NCIS Exclusive: Cote de Pablo Inks New Deal

This is the news NCIS fans have been waiting for: After lengthy negotiations, Cote de Pablo (Ziva) has closed a new two-year deal to continue on the veteran CBS drama.

The actress was the last NCIS regular without a deal, meaning that the entire cast of the show is now locked in for next fall.

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  1. Deena says:

    YES! woot!

  2. Jen says:

    Thank you. I can now watch the rest of the season without wondering in the back of my mind if Ziva is going to be one of the predicted deaths. Awesome!

  3. redreh says:

    YES YES YES YES. The main cast is gonna pull through. God Bless, I’m just so happy. Harry Potter trailer came out, and Ziva’s alive–Oh what a lovely day!

  4. Tessa says:

    THANK GOD!!! I was so afraid that Ziva might be the “6 Feet Under” blind item answer because Cote hadn’t renewed her contract yet. I am so glad to have this awesomely talented woman on the show for another two years :)

  5. D says:

    Now CBS just needs to setle a new contract with Thomas Gibson and I’ll be happy!!!

  6. tejas says:

    Well rats. How disappointing.

    • Melissa says:

      Just shut up… really I mean, get a life and stop hating ZIva so much

      • peekaboo says:

        Well she does have a right to her opinion.Not everybody has to like a character because someone else does. Just like you have the right to be elated which you obviously are as am I.

      • NickC says: need to grow up.Telling someone to “shut up” because you don’t like their opinion is sad..Can you express yourself without insults?…were talking about NCIS here people.Calm down.

    • pl says:

      Gee tejas, I bet you’re bitter that about this, aren’t ya? Hahaha. Well deserved, Cote!

    • maz says:

      well rats, your face is disappointing.

    • cookie says:

      We win and tejas loses since we love Ziva and she’ll still be around!

      • NickC says:

        JESUS….you all are childish..if someone wants Z. dead or off the show that’s their right.If your happy about her staying that’s yours….What is wrong with you people??? The comments have become more childish by the day.

    • Spikenalabama says:

      Agreed. Can’t she please just go away..

  7. maggie says:

    Thank goodness!! I thought she was going to be one of the deaths! This is so exciting!!!!!!! Yay Ziva!

  8. Nerwen Aldarion says:

    Good, all they need to do is make the writing interesting again and I’ll start tuning in again every Tuesday.

  9. Linnie says:

    Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees! I was so worried about Ziva! I think it’s safe to say our Team Gibbs pulls through! Now I’m just worried about Franks, because I’m pretty sure I saw today that Muse Watson is going to appear in the season finale arc.

  10. as says:

    figured we wouldn’t get lucky enough to get rid of the dead weight….oh well, maybe they’ll still off her for ‘storyline purposes’

    • Jason says:

      Ziva is here to stay! Suck it.

      • pl says:

        I second that ‘suck it!’. Be bitter, haters. Go Cote! Long live Ziva!

        • AngelMoonGirl says:

          Bahaha agreed! Suck it! Bow down to our beloved “princess” ;D

          • Blix says:

            What IS it with you people?! Those of us who don’t bow down to the altar of All Things Ziva don’t get to have our own opinion and FREELY express it in a PUBLIC forum?

            “Haters” exist on BOTH sides of every argument. The TIVA fen are always whining about those that don’t like TIVA… perhaps you should practice what you preach for a change.

      • Blix says:

        Wow, what an intelligent, articulate, mature response.

        • guess says:

          Because the antis and haters are fonts of kindness and fairness. They never get rude and obnoxious and immature. Have a little integrity.

    • c s says:

      We already knew that Michael Weatherly signed a contract, so obviously the dead weight was going to stay.

      • eurie says:

        Well, they turned Tony into a pathetic idiot partly in order to maintain Ziva’s self-righteous “invincibility”. She might be a perfectly trained assassin with excellent combat skills, but a good agent she is not.

        NCIS has gone way too far southwards. The LA franchise has been so much better recently.

  11. JDHetherington says:

    Well I guess that means the 2 deaths will be 2 of the new team’s members and the survivor will probably be brought back Season 9 as a regular cast member and join Gibbs’ team.

    • Steven says:

      I’m guessing that the two deaths will be Franks and Kort, and that the P-T-P killer is Ziva’s boyfriend. Thoughts?

