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: 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.

I'm more of a Super-Mario guy, myself.

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