Fall TV Preview

Fall TV Preview: NCIS Star Says 'This Is the Year' for Tony/Ziva -- Plus: More Explosive Aftermath

When CBS’ NCIS kicks off Season 10 tonight at 8/7c, from the debris of the Navy yard bombing will rise something many fans have waited for.

But first, a SPOILER ALERT, because this preview simply cannot avoid revealing who all survived the explosion — not that the well-reported re-signing of several cast members over the summer left anything up in the air.

“That’s just the nature of the business,” showrunner Gary Glasberg shrugs when asked about Michael Weatherly, Sean Murray, Pauley Perrette and David McCallum each making headlines by inking new deals, effectively affirming their characters’ mortality. “All I can do creatively is tell the best stories I can tell and make it work.”

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And one story Glasberg has on tap has been years in the percolating — and it may be time for it to boil over. As previously reported, Agents Tony DiNozzo and Ziva David, who have always managed to keep each other at arm’s length, will inch ever closer together, starting during their isolation in an elevator after the explosion, and then beyond.

“They’ve been through extraordinary circumstances together, so it doesn’t necessarily require the explosion,” Weatherly says of the catalyst for the new closeness. “There’s a real, plain-spoken, straight read between them, so they don’t have to jump through hoops. When she watches Tony does his stuff or he watches her hide behind that barricade of an Israeli assassin princess mentality, they both clock it, they know it and they can move around each other. It’s a great relationship.”

A relationship that’s on track to blossom. “This is the year. Trust me,” Weatherly tells us. “This is the year.”

Glasberg says he pulled the trigger on the new trajectory for “Tiva” after he and his team watched Weatherly and costar Cote de Pablo work through the season premiere’s elevator scenes. “The consensus was to do that more of that this season, to peel back some layers and find little moments — and [ever since then] we’re finding opportunities I think the Tony and Ziva fans will really enjoy.”

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For a procedural entering its 10th season, the time may be right to travel down that road. Besides, doesn’t Glasberg kind of owe “Tiva” fans that much? “I do, don’t I?” he responds with a wink. “And believe me, we think about that – about where we are in the arc of the series. It’s time, so let’s see what we can do.”

For Gibbs and the entirety of his “family,” however, the reverberations of Harper Dearing’s attack on their back yard promise to be sobering.

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The Season 10 premiere picks up two hours after Vance’s car was bombed, and despite all those spoilery contract re-signings, the aftermath “is more significant than I think a lot of people thought it was going to be,” Glasberg promises. “There are casualties, there are injuries…. It really rocks their world and it will emotionally carry over the trauma of it throughout the season.”

For Gibbs (played by Mark Harmon), “This is his family, and nobody messes with the family,” Glasberg reminds, “so this becomes very personal between him and Harper Dearing (Richard Schiff). A line was crossed by bringing that bomb onto the Navy yard, and Gibbs will deal with things in his own way.”

Others at NCIS will deal with the aftermath partly with the help of a crisis counselor (Crossing Jordan‘s Steve Valentine) who shows up next week. Abby, for one, will suffer nightmares after the ordeal, so “Gibbs sort of helps her reach out to her brother in helping her get through that.”

Ducky, meanwhile, “has to take a mandatory step backwards” after his heart attack scare “and figure out what his role is going to be” moving forward. That in turn tees up an “eye-opening experience for Palmer (newly promoted series regular Brian Dietzen), who really has to step up his game,” says Glasberg. “I’m very pleased with the way that [story] is unfolding.”

As for McGee, the premiere plants a seed for the possible introduction of the character’s elusive father. “It won’t happen until the later part of the season, but I think were going to get into a little more of the McGee family,” Glasberg teases. “Sean [Murray]’s always game to tackle whatever we throw at him, so yeah, we’ll scratch a little deeper, absolutely.”

Fans of TV’s most watched drama series can also expect the “extended NCIS family” to be sprinkled throughout Season 10, including Ralph Waite (in an episode introducing Leroy Jethro’s namesake, played by Star Wars‘ Billy Dee Williams), Robert Wagner (expected to return as Anthony DiNozzo Sr. for a Christmas episode) and Michael Nouri (likely reprising his role as Eli David early in the new year).

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  1. tp says:

    All of this sounds good to me! This is the best week. Can’t wait for tonight!

  2. ChalexFan says:

    Happy dance !!! for Tiva :D by the way…..TPTB better not mess with my emotions!!!