  12. Chatty says:

    Well, she would have been a fool not to come to an agreement. Now we can all rest easy knowing that none of the core team members are going to push up daisies this season. Woop!

    • as says:

      ziva isn’t a core character

      • Anna says:

        Not sure what show you watch…

        • as says:

          it’s a fact….as PP stated, the *core* characters are Gibbs, Tony, Abby & Ducky – the ones who’ve been there from the beginning
          Joining in S3 makes ziva only a core character to those that think the show revolves around her

          • pl says:

            Poor ‘as’, your life revolves around trying to make Cote lesser than her castmates. It’s not working. HAHAHA.

          • kay says:

            not really…i’d consider McGee a core character, wouldn’t you? and kate was there from the beginning, but she’s certainly not here anymore…so that clearly doesn’t make her a core character.

          • JAguil says:

            PP was talking about the “core 4” though. Ziva can still be considered a core character just not part of that core4 group…

          • c s says:

            No, “core characters” are the regulars the show revolves around. Original characters are the ones that have been around from the beginning.

        • Sara Black says:


      • Correction says:

        “Core” means center. The shows central characters are Gibbs, Tony, McGee and Ziva. Some could even argue that Abby & Ducky are also core characters. Now – ORIGINAL is a completely different thing. Ziva is not an ORIGINAL character, but rather a REPLACEMENT that became CORE. Get over the Ziva hate.

  13. Guy says:

    Well i guess this means that she isn’t one who dies. Thank god for that. Good news indeed.

  14. bean99 says:

    So happy about this. I still remember Kate’s death and was so worried they were going to kill off Ziva. I saw Cote on the View and loved seeing her real personality. So different from her character.

  15. Pamela says:

    Excellent! Hopefully we will see some Tony/Ziva action. :)

  16. billie says:

    oh thank god. i was spending way too much time reassuring myself that ziva wasn’t going to be one of the 2 ncis deaths promised for may sweeps. now i feel way better. yay!

  17. tara singh says:


  18. Paula says:

    Oh my God no no no. Now we get the same crap we got before Im sick I will find something else to watch she brings the show nothing and I wanted Tony to be smart and compitent again, fat chance with Ziva around.

  19. Ruthie says:

    Haters gonna hate that’s all I gotta I.

  20. Vollisar says:

    Hooray for my favorite female TV character ever. Sounds like the entire cast will be together until the end. It would have been very difficult to watch without Ziva.

  21. Unhinged says:

    Glad she’ll be back, only wish is that “Tiva” is killed off for good.

  22. AngelMoonGirl says:

    WOOT WOOT I freaking adore Ziva, and her portrayer the talented Cote de Pablo! She’s my favorite character on NCIS, and without her, there’s no Tiva (Tony/Ziva) to love! So yaaay!

  23. Sara Black says:


    She’s my favorite ever!!! I’m so so so HAPPY!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And being honest, I’m not worried anymore about the end of this season. Everybody is safe now!!!!!!!!!!!!

    PD: of course, I’ll be happy if Ray stays, but I’m sure he’s going to die, hero or killer, but die anyway. But anyway, Ziva is a surviver. And well, Tiva is the final game this show has being playing, we all know it, like it or not. (And I do like!!).

  24. TrueTiva says:

    YAY!!! This excellent news makes me very happy. Where there is a Tony and a Ziva there lives Tiva. YIPPEE!!!

  25. Verena M says:

    Great news, the whole team is gonna pull through :D (this season finale anyway)

  26. Blix says:

    Well… Ziva survives… ok, fine. It was probably too much to ask that they write her out, anyway. Hopefully, Gary Glasburg and company have, however, been paying attention to the recent soap opera cancellations and taken note, and we can finally kill of the drag that is TIVA and get back to the more INTERESTING relationships on the show.

  27. JAguilar says:

    2 years seems like too long. I didn’t want her gone at the end of this season, but I’m betting they’ll be killing off a character next season to spice things up. I was hoping it’d be Ziva, but I guess not. As long as they leave Gibbs, Abby and Tony alone I’ll be good.

    10 bucks says it’ll be McGee they get rid of next season. 20 bucks it’ll be Vance.

    • c s says:

      I’m the opposite. I’d rather they get rid of Tony. He hasn’t done anything interesting in four seasons and his character hasn’t advanced at all.

