That was fast. The newest member of the “NCIS” team is on deck and ready to be deployed. Emily Wickersham is joining “NCIS” as a series regular, beginning Tuesday, Nov. 19, CBS announced Monday.
Wickersham plays NSA Analyst Eleanor “Ellie” Bishop, “a mysterious mixture of analytic brilliance, fierce determination and idealism who specializes in international threat assessment and global preparation,” according to the press release.
Originally slated to appear in three episodes as a sort of trial, it looks like Wickersham is working out well with the team’s chemistry.
“Emily Wickersham’s Ellie Bishop is proving to perfectly compliment the NCIS team,” said executive producer Gary Glasberg. “Her energy and enthusiasm is contagious. Great things are planned for Bishop and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have her on board.”
Look for the character to be introduced into the storyline when its discovered that the Secretary of the Navy was bugged during a confidential briefing, and it’s a security breach that Bishop described in exact detail two years ago in a threat analysis report. She’ll then work side-by-side with Gibbs and the gang as Bishop cross-examines the case file to help determine who the culprit is.
While she’ll be filling the void left by the exit of cast member Cote de Pablo at the beginning of Season 11, don’t call her Ziva’s replacement. Glasberg told xfinityTV in an interview last month: “You’re never going to hear me say that. Because at the end of the day, I’m not looking to replace Ziva. I’m looking to add something new and different to the mix. The Bishop character will be very different and bring something we haven’t had before.”
Wickersham’s previous TV credits include appearances on “The Sopranos,” “The Bridge” and “Gossip Girl.”
“NCIS” airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on CBS.