    • Nubie says:

      lol Chalex I feel the same way….I’ve been squeeeeing my way through all these spoilers. The Time has Come. :) I’m sooo thrilled for Tony & Ziva. They both deserve to be finally happy with EACH OTHER, since they have not been able to do so with anyone else. I hope Tim’s Dad shows up in his son’s life, because right now he needs his father (and sister too). Abby deserves to grow up and Mature a bit more, and I hope having her brother in her life will help her do that. As for Dearing? Well, he’ll only get THE Beatdown of his LIFE – N O B O D Y messes with the Great White. :P

    • Saint Alicia says:

      I know! In calling this “the year for Tony/Ziva” there’s really no room for misinterpretation–if they are REALLY “pulling the trigger” on the two of them there better AT LEAST be a kiss, if not more!
      Can’t wait :)

    • jen says:

      that picture above says it all for me. was hoping they’d get together a few years back after the rescue. he almost died saving her. just love the dynamics between ziva and tony. happy dance here too

  3. Gibbs Fan says:

    Glasberg “owes” any fangroup…why? Why are the Tivas any more special snowflakes than the MCNozzos, or Tabby fans, or anyone else? H wait. everyone else gets screwed with even having their favorite characters having good scenes, so this show can push Ziva’s nastiness and disdain for Tony and his lack of character growth because they’re “hot”. The Tony I knew and loved is dead. He doesn’t go for crazy chicks as he said in Kill Ari, and he’d never go for a woman who asked him what any woman would see in him.

    I’m disgusted that with Ducky’s life hanging in the balance all the press is about Tony and Ziva. What happened to the cohesive TV show about a team who liked each other? Now its just snipe snipe snipe and having characters having “A moment” in an elevator while colleagues are injured and dying all around them.

    Romance? Not in my world!

    • NM says:

      Glasberg is *so* jumping the shark here, and his characters all tend to have the same thing in common: they’re flat, two-dimensional, and his storylines are more hole than plot. I don’t even watch anymore.


    • Michael says:

      I understand your discomfort and displeasure with this annoucement, but this article is reflective of what the journalist/blogger wants to discuss and the showrunner wanted to go with it. Tiva has been something that has been overtly hinted at for years, and something that the showrunners have always hinted at when asked; typically McNozzos or Tabby has not been something as overt or openly discussed, and possibly not the direct the showrunner ever wanted to take it. As for ‘owing,’ well, again this has been hinted overtly for years since Ziva first started on the team.

      As for Ducky not receiving more attention, that is something that is not ‘new’ or unexpected, given that we ended the season with him having a heart attack (and they can not reveal who survived or not but the fans know). All of the characters are isolated and that means that the moment you are so disgusted with has nothing to do and does not impact Ducky’s heart attack; I bet you dollars to donuts that they immediately attempt to help Ducky or are concerned with his recovery when they are informed. I also am willing to bet that the episode ends with everyone at Ducky’s recovery room, waiting for him to get better (or at some point near the end of the show).

      • NM says:

        ‘Michael,’ try to write like you actually speak. It tends to help when it comes to making sense. In case you missed the memo, you don’t, make sense, that is.

        As for “owing,” I’m in Gibbs Fan’s corner: good writers, producers, and directors never feel that they owe anyone anything. But then good writers, producers, and directors tend also to insist on that important thing called RESEARCH. I declare, NCIS is the *worst* researched show on TV at present (with NCIS:LA a close second). Glasberg wouldn’t know Charley-Mike from a Charley-Foxtrot, but he should: his show is a Charley-Foxtrot, and he seems intent on Charley-Miking it all the way to Low Ratings Hell. This is JAG all over again.

        • Taylor says:

          Funny, I understood perfectly what Michael was saying, but had to read your post twice to make sense of it. You may want to consider brushing up on your grammer. I also find it amusing that you mention ‘Low Ratings Hell’ when we’re talking about the number one rated show on television, as it goes into its tenth season. Even if it were to lose half its audience it would still be considered a hit show.

          • Nat says:

            lol Taylor I find it also funny that embittered individuals like that LOVE to use terms & phrases they CLEARLY don’t understand. “Jumping the Shark” has NOTHING to do with this situation. A romantic relatioship between agents on NCIS was built into canon from the start by the creator of the show. But then again…these individuals probably weren’t around back to appreciate “Happy Days”, from whence the TRUE term of phrase was coined. They say Ignorance is Bliss.

          • NM says:

            My grammar (do note the spelling) is just fine. Feel free to check it against the Chicago Manual of Style. Did you bother to Google “Charley-Mike” and “Charley-Foxtrot”? I don’t think so. If you had, you wouldn’t have complained about ‘grammer.’

            It’s funny. I used to love this show. I still love the characters, and I hate what the writers are doing to them. The current Ziva is borderline character-disordered; Tony is an emotional wreck. Realistically, a romantic relationship would be even more abusive than it is at present. This sort of thing is best played out in soap operas, not in an LE (law enforcement)/military procedural show. But more to the point, their relationship would not be permitted by conduct regulations. Even though NCIS investigators are civilians, they still have to adhere to the Navy regs that govern fraternization. So how are the writers going to play it? Tony and Ziva sneaking around? Well, gee. I’m sure the Tiva fans will just love that. I can hear the howls already: “What’s the point if they can’t kiss right there in the squad area?!” But my guess is that seeing as the writers have defenestrated every other book (including the UCMJ, dear gods, I don’t even…), they’ll toss the conduct regs, too.

            The fact remains: if Glasberg works the Tiva angle, he’s jumping the shark. JAG was rated pretty high, too, until the last two seasons. History repeats itself. Even in TV Land.

