NCIS Newcomer Emily Wickersham Reacts to Bishop's Approval Rating and 'Perfect' Criticism

NCIS Spoilers BishopLaying claim to the NCIS desk that someone else occupied for nearly 200 episodes — and on TV’s most watched drama, no less — was a “very big thing” for Emily Wickersham (The Sopranos, The Bridge). But based on the results of a TVLine reader poll and viewer reaction to date, the transition has gone as well as anyone could reasonably expect.

Though Wickersham never crossed paths with predecessor Cote de Pablo (“I would love to meet her someday,” she shares), she absolutely appreciates the significance of filling the void created in the wake of Agent Ziva David’s departure. As NCIS resumes Season 11 this Tuesday at 8/7c, TVLine spoke with Ellie Bishop’s portrayer about joining the CBS drama and soon exposing her character’s less-than-perfect traits.

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TVLINE | After your first episode, we put up a poll asking readers for their first impression of Bishop. Seventy-eight percent either “love” or “like” her. Is that number pleasantly surprising for you?
Oh wow. Yeah. That’s really nice to hear. I know it’s a weird change for a lot of these viewers, so that’s really nice. I like hearing that a lot.

TVLINE | You’re surrounded at NCIS by people who have been on the show for nine, 10 years. Was there any advice as you kind of entered this lion’s den, this tricky transition?
I think everyone knew it was going to be a bit of a bumpy start, but the writing is so great here and the way they wrote Bishop was so wonderful. She’s not an intimidating character. She’s really excited to be here. She’s determined. She’s charming in her own weird ways. I think she’s non-threatening, which I hope comes across. You know?

TVLINE | Gary Glasberg told me that you “brought some fun stuff to the table” in creating the character. Such as…? Maybe the sitting on desks?
Oh, well that’s nice to hear. As I said, she was written so well, but from the beginning I set about finding those little quirks and looking for little things to bring out in her. So yeah, for example, sitting on the desk was something I did in the [audition] that was brought into each episode. Then they brought in the funny food associations, where she’ll remember what she was eating when she was studying certain facts, which I thought was quirky and cool.

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TVLINE | What’s the sum total of her backstory that you know thus far?
Well, Ellie is from a big family in Oklahoma, a Midwestern girl…. We know that she is married, though we don’t really know much about Bishop’s husband yet.

TVLINE | Isn’t he a lawyer? Haven’t we heard or read that much?
I’m not sure what’s been revealed, to be honest, but it’s a storyline that I’m really looking forward to getting to know more about. I think it’ll be fun to see where Bishop comes from. She has three older brothers, Kill Chainwhich I think makes the transition to hanging out with the NCIS crew easier. She’s used to being surrounded “by the guys”….

TVLINE | …taking guff and teasing, that kind of stuff.
Yeah. Yeah. That’s been a part of her whole life thus far, so that comes easily to her.

TVLINE | Bishop has come off as a bit “perfect” so far, so I asked Gary if we’re going to be picking up on any faults of hers. He said there’s something really significant coming up after the holidays….
Oh, yeah. I know what he was referring to, but it’s something I don’t think I can talk about yet. For me, I think the faults in people are the most interesting and fun things to play. Like anyone, she’s got her weaknesses for sure. Even though she’s usually very on top of it, there are definitely weaknesses and faults that’ll pop out.

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TVLINE | As an NSA analyst, her field experience has been an issue. Has she ever, like, fired a gun?
She’s gone through, with NSA, weapons and field training. That was actually something that I had to do before I started here. Our tech advisor, Leon Carroll, took me to the gun range. I had never held a gun in my life, so I was terrified.

TVLINE | Loud, right? My first time at a gun range, I was not quite prepared for that.
Oh my gosh, they’re so loud. I mean, you wear [ear protection], but I was so scared that the gun was like, going to turn around and shoot me. I mean, they are so powerful. But that kind of comes with the NCIS territory, so it’s definitely something to know about.

TVLINE | Well, she’s already helped apprehend a guy by hitting him with a car, so a gun’s almost a step down.
Exactly. I mean, she could just use the car as a weapon!

TVLINE | Lastly, what might viewers be surprised to know about NCIS‘ newest cast member?
Well, unlike my character, I’m very nervous. I mean, I guess Ellie was nervous about joining the team, but I was really nervous about joining NCIS just because it’s been around for a while. Coming into that was really intimidating and scary. I’m a nervous person, so that was a very, very big thing!