      • ceindreadh says:

        As a Tony lover, I’d almost agree with you. He’s been dumbed down so much over the past few seasons – mainly to make others look good – that as a fan of him since the first ep, it’s been almost painful to watch.

        Fortunately TPTB seem to have seen sense and there’s been less of the dumb!Tony in the last few eps. Here’s hoping for a return of the smart competent agent we were originally shown.

  28. Joe Jackson says:

    So who dies? The spoiler was someone on Team Gibbs for die. It was made clear no one from E.J. group is part of Team Gibbs in Dead Reflection, Gibbs can not stand her or her group. We know two people will die and one from the Team. Would Mike Franks be considered a Team Gibbs member?

    • JAguil says:

      I think maybe you read the spoilers wrong? I remember reading at least 2 core or recurring characters would die. Recurring can mean anyone who has been in 2 episodes or more. I’m thinking Franks and the tall guy who went on a date with Abby. There’s always Vance too.

      • Pennagirl says:

        I believe the spoiler said 2 characters from NCIS will being dying; I don’t remember any specifics. Jimmy or Vance? The list of people that have re-signed — the actor playing Jim Palmer is not on their.

  29. Joe Jackson says:

    I hope they get rid of Tony, the character has not grown in 8 years. An Agent in his 40’s acting like a teenager all the time is getting very annoying

  30. maggie says:

    YES!!! Love Ziva, Love Cote. I’m glad CBS and TPTB did the right thing. Now they can bring it on with TP2K and lets see what our team is up against.

  31. Petra says:

    But if they all have contracts for next season who’s dying?

    • tejas says:

      Having a contract is no protection from an actor’s character being written out. All of them, except probably Mark Harmon due to his advancement to Executive Producer next season, are still fair game to be killed off.

      • Svenja says:

        I do not believe they will actually write out one of the regulars… They are the key to the success of the show…but I am worried for several recurrings…
        The only two persons of the main cast I am not so sure about are David McCallum, Rocky and somehow (although he’s offically not a main cast memeber)Brian…

      • Lisa says:

        True. & that’s not even taking into account the possibility that a cast member choosing to leave. That’s what happened with Sasha Alexander, right?

        (side note to ‘tejas’: I’m not particularly a Tiva shipper, but I am a big fan of Ziva – and even though you’re not, I really am impressed at your ability to form coherent sentences, unlike some of the absolute brainiacs out there. Makes me actually take your arguments seriously.)

      • redreh says:

        Well, you are half-right and half-wrong. Cote’s contract, for example, books her for two years. I’m sure that no actor is going to put effort into a contract that excludes them from air time/acting. If the contract just says ‘to be payed for two years X sum’, then I suppose you could be right, but who would sign, or much less offer, a contract with no work in return?
        That of course leads to the other option, which is being written out anyway. But being written out means being unemployed under the state of your contract, which could lead to a lawsuit for “Breach of Contract”, and nobody wants that.
        I’m pretty sure these contracts are iron-clad. That’s why they take so long to iron out.

        • Cassius98 says:

          A contract can be written any way the 2 parties see fit. This includes a contract that is intentionally misleading to the public.

  32. sophie says:

    So glad to hear that she has renewed. Love all of the regulars on this show – happy to have all return for season 9.

  33. Svenja says:

    So we will have Cote until Season 10?
    That’s great…
    I seriously never expected her to leave…
    And I am looking forward to the next few Seasons.
    NCIS is the best show on the air…
    I looooove Cote and Ziva.
    And the rest of the team….I love them all

  34. Mia says:

    I woke up half an hour ago to the best news of the month. Now I can breathe a sigh of relief! :) I love NCIS and the characters in it. The ENTIRE team. And I don’t want any of them to go.

    I am sad to see the hate these days on BOTH/ALL sides of the fence. A few years ago it pretty much started with the Tony fans vs McGee fans, now this side of the hate (Ziva fans vs. Ziva haters) has been added to the mix.

    I remember the old times in the early days, when NCIS was almost entirely flying under the radar (a feeling of NCIS against the rest of the world) and was just this remarkable little show with the great team that simply wouldn’t go away – despite the fact it never got any coverage. Fans were strong, united and stood behind their show as ONE.

    Nowadays I almost never go to message boards and forum anymore. It seems that everywhere you go, there is hate and bickering of groups against each other and that it is not even about the show anymore.