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      • Gibbs Fan says:

        I’ve read an early copy of the script for this and I’m very disillusioned, unless there were major changes. Tony and Ziva come across as not only self-absorbed, but uncaring and uninterested in their so called friends to force yet another “moment” that Tiva fans scream over and the rest of us are left scratching our heads. In the few pages of dialogue they don’t even focus on anyone else’s well-being. It’s just like all these random characters of the week sudden;y eye spying that even though Ziva seems to actively loathe Tony, they’d be so perfect together. Maybe NCIS will learn something from the debuts of Bones and Castle.

      • anonymous says:

        i agree with the “tabby” fanbase.they were friends long before tiva came around. i guess the more popular one is tiva now or whatever. regardless of that, i do hope (as others have mentioned) we get a moment with everyone around ducky’s bedside.oh well.

        • Jane says:

          I like that you’re answering yourself. It’s not about who was there first, but who is more popular to the audience, because let’s face it, it’s a Tv show and it matters. GG even said it himself, Tiva is a big part of the show. The best ratings last season was Desperate Man, an episode on Ziva with a lot of T&Z scenes and this episode came after a huge Tiva episode. The fans like Tiva. It’s a fact.

      • arial2 says:

        Agree with everything you said. I’m not a big “Tiva” fan, but that’s mainly because neither character seems to have matured enough over the seasons to engage in a meaningful relationship. If all we’re going to see is lovers’ quarrels in the office, that will detract from the show. Should both of them come out of the bombing with new, deep insight, then go for it. As immature as Abby’s facade is, I’ve always felt she’s the one who would have the best chance at a successful relationship (whatever that means!) because she would take it much more seriously than any of the other characters. Not saying she should, but just an observation.

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    • Taylor says:

      I think that Glasberg ‘owes’ the TIVA fans in the sense that TIVA has been teased and slowly developed since Ziva first showed up in season three. In a way, the show asked fans to invest in their relationship, and seven seasons later, they feel those fans probably deserve a pay off. And let’s be honest, TIVA has had several very overtly romantic moments over the years, as has McAbby. McNozzo and Tabby; not so much. Just because you can’t make ALL of the fans happy doesn’t meant they shouldn’t try to make some (possibly most) happy.

      • anna says:

        Tiva has only been teased during the SB era of the show & that’s because of SB & CdP. MW has ALWAYS played a T/Z with a grain of sarcasm & fantasy
        Considering the way most tiva fans act on the twitter & in many comments sections, the last thing that group deserves is any wish fulfillment

        • Megan says:

          MW has always played T/Z with sarcasm? What show have you been watching? Seriously, you know him now? MW adores Cote and he has even said that (up until now) season 3 was his favorite season because it brought Ziva. Your misconceptions sound like sour grapes to me. You like to perpetuate the rumor that all the antis have that MW doesn’t like CdP, well if you follow him on twitter or actually “listen” to him, you would know that is a big fat lie.

        • Nat says:

          HAAAA!! THIS coming from an individual sooo filled with HATE for one GORGEOUS Latina actress that she can’t even bring herself to differentiate between the TV Character & the PERSON. Anna, you’re a sick puppy, and you need to seek some professional help. You and your Hater pals have LOST the War. Majority Rules. Court is Adjourned. Pack it Up.

          • anna says:

            & the nat from twitter & the cbs list checks in with her special brand of hate…you guys are so predictable, you’re almost funny!
            Unlike many of the ziva fans, I *know* the difference between the character and the actress. I also know the difference between critiquing a performance versus ‘hating on the actress’ as you put it. Perhaps a class or 2 in critical thinking and writing would do you some good.

          • Dani says:

            Ignore Anna. Her “Elevator doesn’t ride all the way up to the top”. Even the ones who USED to be her pals don’t take her seriously anymore. She hates Ziva with a passion, and HATES Ms. DePablo. She even posts all kinds of hateful messages about “both” the character AND the actress, and everyone knows it. Indeed, she needs to seek professional help, and that’s not the first time I’ve heard that said, concerning her.

          • anna says:

            & point made about the personal attacks from a certain small bunch….
            this is actually almost fun to watch….

          • NO! says:

            While I agree, this kind of personnal answer is not smart, Anna you cannot call anyone on it, since you’re doing it too. But when you’re doing it we should find it normal? Sorry it doesn’t work like that. You cannot accuse someone on doing something you’re also doing. It doesn’t make sense.

          • Dani says:

            And yet Anna…..YOU spend ALL this time & Energy coming on here and posting PERSONAL attacks against the Amazing Ms. DePablo. You even did it in comments BELOW this post. I don’t care if “NO!” agrees or not. “NO!” clearly doesn’t know your history like so many US do. Facts are FACTS. People are sick and tired of you Anti-NCIS types (yeah, I said it) trying to come on EVERY.Single.Media.Article that’s posted in FAVOR of the show, and trying to tar & feather the characters AND the actors – with your Signature Stamp of Hate – who are just DOING THEIR JOB. We don’t CARE if you don’t like it. There’s a whole, wide MASSIVE world out there who DOES. The show WILL go on, and WILL continue to leave you further & further behind.