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  1. Braddock says:

    She reminds me of Spencer Reid from Criminal Minds, she even uses a .38 revolver too.

    • Mea says:

      I agree, she is good as a second, but something doesn’t fit. they need a new real team member and leave her at her character. Some one who can give tony a hard time. We miss that.

      • Bertie Sargis says:

        Agree. She’s not a lead character material, plus she frowns too much.

        • Libby says:

          I think her frowns are supposed to indicate serious thought, doesn’t work for me, seems over acted a bit?

          • Janine Willetts says:

            Just don’t like the character not to keen on the new episodes with her in. Is there something wrong with the writers because the character, not getting someone worth of NCIS and Gibbs seems to have changed too

          • lsperling says:

            If the frowns are supposed to indicate serious thought, they aren’t working. Looks more like shes’ always confused.

          • lsperling says:

            If the frowns are supposed to indicate serious thought, they aren’t working. Looks more like she’s always confused.

        • lsperling says:

          She always looks confused – as though it takes her a moment to process what anyone says. Dull as dust is this character.

      • gloria benson says:

        I have always enjoyed the NCIS TV show from the very beginning no matter who was killed off, dropped, or brought in. I like the many re-runs too. I liked past actresses and actors because they had good diction, could be easily understood, were very believable, and you could read their facial expressions and reactions. This gal needs a lot of help. She needs to understand herself and the part she should be playing. She is a mumbler topped off by sitting on the floor like an adult inmate in a mental institution. She has no catchy facial expressions worth photographing. Her dialogue falls dead. There is no excitement in her dull personality. She is just not a good mix, a bore I really only enjoy all the parts of the new shows she is not in. Do something quick before the shows ratings go down hill and CBS is up in arms. This show has been a gold mine for them. Keep it that way. There are far better seasoned actresses out there to fill the bill. I would rather see NCIS trying out new gals every week for the remainder of this season.

        • BB says:

          Totally agree. Saw EW on late night talk show and I’m still not sure why she was there. Made no sense at all. You can find it on youtube. Love, love NCIS and no one character is the show but EB makes no sense, Tony has become sillier. Writers are doing a horrible job….the actors shouldn’t stand for this. Checking out the episode guide, ratings are going downhill and that’s a shame.

          • BJG says:

            The only ratings that matter to TPTB are the Nielsens and they are a good or better than last year.

          • Neldajean says:

            I agree that the EB actress is awful and the writing this season makes the show seem empty. Can’t the powers that be see that the show is doing poorly>

          • BJG says:

            How do you define poorly? The episodes are getting between 18-20 million viewers with a 3 share each week. Also, it’s still the #1 scripted show.

          • John 1138 says:

            “doing poorly” ? Have you seen the ratings and viewer numbers? It’s not doing poorly, quite the opposite.

          • BJ says:

            In what universe is the show doing poorly? Ratings are stronger than ever. The Tv Line poll showed a 60+ percent approval for Bishop. Just where is the show doing so poorly outside of in the minds of some of the fans?

          • croaker says:

            It takes time for die-hard lovers of the show to accept that they are too bored every episode to keep watching. I watched all except the last Parsa episode. I watched the reruns since then. I will watch reruns in future and at some point I may even check in to see if the writing has improved. But for now, I am done because there is lots to watch that is not boring including Los Angeles which had the good sense to get replace a boring character in Season 1 with Deeks who is sometimes irritating and other times excellent. I sure hope they have the good sense to keep Kensi.

        • Vicki says:

          I agree that she is a mumbler. I haven’t been able to understand her even when I go back on the recordingings. Everyone else in the show is understandable. So it isn’t my hearing!!!!!

        • Maggie Jones says:

          Totally agree. She just doesn’t fit. I would rather see no one replace Ziva than the one playing Bishop. In a show like this, it’s either a good match or nothing at all, and she falls short. I could very well picture her on something like Two and a half men, but not a show like NCIS.

        • Leah says:

          I can’t stand to watch NCIS now. This new character to replace Ziva is horrible. I won’t watch anything but the reruns….she is so ordinary. Kate and Ziva were not ordinary. Won’t watch until she is gone.

          • John 1138 says:

            Well, you’re missing some entertaining television, but that’s certainly up to you.

