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."

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So nice to have a real female on the show I was getting so bored with Ziva who the US would NEVER allowed to join NCIS

@ Michael

Hmm, didn't know the United States was responsible for hiring people for NCIS. You really have no idea what you are talking about, do you?

@ Michael

A "real female"? Your posts get more absurd each day.

@ Michael

So, have you seen a sneak preview of Bishop on NCIS? I assume you have since you are already praising her as being better than Ziva when she hasn't even appeared on the show yet. Either that, or you have amazing esp abilities.


I, like many am pretty bummed out over Cote's exit. However that being said we must move on. I'm not familiar with Emily Wickersham so I'm taking a wait and see approach. I would like to see Diane Neal appear more regularly too. She was great in "Oil and Water".


Sounds interesting


Who else is a blonde on the show? Ziva, Kate , and Abby sure aren't. Only blonde I recall is Agent Cassidy.

@ guest

EJ was blond...!!!! and have her team remember. And now we have a purely American team. More foreign invader in the team.
Just a young super talented analyst to replace the bad Israeli of Mossad (I'm being sarcastic here because I loved Ziva and her exotic touch). I wonder what will be the dramatic past of Bishop? A great big drama in her life as the other characters. Otherwise it will not be funny. Wait and see


Ohhh.... Another blonde white person on the show!!! How ordinary.

@ carol

my bad I try to forget about EJ, but still she's an NSA analyst and not NCIS, no one has said she would be NCIS, perhaps a cross agency tie. Also what says she will be in all upcoming eps, RC and BD aren't and they are series regulars also. just sayin'

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