      • Jane says:

        Very smart comment.

    • Kimble says:

      I’ve already dropped 2 other shows Glassburg was a part of due to the “run the ship thing into the ground” mentality he seems to favor… which is too bad since I actually enjoyed NCIS before it was All Tiva All The Time.
      The Tivas are “owed” something? WHY?! What makes them any more special than those of us who were watching the show long before Ziva even showed up?! Besides… most TONY fans either have never liked what the pushing of this pairing did to his character… Ziva fans on the other hand go all giddy over any time they’re even in the same shot together, declaring it TRU WUV… well, if tru wuv is having a loaded Sig Sauer shoved in your chest, count me out.

    • wendy foran says:

      I am so up there with you on this. Tiva should not happen. I agree, Tony’s character has changed dramatically over the seasons and not for the good. The writers have changed the dynamics of the team…you dont get that ‘family’ feel any more and Gibbs and Tony’s relationship has just shifted completely out the window. We have Ziva’s nastisness and McGee’s lack of respect for his SENIOR partner and that seems to be ok! Am becoming disappointed with the show…and yes more should have been shown about Ducky and his struggle back from his ordeal-there was no real caring about him and I for one would’ve thought Gibbs would’ve beeen there for his friend. Grrr!

  4. tali says:

    Great news!! I just want them back! I want those little moments we used to have in the earlier seasons. They made fans happy.
    It’s obvious that Tony can’t find anyone cos he’s hung up on Ziva. I don’t want him to be old and bitter like Gibbs. He at least had wives and family.
    It won’t be any diff than it is now. Tony and Ziva still would give their lives for the other. In a second.
    Just wanna see them happy.

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  6. Dee says:

    Bring on the TIVA!

  7. love this news, it will piss off a number of fans but i do think its about blumin time its been building up for 7 years!

  8. I’m so excited to hear this is the ‘Year for Tony and Ziva’…..they’ve been dancing around this will they/won’t they for so long. I’m also excited about what’s in store for Ducky, Palmer, McGee and Abby. Sounds like this year is gonna be one of the best seasons ever! Bring it on, I’m ready for tonight!

  9. Sherri says:

    I love Tiva! Also want to see some McAbby!

  10. Yes! says:

    Tiva finally!!! This has been such a long time coming!

  11. Karen Czatla says:

    Great spoilers. I think it’s time to move the show forward a bit. I’m anxious for this season. I am getting worried because their is so much competition this year. Seems as if everyone is putting their best against NCIS to try to dethrone them. It’s time to add a few twists in there.

  12. sue says:

    Forget Tiva, it just won’t work, and the show will fail because of it. I’d rather see Ziva with Callan from Los Angeles. Those two would work!

    • Lyn says:

      Know it’s not scientific, but I’m shocked by that survey — I thought the Tiva fans were still about equal to those like me who don’t want to see the show turned into Grey’s Anatomy with guns. Would a real-life NCIS team tolerate a romantic mash-up within the group? Why couldn’t Tony and Ziva find some zingy romance outside the workplace? Oh, well. It’s not like it’s the only thing on TV.

      • Anna says:

        Actually Lyn they pretty much are still equal…the main difference is that the tiva fans jump all over anything on the net to make their presence known loud thinking it was offer validity to their demands that their pairing be made canon.  I know of many who are out there on other message forums, lists & elsewhere who won’t post anywhere else because of the abuse heaped on them in public & private by various tiva fans – can’t blame them at all…


        • Elle says:

          You don’t have to comment to vote Anna, your comment doesn’t make any sense.
          Only a few Tiva fans commented, most of the people who votes don’t take the time to leave a comment here. Same thing for the antis, the truth is just that they’re not as many as the Tiva fans.

          • Anna says:

            Ahhh Elle….go ahead & believe what you want.  Fact is to vote you still have to go to the site which some just won’t do for the reason I already stated as well as more.


          • Elle says:

            So we’re supposed to believe that if the poll is so much in favor of Tiva, it’s because every fan against it is tired of being abused by Tiva fans? And of course you know this because you know every single anti on the planet? Tiva fans have been dealing with antis for years, and antis aren’t afraid of them, they’re always coming on Tiva articles to start fights and even vote on polls against the actors like Cote de Pablo. So you’ll not make us believe that the only reason Tiva fans win this poll is because antis are afraid to come here. They’re the first ones to vote against Tiva every time they’ve the chance. But in the end, they’re still a minorty. About 7%.

  13. vicki says:

    Sad ofr me -Not a TIVA fan – I think I’ll be moving on from NCIS. I love Seasons 1 – 6.5. I miss the old days. Congrats to the TIVA fans.

    • Gibbs Fan says:

      They sure bullied their way into getting what they want. I wonder how the show feels about the Michael and Cote shippers who are out of control. Not all Tivas are like that, but there’s a sub set who have mentioned hating their significant others for keeping Cote and Michael apart.