          • nadine says:

            I agree that Bishop is so bad! Why do we need another wunderkid, we have Mcgee and to them she looks stupid!!! Sitting on the floor is all she does …..really . Gone is the flirting and sometimes annoying parts of Tony’s personality that are essentail to his character. Gibbs doesn’t know what to do with her ; the scenes are painful to watch! I could go on but ..bottom line, she doesn’t “fit” with the other characters and detracts from the rapport that has made this show so popular. Who picked her..very poor choice. Or is it…who’s girlfriend is she? Either way, she has to go for the good of the show!!!!

          • You can’t be serious…78% like or love her????? Not one article or person I have spoken to remotely likes that character. The word hate came up several times and a good majority of those have given up on the show after waiting for something…anything to help like her. It was not a good choice.

          • John, do you work for the show?? The only “entertaining” episodes are those without the Bishop character in the majority of comments here.

          • BJ says:

            Why just because John has a different opinion to yours do you have to assume he works for the show. Some people like Ziva, some people like Bishop. End of story.

        • Barb says:

          Thats the one thing I like most about her, she sits on the floor and spreads out her work. Its different in a nerdy cool way. No one else does it on any show, at least on cbs, and makes her stand out a bit.

        • Ellie Reuter says:

          I agree with everything you have said. She is too weak for the part. If the person who played Fiona in Burn Notice is available, she would be perfect.

          • Carol says:

            I think Fiona would have been a great choice and s were so many others—–If I wanted a teenager brought in there were better choices for that role ,as well—I think Bishop is awful but the actress is acting so I blame the writers and the casting people—Bishop has changed Gibbs as well ( and that is a terrible disappointment )—Frankly I now do not care if I miss an episode and I have never felt that way

          • Tracy Mowery says:

            YES!! Fiona would be PERFECT

          • BJ says:

            Confused how anyone thinks an IRA terrorist would be hired by an American agency, Or do you mean the actress rather than the character?

          • tejasjulia says:

            I guess in the same way a Mossad assassin was considered reasonable personnel.

        • Beverly says:

          NCIS has been my favorite drama for years. I didn’t like Kate–too arrogant with her secret service past. Loved Ziva. Absolutely do not like Bishop and absolutely do not like the direction the writers are taking Tony. His character is nothing like the cop that got Gibbs’ attention in the beginning. I am excited when a new episode airs, but am left disappointed because the depth that was always there before is not there anymore.

        • Suzanne Leland says:

          I agree, this person needs to be replaced. Her character acts like a child. Please replace her. I dont like NCIS anymore!

          • Nelda Pevehouse says:

            NCIS has been my most favorite show, cried with them, laughed with then until this season. Can’t stand the Emily person and the writers have turned the rest of the cast into “keystone cops”. Please bring back the show that used to be. Get rid of Emily!

        • Slm says:

          I so agree with you, don’t know how long I’ll be watching with her In it. I will miss the show but can’t hardly stand watching it anymore with her on screen trying to act.

      • I would like to see her just go…..she tries to hard to overshadow the team…not a good fit…don’t even care if I watch anymore….

    • Becky Welch says:

      I don’t know where you got your percentages but they can’t be right. Read some of the forums. I hate her character and most of the people I see comment even say they aren’t watching the show anymore! You need to do some more research!

      • violetturtle says:

        Yes…true…can’t stand her. Please do something before I tune out for good.

        • Maggie Jones says:

          She’s not NCIS material, and is taking away from the show.

          • mary ann says:

            I totally agree with you. For a newcomer, they are letting her lead Gibbs right into stuff he would not normally do. Many people I have talked to same the same. Hopefully, they will see this too.
            comment by Mary

          • Beverly Raymer says:

            Bishop is terrible. I will no longer watch ncis because she is on it. I didnt watch it on 2-5-14 because it started off with her.

        • honestly, I don’t like her charter either. Sometimes she looks as though she is trying ot Ziva’s expressions She has nothing of her own.

      • Regina says:

        I’m not surprised by the percentages. I really do like her character and am looking forward to see how she develops as a person and team member.

      • Kassandra says:

        the percentages are understandable. generally negative comments outnumber positive ones 10-1 because those voting, in this case, love and like, don’t feel the need to post. just because you see negative comments out there on the web (and don’t include imdb, a.k.a Troll Central), doesn’t mean that the negatives are in the majority.

    • Kathy A says:

      That .38 was GIbbs’s backup piece, not Bishop’s own.

