan. 15) points out the challenges faced by Israel in balancing the principles of democracy and pluralism. Though the examples cited are serious, they are peripheral to the lives of the vast majority of Israeli women, who enjoy full and equal rights unrivaled anywhere in the Middle East — indeed, in most of the world. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly and categorically condemned any discrimination against women. “In the State of Israel, in which women sit in the cockpit, women can sit in any place,� he recently told a graduating class of air force pilots that included five women. Any threat to women’s rights in Israel will be resisted by Israel’s leaders, among them the three government ministers, 24 members of Parliament, the heads of Israel’s two main opposition parties, a general on the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the chief justice of the Supreme Court, all of whom are women. LIOR WEINTRAUB
Spokesman, Embassy of Israel
Washington, Jan. 18, 2012

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i'm kinda shocked that they'd go for a female director for the agency eli headed....because over there, women DON'T have many rights.....i wonder, how this will go over with ziva?....NOT i could care about her....except shipping her sorry butt BACK where she came from....i STILL DON'T TRUST HER. alisa

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I'm so excited that Marina Sirtis will be joining NCIS. Jonathan Frakes was on Criminal Minds, another of my favorite shows. It's going to be great to see how she and Ziva interact. You know Tony will love her.

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Awesome to see Marina Sirtis on the NCIS lineup. I don't think there is a guy in North American who was a TNG fan who didn't have a crush on Counselor Troy. She saved the day for Picard plenty of times. Interesting that they didn't pick the would be successor identified earlier in this multi-show plot. No discussion of what happened to him that I can remember. OTOH, I remember Ziva burying something in Israel. She's not done yet avenging her father. Heads up on that !!! Possibly, Marina Sirtis' character will intervene but again, and allow Ziva to keep her integrity and let it go..... regardless, something is cooking here with regard to this plot line....

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Yippee Star Trek coming to NCIS can't wait for this episode, wonder if Worf or Data will ever get the chance to star on this show

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I feel lost....what is all the rave about? Who is this Marina person? Are you all typing in code? LOL

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Dude I can't wait this is going to be the 3rd best NCIS season finale EVER

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OHHHHH,YES!!!! YES!!!! YES!!!! YES!!!! I JUST CAN'T CONTAIN THE WAY I FEEL!! I want to jump on my couch like Tom Cruise just reading about this!! YOU BETTER KNOW I WILL BE WATCHING THIS!! I truly believe now that THERE IS A MERCIFUL GOD!!!

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Ohhh...my two favorite shows ever. TNG and NCIS - I certainly hope that this works out as well as it seems like it should.