      • Gaara says:

        Better not starting another “who is the bully” argument, cause both Tiva and Anti-Tivas have the same amount of blame. And, unfortunately, every single fandom has those creepy “fans”, thank god they are very few and easy to ignore.

        • Jennifer says:

          Gaara, I have yet to see Dream Width blog posts from the anti contingent talking about telling Bojana Weatherly how ugly she is at a Bristol Farms grocery store and how she should let Michael be with the woman he wants. I’ve yet to see them congratulating each other about telling any one off on Twitter. I’ve yet to see the antis writing stories with Michael and any one together and posting them on the fan fiction archives and then tweeting him to read the stories. Some of the antis are nuts, but have they taken it to the actors and their significant others?

          • Gaara says:

            oh you mean nuts like the ones who wished Cote got cancer, on tvfanatic comments? Or simply for her to lose her job and go back in Chile? Or the ones who accused Shane Brennan to be a homophobe because he didn’t put enough Tony/Gibbs moments? Don’t, please.

      • Ashley says:

        Seriously? Man, that right there is why I avoid fandom for the most part. The crazies ruin all the very best things.

  14. Tara says:

    Now if they would just bring in Tea Leoni as a love interest for Gibbs, I’d be thrilled.

  15. ninamags says:

    Yeah, I’ll give the show a few more views to see how the super special, meant-to-be (even though one has complete disdain and even disgust for the other) relationship pans out. This show has been successfull because of its lack of romantic entaglements. I do not want Tony to become involved with Ziva!!

    • Gaara says:

      Yeah yeah, Ziva hates Tony, Michael hates Cote… keep telling yourself that, if it makes you sleep at night *shrug*

      • Jennifer says:

        How soon we forget, or were we not watching at the time the blind item about a fight at the wrap party that two NCIS crew members on Facebook confirmed was Michael and Cote, before CBS legal forced them to remove them. Too bad those guys don’t let fans on to those pages any more. It was eye opening reading.

        • Jane says:

          Big lie to bash on Cote (when you know the details) and it has been around for years. And anyway, this is interesting how? Don’t you ever fight with your friends?

          • anna says:

            sorry – many insiders to the show have let slip tidbits that are highly unfavorable to ‘saint’ cote thru the seasons.
            Funny how it’s only the rabid ziva fans who can’t seem to stomach them when they appear.

          • Jennifer says:

            I’ve never grabbed a coworker’s crotch, no. Especially not a coworker there with his fiancee. And yes, I do know the details. It un-folded a few feet away from me,

          • anna says:

            They won’t believe you Jennifer…anything that sullies the image of their sweetheart is only a dirty lie uttered by someone who is either lesbian or violently jealous of cdp/ziva. MW could stand in front of a live camera feed & confirm everything that’s leaked out over the seasons & they’d call him a liar & hate on him as well.

        • Cindy says:

          Going after a character is one thing, but going after an actress like that because of a Tiva article is not okay. If you have a problem with someone just tell them directly, do not talk about them badly on the internet. It’s not nice.

      • ninamags says:

        Excuse you, please do NOT put words in my mouth (as it were) I never mentioned Michael or Cote!

        I mentioned the characters. I do not know, nor do I care what the relationship, or lack of, there is between the real people behind the scenes.

        And Ziva does have disdain for Tony. If you actually paid attention to the story and dialogue you would be able to see this clearly enough.

      • malissa says:

        I agree with you 100%

    • Spikenalabama says:

      Ditto. This will be the ruin of the show.

    • Taylor says:

      I’m not sure how you can say with full authority that ‘the show has been successful because of its lack of romantic entanglements.’ I gave up on CSI and the various Law and Orders a long time ago because I got bored with the lack of character development and very limited relationships. And while I had casually caught ‘NCIS’ a few times it wasn’t until I saw some of the early episodes featuring ‘TIVA’ that I got sucked in. While I have no doubt there are many fans who would be happy to never see a relationship develop, I do think there’s a significant portion of the audience who are ‘TIVA’ fans.

      • cara says:

        Totally agree with this.

      • malissa says:

        Taylor I agree with you law and order and csi went many years without relationship and people who have feeling for each other getting together made the shows kind of boring. But don’t get me wrong I love those shows but there was more there in the shows that would have brought the show out. I have a question for the fans why not ziva and tony. I love the idea there was no rule that started that coworkers can not get together

  16. Tegan says:

    *pops champagne cork*

  17. Butt monkey says:

    I find it so pathetically sad that people hate the idea of two fictional characters not even getting together, but having “moments.” If they don’t evolve, the story becomes “stale and the characters boring and predictable” you whine. If they change, you whine, “But that’s not the Tony from Season One!”. First off, if you care about the characters, you’ll be happy they are happy and that the writers make an effort for them to seem realistic by evolving. Second, we all know the whole TIVA relationship is completely dysfunctional. It would be awful if it were a normal relationship, and y’all would whine, “That’s not how two messed up people would court one another!” I feel like the writers can’t win. But what’s worse? It’s that some of you guys piss all over the internet voicing your hatred for a fictional relationship.

