Emily Wickersham Promoted to NCIS Series Regular, Will Debut as Bishop This Month

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Emily Wickersham is joining NCIS full-time two weeks from tomorrow.

The actress, who was cast as NSA analyst Eleanor “Ellie” Bishop before the season premiere in September, has already been promoted to a series regular, CBS announced today.

Wickersham was originally slated for three episodes, but according to NCIS producers, her work with the team proved a success and they made her role permanent.

Bishop on NCIS

Emily Wickersham’s Ellie Bishop is proving to perfectly compliment the NCIS team,” said executive producer Gary Glasberg in a statement. ”Her energy and enthusiasm is contagious."

"Great things are planned for Bishop and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have her on-board.”

In September, when the actress was cast in the role and Glasberg disclosed that Wickersham "could" become a series regular down the line, he added that his intention wasn't to "replace" Ziva.

However, "I can introduce a character who is unique and quirky and fun, and hopefully people will embrace her and feel like she is a new element to this group and a new part of moving it forward."

Wickersham, whose first episode airs November 19, fills an empty series regular spot on the show that has been there since the second episode of the current season.

Emily Wickersham Photo

Cote de Pablo's exit has been a focal point of NCIS Season 11 so far. Even though she only appeared on one installment this fall, her sudden departure has been a lingering factor.

Michael Weatherly, whose character Tony has been most impacted by Ziva's departure, tells EW, “We’re excited about having Emily join us on these little adventures we do every week."

"Seeing how she is in the world that we create together,” Weatherly added, has been a success from the start. “I hope the audience likes her as much as we did right away."

CBS describes Bishop as "a mysterious mixture of analytic brilliance, fierce determination and idealism who specializes in international threat assessment and global preparation."

She'll be introduced "when it is discovered the Secretary of the Navy was bugged during a confidential briefing, a security breach Bishop described in exact detail two years ago in a threat analysis report."

"Working side-by-side with Gibbs and the team," the release states, "Bishop cross-examines the case file to help determine who is behind the crime."

Are you excited for her debut? Share your comments with us below!

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There is no other show like NCIS. They keep moving the stories along without a hitch. I think the writers are exceptional but their actors and actresses just cannot be topped. I just love this program like no other. To wait for Tuesday night as I do tells all my friends one sure thing--I am delightfully fixed and will NOT miss an episode. What writers!!! Bravo to the whole crew.


Get rid of the new girl and bring back Ziva please. What happened?


The new girl is ok but she will never fill Ziva's shoes. Please bring Ziva back. She was great on this show. What happened?


I don't think she is right. I m a big fan of ncis. Change her before people lose interest.


Ellie Bishop stole every single scean she was in. She is PERFECT, fresh, and an instant fit to the team. We will always miss Cote, but Ellie Bishop's is so bright, competent, and quiky, I can't wait to see what she does next. I've watched the show from the beginning and I have never been so excited to see when the show goes from here. She's a breath of fresh air AND she's also not perfect. Can't wait for Tues. nights from now own. Great choice!


Please. Add Diana Neal. Wickersham adds nothing

@ Vaderlou

I too feel that she adds nothing. I was hoping for Diana Neal as well. Love Agent Borin!


I'm sure there were many fans who felt devastated at the end of Season 2 when Sasha Alexander left. However, Cote de Pablo is an excellent actress and fitted the part of Ziva so well. The exchanges were great between her and Tony. Time must go on. Let's give Emily Wickersham a chance to see what she can do.


I am not sure Guest. Showbiz is such a fickle world. Saw a pic of Mis de Pablo at a fashion show in Puerto Rico and she has a lovely face so I suppose that would be hard to beat. I liked Ziva so I suppose I would be prejudice anyway.


Saw an interview with her from the set. She was boring and didn't interact with the iinterviewer very well. I would say I hope she is a better actress but I really don't care as I won't be watching.


I love the show and is great to see fresh blood coming in! Aldo I still miss Cote...........I would like the show to get Tony more undercover work and perhaps a long term partner

@ Drumreilly

Tony had a long term partner, and still has it with McGee and Gibbs. Not sure how much more than 8 years can be long term.

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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.

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.