      And Wickersham needs a lot more than one session at the firing range — she still looked very uncomfortable with a weapon in her hand in the last ep,

    • Carol says:

      Comparison is faulty. Bishop is boring and one dimensional and adds nothing to the ensemble. Her facial expressions are bland and her articulation is poor. Spencer adds a dimension to his team. He would need to be replaced if he left Bishop would not be noticed if she left. Ziva was a strong woman which represented powerful women. Bishop looks like a bored college co ed

  2. She seems like a nice person. I don’t mind the character but maybe as a secondary character she would be better, just not on this team. As a team member she seems awkward, and the others’ personalities have disappeared in order to make her fit. I don’t like the dynamic at all.

    • I agree to your comment she fit not to team, it’s not an unit.

    • Gigi says:

      Exactly! Her character is pleasant enough, but Gibbs isn’t being Gibbs, Tony isn’t being Tony and Abby isn’t being Abby. Abby gave Ziva THE hardest time when she first joined the team. She’s already latched onto Bishop. And clearly this is being done to fast track her acceptance for the audience. I binge watched the first half of the season over the holidays, and the show felt as though it had been revamped. It feels sooo different. Not a bad different, but if this is the course in which they plan on continuing, I see the series wrapping up soon. Perhaps everyone will go back to their normal selves after the break.

      • Alan says:

        abby had no problem with kate when she joined the team so just like in real life she has had different reactions to different people.

        • Gigi says:

          This is possible. However, it ignores her reaction to other “strangers” that have graced her lab. And, I don’t believe Kate was replacing anyone on the team.

          • Alan says:

            kate was replacing the original lead female character vivian blackadder from the JAG backdoor pilot episodes. also i should mention that in the episode where mcgee was introduced to the team she ended up going out on a date with him and was in no way hostile to him.

          • Kathy A says:

            @Alan, McGee wasn’t a member of the team when Abby dated him — he was TAD from the Norfolk office and helping out with a case.

        • BJG says:

          Maybe it’s because Ziva was replacing very quickly a co-worker and a friend who was recently murdered. Can you imagine Abby’s reaction if she knew that it was Ziva’s half brother who killed Kate? Anyway, Ziva is alive and well and left on her own and didn’t even find it necessary to say goodbye to Abby.

      • Dean says:

        To be fair Ziva’s half bro did kill Kate I’m sure the natural reaction for a welcome wouldn’t be ‘arms open’

      • Dj says:

        To be fair when Abby first met ZIva she was there defending and protecting the guy who just killed her friend. ZIva had to gain her trust and the rest of the teams too. This showed up even more after Gibbs found out that ZIva was sent to kill her brother to gain his trust. He even confronted her about it.

        • as524 says:

          to which she NEVER answered him…

          instead she who is gone did the wobbly lip and pulled the daddy card

        • Gigi says:

          My original comment was not about Abby. She was ONE of several characters mentioned in the comment. I was not attacking Abby. I LOVE ABBY! My point was about how differently all of the characters were acting because of this new character. Their core personalities seemed to have been pushed aside for Bishop to seem like she’s easily fitting in. I like the character, but if the show is going to be revamped in order to make her fit, they should let this be the last season. But if they are going to continue, I need Gibbs to slap her on the back of her head a couple of times, and for Tony to tell me what movie characters she is. Also, I need Bishop’s eyebrow color to match the color of the hair on her head (That’s just freaking distracting).

          • Alan says:

            gibbs doesnt just slap anyone on the back of the head, he only slaps team members and people he cares about so if he had already done that people would be complaining that he is too accepting of her too quickly.

          • Pete says:

            The core personalities of the other characters were pushed aside so that Ziva’s dramatics could fit in, so why would it be an issue with any other character?
            Personally, to me, the other characters seem more like their original selves around Bishop than they have done for several seasons.
            Seriously, if you are distracted by the woman’s eyebrows then you are not interested in the show and should change channels to something that does hold your interest.

          • Gigi says:

            It’s so sad that a person cannot make one comment or joke without being attacked for their opinion. The comment boards on this site have become toxic.

          • Susan Bass says:

            Gigi, you have hit the nail on the head. None of the “old” NCIS characters are themselves anymore and all take a back seat to Bishop. I miss them very much.