  18. Lizzie says:

    I’m so glad that Glasberg has decided to dive into the Tony-Ziva relationship. With these actors’ talents, their great chemistry, a dn the complexity of their characters, the relationship has the potential to be great. It will open up new avenues not just for these characters but for the whole team. Really looking forward to it.

  19. Gaara says:

    Thank you Glasberg *__* Honestly, it didn’t take Sherlock to figure out that they were meant to go down that road, sooner or later. With all the “Having phone sex?”, flirting, UST, heartaches, soulmates, pretending, jealousy, “Couldn’t live without you”, Paris, “Cherish each other”, “I’m not going without you” etc etc… Idk why some people are so surprised lol. It’s called “storytelling”.

    • Ella says:

      I know, right? Why are so many people disgusted or turned off by something that has been hinted out for God knows how many seasons? It was kind of clear they were going to go there sooner or later… it’s the natural progression of these characters. I’m totally on board.

  20. Song4ten says:

    TIVA is so completely contrived and forced. I wish TPTB would stop giving in to the “shippers” and leave this storyline alone.

    I’ve never been a Ziva fan to begin with, so the thought of Tony with Ziva just gags me. There’s simply no romantic chemistry between them.

  21. darcy says:

    i never called myself a shipper but Tony & Ziva won me over. I am a sucker for dysfunctional and flawed people and I root for them!

  22. Lorena says:

    I am already loving this season knowing that Fornell and Borin will be there, i love them both, and cant wait for tonight premiere, i missed them

  23. Just wonderin'... says:

    Anybody else think that “Tiva” will go the way of “Huddy?”

    • Jennifer says:

      Going the way of the dodo is fine with me!

    • Svenja says:

      No I don’t think it will.

    • Lyn says:

      YES, if (as with Huddy) they let it screw up the whole show in annoying, illogical ways. Also (as with Huddy) I really like Tony and love Ziva, but don’t see why they have to become a couple just to satisfy people who are so unimaginative they want every potentially attractive TV couple to end up in bed together.

    • Ihateducky says:

      Kill Gibbs kill tony Kill Gibbs kill tony Kill Gibbs kill tony Kill Gibbs kill tony Kill Gibbs kill tony Kill Gibbs kill tony Kill Gibbs kill tony Kill Gibbs kill tony Kill Gibbs kill tony Kill Gibbs kill tony Kill Gibbs kill tony Kill Gibbs kill tony Kill Gibbs kill tony Kill Gibbs kill tony Kill Gibbs kill tony Kill Gibbs kill tony Kill Gibbs kill tony Kill Gibbs kill tony Kill Gibbs kill tony Kill Gibbs kill tony Kill Gibbs kill tony Kill Gibbs kill tony Kill Gibbs kill tony Kill Gibbs kill tony Kill Gibbs kill tony Kill Gibbs kill tony Kill Gibbs kill tony Kill Gibbs kill tony Kill Gibbs kill tony Kill Gibbs kill tony Kill Gibbs kill tony Kill Gibbs kill tony Kill Gibbs kill tony Kill Gibbs kill tony Kill Gibbs kill tony Kill Gibbs kill tony

  24. bye bye NCIS says:

    Here comes the tiva & there goes the viewers….I’m sure the kids will be thrilled – they’ll have something else to watch along with switched at birth, pretty little liars & OUAT. Those that like to think when they watch TV though will be shorted again in favor of a contrived romance that doesn’t even work except for certain media pushing it.

  25. Jennifer says:

    They’re doing spoilers wrong. With every spoiler more people are saying they’re done with the show. How I hope ratings suck this season, Harmon retires, and Weatherly moves on. It would be a mercy killing seeing how much Harmon and Weatherly were outspoken on their wish to not have Tiva on their show.

    • Jane says:

      That’s because you keep reading the same messages from the same people. lol. You’re not more than 5 in reality threatening to be done with the show if it doesn’t go your way.

      • Jennifer says:

        I fast forward most of the show, but out of respect for friends and family who work there, I’ll be taping it. That doesn’t mean I’m happy with the developments.

  26. ana says:

    Very sad to see Weatherly still being forced to act like a trained monkey in the Glassberg/Harmon era of NCIS. Harmon especially should have known and understood what that treatment (during the Brennan era) did to him

  27. Natalie says:

    Could this interview be any more perfect? I don’t think so. Perfect q’s, perfect observations made by its author and perfect answers by GG. NCIS is one of the shows I’m looking forward to the most this season (Only being beaten out narrowly by “The Mentalist”) and largely because of Glasberg’s interviews. Thanks for the great job covering this and “Castle”, Matt. You never disappoint.