    My plea to ALL the NCIS fans is: No matter which side you are on… HATE is NEVER the RIGHT SIDE. Drop your aggression against each other, remember that the “other side” is just as human as you are and that, no matter which side you are on now, you ALL became a member of the NCIS community, because you fell in love with the show at one point

    I have two wishes for the season finale and the new season:
    1) that none of the main team dies (Gibbs, Tony, Ziva, Tim, Ducky, Abby, Palmer) and Vance in addition to the team.
    2) that ALL fans of the show take the 4 months of summer break to reflect on their behavior towards other fans, let go of the hate and come back in fall with a fresh approach, an open mind, tolerance towards one another and their respective opinions, a calm, polite and constructive manner while stating your own preference… and the rediscovered pure and simple joy and love for the “little” show called NCIS.

    Thank you for taking the time to read my comment,


    • Svenja says:

      I am totally signing this Mia..
      Well said :)

    • redreh says:

      WORD. Seriously, preach it.
      This is my problem–you can’t go onto any NCIS related news here and not see hate. Whether it’s hate spread between two people with differing opinions or hate directed at one character. It’s just like… JESUS, people! Do you know how much energy it takes to hate? How much your vicious diatribe hurts other people?
      No one saying you have to LOVE Ziva/whoever, just, you know, be cool with your opinions and less hateful.

      I remember McGee versus Tony too. Was equally baffled then as I am now. How could you hate either? Beyond me.

    • Bobbie says:

      Thank you Mia! I would like NCIS to continue on for the enjoyment for everyone. Why do they say it will end in season 10? If it is still widely popular then why do they end it? I wonder if they would spend off? When did they spin off from Jag? Wasn’t in the last 2 or 3 episodes?

  35. Fred says:

    Maybe now they’ve upped her money she’ll employ a voice coach and sort out that awful accent she’s been using. And if the cash bonus is to stop her doing her own stunts that would also be to the good. The fight scenes might actually get some life back into them if they were done by professionals.

  36. Smack says:

    Heck yes. Perfect comment here. :) I only talk to fans on the forum I moderate on (which disallows character AND ship bashing) and on Twitter. I get tired of all the negativity. Aren’t we all watching the same show? I love all the characters and am glad everyone’s staying, especially Cote/Ziva, because she is my favorite. We all have our opinions – why can’t we share them in a respectful way with each other?

    • Smack says:

      (That was supposed to be in reponse to Mia’s comment, whoops. :P Not sure why it didn’t post it there. Haha.)

  37. chase says:

    oh happy day! glad to hear that the Gibbs team is still in tact and in for the long haul. thanks for the great news!

  38. Lorie says:


  39. vickils says:

    Not really too surprising. I wish they’d do away with the Tiva and bring back Ziva from the 3rd season. I like cote – Ziva from the past 3 years or so just gets on my nerves.

  40. Bruce says:

    I hope they do not kill off Franks or Tobias

  41. Jenna says:

    Oh Thank God!!!

    Best news ever!!!! =]

    I’m too excited to even breathe right now!

  42. Aspen says:

    This has made an awesome day even better :’)

  43. Kiki says:

    Thank God! Now, I can sleep again.
    I guess TPTB were waiting to try the waters with that EJ person.

    • Pennagirl says:

      I agree, I think they were waiting to see how the fans liked the new team (and the leader) to see if they would offer Cote (Ziva) a new contract. Two more years for the show at least…YAY!

  44. Renee says:

    I’m glad cause I don’t want the team to change. Unless maybe they add the two new guys too. The new woman can just go off screen…I’m ok with that.

  45. Dj says:

    Good for her bad for me. I wanted her to be the one who the P2P killer kills.

  46. Spikenalabama says:

    This news makes me sad. Why can’t they get rid of her and let Tony get back to being the interesting, sexy, funny character he used to be. All this Tiva crap and the will they/won’t they has ruined this show.

  47. Ayye says:

    >CdP is love.

  48. Molly says:

    Yay I am really happy for cote and that we will be seeing a lot more of her in season 9 and 10 thank you CBS for renewing her contract

  49. laura says:

    To all the people who hate Ziva:

    if you really detest her so much, why are you even here, then? don’t you have better things to do?

  50. Natasha says:

    OMG YES, finally .!

    agreed ^ if you hate ziva gtfo.

    Iloveyou COTE <3