          • Gina says:

            I agree about the personalities of the characters changing. It seems that they have all slipped into different modes. I don’t know that I like the changes in all of their personas. It just seems that there is a chemistry missing between the team and they’re not the same. Is it normal for a new person to change the dynamics of a show so much as has happened with the Bishop character? It seems that the writers are trying to integrate Bishop at the expense of all of the history and interactions of the past. Yes the eyebrows are too much!

          • DanBCT says:

            imo she is a good character, but the way they introduced her, she was forced in, everyone accepted her too fast. now the fans are acting up as expected. I think she is a fun character, my objection is the team is dead now. No action at all. The guys are all too old to take someone down. they need someone young and deadly. Bishop is a boring brainiac. I like her but she should be in cyber crimes or something.

          • Lance Coy says:

            to me she has changed the show for the worst. i found her qirks amusing at first now she has became annoying and if the story line doesn’t change soon i’ll fand another show to watch and i have never missed an episode.i own most seasons. i will miss NCIS actully already do.

          • Wisconsinite says:

            I don’t remember him ever slapping Ziva on the back of the head, or McGee for that matter. So I doubt Gibbs will be giving Bishop a head slap any time soon, if ever.

          • Kathy A says:

            The other characters have become pod people — they defer to Bishop too much. Seriously — Gibbs? He rarely defers to his superiors, and we’re expected to believe he’ll defer to this wet-behind-the-ears analyst from another agency? Letting her get away with dangerous breaches of operational protocol (removing her earwig on a surveillance/rescue op?). The Gibbs we used to know would have had her booted off his team immediately — he certainly wouldn’t have given her a second chance. It’s like the audience is being told that we have to like her because they like her. Well, it’s not working. She’s being forced on us — her incorporation into the show isn’t organic.

          • BJ says:

            This was exactly the problem a lot of folks had with Ziva. She was a foreign national, not even an American citizen with the appropriate clearances to get into MTAC. And Gibbs, who values loyalty above all else, allowed Ziva, who had harbored a fugitive, and who had lied to him about her purpose to get close to Gibbs for years, just shrugged and let her back on the team. Above all else, the mere fact that she forced an ultimatum and for Gibbs to choose between her and Tony should have moved her to another team, or intel, post Somalia.

          • BJG says:

            Think about it… Gibbs goes with his gut and with Bishops analytical skills she’s basically going with her gut too. Maybe that’s why Gibbs likes her.

          • Eva says:

            I could not agree more about the eyebrow color! The mis-matched hair colors do distract and irritate and maybe more than normal because accepting Bishop is not that easy. It’s as if they’re trying way too hard to make her quirky and it just becomes awkward. I am hoping the Bishop character grows on me but so far “eh”. Ziva’s character was just much more interesting and not forced.

          • Marie Feole says:

            I totally agree with all the above comments!!! Especially her eyebrows are so distracting I can’t consentrate on what she is mumbling. Also the cutsy routine just doesn’t work!! Please send her off to a comedy show.

          • Maggie says:

            Yes, I agree about her eyebrows. I can’t pay attention to what she is saying because of those two big black caterpillars that are supposed to be her eyebrows. And I agree that too much has changed – both the characters and plots – on NCIS since the arrival of Ms. Bishop. It was OK at first. But now everyone has been pushed into the background to make room for the Ellie Bishop show.

      • Brian says:

        for first time since the show been on the air I don’t enjoy it and last show I had on dvr I didn’t finish watching it. She a very poor character in the show and ruins the show she needs to go.

        • The entire ‘old’ cast seems to walking carefully around this new girl….and I used girl on purpose.
          Everything they do is more awkward. I have watched this series like any other fanatic. Now, if I miss a show, no big deal. There is always NCIS Los Angeles. Now…THAT IS A SHOW TO STAY UP FOR. I hope the proposed New Orleans NCIS proves to be as much fun to watch.

          • Allison says:

            Really? an NCIS New Orleans? I would love to know how that would go. I haven’t seen a depiction of NOLA yet that didn’t totally overdo the accents or go off the mark all together. Someone who is native to NO would have to be very involved to make it work. I’ve never seen a place so misunderstood, it’s ridiculous. As far as Bishop goes, when have you ever seen someone so young taken so seriously, even if she is a brainiac? Too many people on NCIS know it all anyway. I mean, really, most of their abilities are way overblown. How about some humanity here? But I do love the show, it’s my favorite! I adore Gibbs. He seems very real.