  28. Velma63 says:

    Am I the only one squeeing with delight over the thought of Steve Valentine showing up on NCIS? From the first episode of NCIS I thought that he should guest star – will he be doing a character anything like his Crossing Jordan role? I always thought that Nigel and Abby would be an ideal couple :D

  29. Saint Alicia says:

    Wow, the level of butthurt in these comments is staggering. We get it, 2 to 3 of you are pissed Tony and Ziva will/might get together, but in your attempt to rain on everyone’s parade you’re merely revealing how truly vile and petty you are.
    Bringing up gossip and hearsay about the cast in an attempt to what… slander them? Insulting the EP and actors to what… put them in their place? And you think this puts shippers in a bad light? Not a single pro-Tony/Ziva commenter has said anything as disgusting or negative about the show, characters/cast or even other viewers. But you think you’re humiliating them? YOU are the embarrassment. All I can say is: “think about your life, think about you choices.”

    • anna says:

      ahhh…so nice to see you using this signon (your moderate, ‘I’m a fan of the whole show ID) to chastise some…bet you’re singing a different tune on twitter & DW & will soon stoke the flames with the other sign on you use in most forums & spoiler articles.

      • Saint Alicia says:

        Okay… projecting much?
        Remove your tinfoil hat and learn to read. I never claimed to “be a fan of the whole show,” in fact my first comment in this post is about wanting Tony and Ziva to kiss. So no, not a moderate, just highlighting the fact that you and your ilk are SHAMEFUL.
        And I always post as “Saint Alicia,” anything I have to say goes under this moniker (and I make plenty of polarizing/incendiary commentary about several shows), but that doesn’t change the fact that here and now your comments are disgraceful.

        • anna says:

          well let’s see…you’ve checked in under this ID and the svenja ID….is the Kaylia one next? or the one you used on the cbs forums to bash anyone who didn’t agree with your opinion? & perhaps in this comment you’re all tiva-ish, but in previous comments on tv line you’ve always tried to project a moderate viewpoint under this ID. Guess it’s rough when you’re called out, isn’t it?

          • Saint Alicia says:

            LMAO, this is rich! You are so delusional and all these erroneous suppositions… are you even trying to make sense? If you’re going to “call out” someone, at least know what you’re talking about. Svenja and Kaylia are separate people (that’s easy enough to figure out), hell, I actually follow them both on tumblr! Yet somehow you’re convinced we’re all one and the same. I guess in your mind every pro-Tiva commenter is a single person using different aliases. Sorry to break it to you, we don’t need to do that, our fandom is just. That. BIG.
            Stay bitter ;)

          • anna says:

            Because, of course, every account on a website is made up by a separate individual….that’s really rich!

          • Saint Alicia says:

            ^^And of course you’re going to maintain whatever supports the ludicrous assumptions you’ve made here. All I know is I’m not them, and moreover, if you follow (let alone interact with) a specific social media presence you can deduce enough about them to tell if they’re a distinct individual. But that probably requires too much reasoning for you… I mean, why bother ascertaining that people are indeed separate (which, let’s be real, doesn’t make a difference to you), when lumping them together serves your purpose.

          • Tegan says:

            Um excuse me, but I happen to be very good friends with Svenja, and her URL on tumblr is kaylia, so yes she alternates between those sometimes. But I can guarantee you that ‘Saint Alicia’ is not her, so why bring her into it? Can you not understand that there is more than one pro-tiva person in the world? (In fact the majority of NCIS watchers are, as proved by surveys on multiple mediums, so…)

          • Svenja says:

            Hey, can you please keep me out of this? I would very much appreciate it. I didn’t start discussions here on purpose because I decided to stay away from mit a while ago for myself because it ruins all the fun for me. Thank you Anna (not that I care much but just to clear this up)

          • Svenja says:

            BTW I am Svenja and Kaylia1991. Because one is my nickname and one my actual first name. That has never been a secret. But that’s it with the names.

    • Cindy says:

      Just congratulations on that post!!!

  30. A Ncis fan says:


  31. About time they made Palmer a series regular!!!!

  32. xav says:

    Not really into the romance of any main characters. It’s so done.

  33. CJ says:

    Hopefully “tiva” will be background at most. I am NOT looking forward to that at all. Team romances change a show, and usually not for the better. Sad news for NCIS fans.

  34. silencero says:

    The only thing better than these great news about Tiva are the comments. I think everyone gets what they deserve. Karma is a bitch.

    • Unhinged says:

      Stay classy.

      • anna says:

        Silencero is one of those unhinged tiva fans from the original cbs forums who like to take things as personal as possible

        • Unhinged says:

          Know all about the CBS forums. Was there a lot as “nomoreanvils”, I just got tired of the crap slinging back and forth. Left the online world of NCIS and was much happier for it. Apparently I should just stay away because I’m a lot happier with the show when I’m not reading this stuff.

          • anna says:

            ahhh ok…yeah, that was an education for most normal fans over there…
            but then you probably know onyoursix2 & their particular brand of nastiness as well. They’re here too as SA, svenja & kaylia will probably show up soon too. As you can tell from this column, some things in NCIS never change.

