NCIS Casting Scoop: Who is Bishop?

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The search for the new Ziva David is officially on.

Following the still-difficult-to-process news that Cote de Pablo is exiting NCIS next month, sources confirm to TV Line that the series will soon start casting for another series regular.

It will be seeking an actress in her 20s to come on board as Bishop, described in CBS notes as an "educated, athletic, attractive" agent who is a bit "socially awkward" and who has traveled the world.

Tony and Ziva Scene

Bishop - also outlined as possessing a "mysterious mixture of analytic brilliance, fierce determination and idealism" - will likely debut in early 2014.

In an exclusive interview with TV Fanatic, showrunner Gary Glasberg said he can never actually replace de Pablo or the character she brought to life, but Episode 3 will pick up with Gibbs telling Tony they have a "job to do" and the team adjusting as best it can.

NCIS Season 11, meanwhile, kicks off on September 24.

UPDATE: Emily Wiickersham has been cast in this role.

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NCIS Quotes

McGee: Rule number 70 - keep digging till you hit bottom.
Abby: McGee! There is no rule 70.
McGee: Well, I--
Abby: You just made up a rule. This McGibbs thing has really gone to your head. I don't even recognize you right now.

I am an NCIS special agent. My duty is to serve and protect the United States, and our Navy and Marine Corps across global boundaries. I recognize my badge as a symbol of authority and public trust. I will live my life above reproach, understanding my actions reflect upon my fellow special agents, and our agency.

Tony