NCIS Scoop: SVU's Diane Neal Says She'll Be Back as Agent Borin

To those who, when I reported on Diane Neal guesting on USA Network’s Suits, hoped that the actress would also return to NCIS…. well, this is for you.

Speaking with TVLine at Tuesday night’s Thirst Gala event in Los Angeles (honoring those committed to ending the global water crisis), Neal said that she is in talks to once again reprise her role as Special Agent Abigail Borin, during the CBS megahit’s upcoming Season 10. (CBS was unable to confirm the casting as of Tuesday evening.)

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First and foremost a Law & Order: SVU vet, Neal made her NCIS debut toward the end of Season 7, when Gibbs’ team discovered striking-slash-amusing similarities between themselves and their counterparts at CGIS (Coast Guard Investigative Services), which is led by Borin.

Also, as individuals, Borin and Gibbs discovered they share much — too much? — in common, rules lists, head-slap habits and all.

“It is the most fun place to work,” Neal told us her now-and-again NCIS visits, counting Pauley Perrette, Cote de Pablo and Michael Weatherly among her good buddies on the set and hailing series lead Mark Harmon as “the nicest man in TV.

And I get to have a gun!” she added. “It’s also really fun because I play the female Mark Harmon.”

Neal most recently visited NCIS in the October 2011 episode “Safe Harbor,” when Gibbs’ team considered her as a “perfect match” for their boss. (With reporting by Vlada Gelman)

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  1. NoChance says:

    I actually think she’s a better match for DiNozzo than Gibbs. If this is accurate I’m very glad to hear Diane/Abby Borin will return

    • Pat D. says:

      Haha…you know since she IS a female Gibbs, we might have another “Lady Jerry” situation from seinfeld if she went out with Tony.

  2. estefania says:

    I love her and her character in NCIS , I can’t wait to see in the new season

  3. Clarissa says:

    Looking forward to it!

    Since Pauley Perrette is hosting the Thirst Gala event, any way y’all can get any contract news out of her? Or is it being kept secret until the season starts?

  4. Oh, I’m so excited to hear this wonderful piece of news…..absolutely love Diane Neal as Agent Borin. Bring on Season 10!

  5. kate says:

    this is great news! I love her and her character on NCIS is really fun to watch with the NCIS team. looking forward to it.

  6. vollisar says:

    I love Agent Borin! She and Gibbs are perfect together!

  7. I love Borin! Not as a romantic interest for anyone on the show, just as a character.

    • Anna says:

      Agree 100%. Although I wouldn’t mind seeing her with Gibbs I don’t need them to be a couple. I just like the character and love Diane Neal

  8. I love Diane as both Borin and Novak. She needs to be back on SVU as Novak with a break every once in a while to be on NCIS. THAT would keep her Twitter followers from asking her when she’s returning to both shows :)

  9. kateakaangel says:

    I would love to see her with Gibbs, I can’t stand Ryan {JLC} and Diane Neal is great, also a great match for Gibbs. They have way more chemistry than Gibbs & Ryan; who had NO chemistry together at all.

  10. Sophia says:

    wooho i love Borin. Now Fornell and than season 10 is already the best season

  11. arial2 says:

    So glad to hear she’s returning. Loved how she and Gibbs were so much alike that he seemed to enjoy working with her, almost a first for him. On the other level, I wanted so much for Gibbs and Ryan to have chemistry, because I love JLC, but it just never really seemed to happen. Now, with the “other Abby,” Abby Borin, it was immediate and so natural. I’ve haven’t sensed Gibbs having that instant chemistry with a woman since they (apparently) killed off Jenny Shepard. Looking forward to her episode(s)!

  12. Svenja says:

    Love Diane and the character Abigail. So happy that she will be back. I hope they will never ever kill the character off and keep her as a recurring until the very end of the show. She is amazing :)

  13. Kath says:

    Glad to see her return, Borin is a great character.

    If Gibbs is to have a relationship, I’d much rather it be Borin then Ryan. Although I like JLC, Ryan was too nasty and competitivie with Gibbs. On the other hand, this show is terrible with outside love interests (see Barrett: EJ; Ryan: Samantha; Ray) and too often I can’t wait to see the last of them so maybe Borin is better off as just a colleague.

  14. Renee says:

    Good I like her.

  15. Bill says:

    I’ve always thought that she was a much better match for Gibbs then Jamie Lee Curtis’s character is. Now that Jamie Lee will perpetually be on the run from her ex, this is a perfect opportunity to reintroduce her as a romantic interest.

    Remember this is NCIS, so we don’t need to see Gibbs’ love interest weekly; about once every 10 episodes is about right…

  16. Ashley says:

    Good news! I really like the character of Borin – especially how they’ve written her as an actual CHARACTER and not just “so-and-so’s love interest”.

  17. instaflex says:

    it must fun to have to play the feemale equivalent to Harmon’s Gibbs

  18. JAN says:

    7-7-12 LETS GET IT DONE———————————————–

  19. Sege says:

    I had the feeling after she was “introduce” as Special Agent Abigail Borin CGIS,
    that things weren’t going to stay there!
    She is so thorough with the character that I think only Diane Neal is there to “stay”!
    She will reappear more and more often in different Episodes until she becomes
    part on the Serie.

    Diane Neal is a strong Actress and I just don’t see anyone else handle Abigail Borin!

    Or no Diane Neal, no Abigail Borin!

    It’s a cut to measure character for Her!

    It was planned from Day One!

    Don’t worry she’ll be back!!


  20. bfralia says:

    I’d like to find a way for the writers to write Abby Borin/Neal in on a regular basis. I’ve always liked her as an actress and she is so great as Abby Borin.

  21. Evelyn says:

    Wouldn’t it be fun if the writers let Fornell and Borin fall in love and marry, so Gibbs (sniper) can seduce Borin from Fornell and get revenge at last!!!

  22. eva løvsjø says:

    Diane Neal is fantastic as agent Borin:)

  23. gail o´hara says:


  24. Works for me. Borin is a great character and I really enjoy watching her. My preferred love interest for Gibbs has always been Col. Hollis Mann. I know she retired to Hawaii, but she’s still my favorite for Gibbs. Maybe he could show up in Oahu when the show ends, and we see that they’ve been corresponding for months and finally get together. Just sayin’….

    • Reuben says:

      I liked Jenny more personally. The tension between them and the fact that they both secretly had feelings for each other at the time of her death.

  25. Pete says:

    I hear agent Borin will be Ziva’s replacement

  26. Louann says:

    I’m so glad Borin is staying on NCIS. She is great!
    Unfortunately, Bishop is no Ziva. She doesn’t add anything to the show!

  27. Lelia Hamm says:

    I think Diane Neal Is a much better replacement For Cota dePoblo then the little girl that sets on the floor to help investage!!!