          • Svenja says:

            Gosh Anna please stop it. Kaylia is my nickname Svenja is my actual name. Full stop. There are no more accounts and I have no reason to keep discussing with you. I haven’t been doing that in more than half a year as you might notice. So I am telling you LEAVE ME ALONE AND OUTTA THIS. Ok? I am staying away from these discussions because I am focusing on people who like the same things as I do now and I know your opinion will never change so there is no point in discussing things with you. Check out my Twitter it has my Twitternicknamename and my Svenja name in there. Not that I care but it is annoying reading my name in this discussion. Thank you bye

        • LOL says:

          This coming from someone who just called that person unhinged, it’s rich.

        • silencero says:

          Sorry not falling for that. Hey you tried ;)

          • anna says:

            wasn’t trying…was pointing out the truth….remember reading your posts for the brief time I was over there…also remember seeing some of the tweets you’ve made in the recent history. You don’t need to ‘fall’ for anything. Those that have encountered you & your ‘friends’ in fandom know what you’re about.

        • SAM says:

          That’s funny.

  35. Mel says:

    Thanks Matt, for being an “agitator”,lol! This is why we love you and TV Line, and wouldn’t have you any other way. Props for all the fabulous NCIS news you’ve given us lately, and over the long hiatus. As far as the show, I love all the characters and hope Tony and Ziva, and the whole team, find happiness and all get their turn to develope and grow. Bring on Season X!

  36. Cindy says:

    Cannot wait!!! THIS IS THE YEAR FOR TIVA!!!!! After 7 LONG years, it was about time they start working on their relationship :-) We are probably not going to see them get together before the end of the season of maybe even the one after but at least they are working on it and it makes me happy!

  37. rbas says:

    Year of Tony/Ziva!!!! Finalllyyyy!!!! Woohooo!!!! :D

  38. Yes, as I said earlier, this is the ‘Year of TIVA’ and I can’t wait to see how they explore their new found relationship in Season 10…. I do think the best season ever will be this year, with each and every member of Team Gibbs being in the spotlight. We’re so lucky to be able to watch such a wonderful ensemble cast every week. Matt, thank you so much for all the NCIS goodies you share with the fans. Keep ’em coming! :-)

  39. Is this even real says:


  40. Svenja says:

    This is like birthday, Christmas and everything. I can’t wait for the season. I also cannot wait for Tony and Ziva to finally get there gradually. It’s about time :) So happy.

  41. Ivy says:

    Tiva :) Tiva :) Tiva :)

  42. lili says:

    So happy for Tony and Ziva! The most crushable couple on TV :)

  43. I am more excited for S9 premiere than I have ever been. It was an awesome finale, and now Michael W. says this is “the year of the Tiva”. He and Cote have sizzling chemistry that is in my opinion much better than Bones or Castle actors. They are a throwback to amazing couples in film from the 40s and 50s. I knew Huddy wouldn’t work from the beginning, and that Bones and Castle would work very well because of the relationship the couples had leading up getting together. Tony and Ziva are different than any of those three. They are not the lead characters, but part of an ensemble. We won’t focus on their story every week. We won’t see more than a few minutes of Tiva at a time. The writers need to keep the banter, fun, and the tension, so we can see the beautiful journey as it finally dawns on them that they belong together!

  44. totallycreepedout says:

    I find it really creepy that some people are so obsessed with a pretend relationship on a fictional TV show that they loose all sense of common decency.
    There’s a whole big, beautiful world out there with real people and real relationships. Perhaps people should step away from their TVs and computers and try living in the real world.
    I can pretty much guarantee that if T&Z get together or not, it will have zero effect on your lives

    • Lauren says:

      Actually it will have a profound effect on many people’s lives, and the beauty of that is that it’s NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS WHATSOEVER.

  45. ncisrulez says:


  46. estefania says:

    I love this year will be TIVA, I respect al opnions about it, but I don’t agree with people who said michael hates cote, but it isn’t real , and I should add that NCIS will be continuing better an better later tiva happens, this willl gives a new Ideas and helping to develop another characters how McGee

  47. NCISFan says:

    Oh my god, if you haters dislike Ziva and the Tiva so much, why did you read this article? It’s obviously on something you don’t like, so don’t read it, simple as. Don’t be stupid as to insult something that is a huge part of the show. Every character is important, and all relationships/partnerships involved. Don’t like it, then tough. It’s clear that its happening, and you bashing on Ziva/Tiva isn’t going to change that. The writers do what they want, and what they feel will work for the show, and clearly they believe that this will. Quit whining, it ain’t gonna change.

    • totallycreepedout says:

      It’s a yeah or nay poll which means both sides are allowed to speak.
      If you don’t like it, go back to a tiva only site.
      And the name calling and insults really does not make your side look like the nice, friendly kids you all claim to be.

    • Jessica says:

      I agree if you don’t like them together don’t watch the show cause its gonna happen wether you want it or not so if you don’t like it don’t be mean and bash them just don’t comment

  48. ladyR says:

    and Gabby?