      • Megan says:

        She latched on to Kate quickly too. I think they are trying to tone down Tony because too many people are upset about Tony being Tonyish. That and because when Ziva was on he was always the clown and to be Ziva;s purse.

      • Kate says:

        I agree. The dynamics that made the show interesting just aren’t there this year. I don’t think Bishop is a good fit.

      • Diana says:

        I completely agree about the Bishop character. It saddens me to see Gibbs treat her differently than he has other team members. I have never heard Gibbs say “I need time to think” and walk away. Tony looks lost at times and it feels like they are each going in different directions. The “team” is not working and Bishop doesn’t fit in the team, it seems as though she has usurped all of the other characters. The chemistry is definitely off. This is the best show on television and i personally hope they can re-vamp and take a closer look at what worked before and get back to their shared camraderie.

    • Pete says:

      I wonder what show you were watching in season 10 then, Lucy.
      The personalities of all the other characters were distorted to allow for Ziva’s stupid revenge mission that made her character a caricature of what she was supposed to be.
      As for Gibbs, a man with first-hand knowledge of how unfulfilling personal revenge is, he just rolled over and let Ziva tickle his tummy in regard to her quest for revenge with Bodnar. That is out of character. Giving Bishop the rope to hang herself with, is very much in character for him – and she has so far both proved his belief in her AND hung herself with the available rope, giving both Gibbs and the discerning viewer the indication that she is a potential asset to the team who can be shaped to Gibbs requirements.

    • Kay Saraceno says:

      I agree with you. I am not into her character at all. So far, I am disappointed with this season. I will continue to watch, but something needs to done to her character.

    • Susan Bass says:

      I concur with Lucy fully! I miss my NCIS and may have to give up watching it –too disappointing. I miss Kate and Ziva, but the show survived the loss of Kate. Bishop’s character is all too wrong–too young, too much like Abby, and too annoying in that she is not a team player, knows EVERYthing, and must now solve all the crimes because no one else is smart enough to do so anymore. Doesn’t matter that the team has succeeded for 10 years without Bishop’s help!

      Everything revolves around Bishop who does nothing to join the team. Too many bad surprises in 1.7.14 episode, too little of our fav people. Tony and Tim are relegated to be two of the three stooges, Gibbs, well, I miss him. He’s simply a shell. The men have been emasculated, and simply stand around the office–or slide around on their wheeled chairs–as they watch Bishop sprawled on the floor waiting for Bishop to solve the mystery. Palmer is no where to be seen, Ducky and Abby got about 5 minutes, Vance was impotent, and women who are strangers to us are taking over the entire office.

    • Gina says:

      I agree totally. I think that they put her in full time too soon.

      • croaker says:

        Precisely. And now she has a contract that they have to buy out if they le her go. So she will stay and the show will die. She had a 78% positive feedback after her first episode. And now it is down to 59% in just 6 episodes. If EW is indeed the one that did the food and sitting on the desk stunts then maybe the writers should stop listening to her.

    • Rhonda Roland says:

      Ooh! I heartily disagree! Very very refreshing character & so much nicer than all the heavy melodrama of Ziva! I admit I was a little worried about who they would get as a replacement but it’s been so much fun, first with the new person each week & for a minute wondering whether “the other Abby” would get the job—I like her but didn’t think it would make a good fit, then when Bishop burst on the scene I loved her immediately & continue to enjoy her even more /w each new episode! I don’t think they could have done a better job with a replacement! I for one am glad Ziva is gone—welcome Bishop welcome welcome! And all those folks who had made this Ziva/Tony love thing it was ALL in their minds, they were work partners nothing more, though I think the writers & creators of the show were playing more & more into that segment of the audience’s imagination, it would not have been good for the show or them, that faction of the audience seem to have forgotten when Ziva first got there she had a dinner party for the whole crew EXCEPT for Tony! If they had gotten together it would’ve been like Benson & Stabler getting it on! Yeah, now I can say I could watch another 10-15 more years!!! I’ve not missed an episode yet!

      • Kathy A says:

        Tony & Ziva =/= Benson and Stabler — Stabler was *married* and a devout Catholic, while both Tony and Ziva are single, and neither appears to be especially religious.

    • Erin says:

      Totally agree!!! I actually like her but I HATE her introduction, they’re veering into dangerous territory. They’ve made her too awesome and the rest of the team redundant. I watch NCIS because I love the team dynamic but the last few eps Tony, McGee and Gibbs have stood around, deferring to her and following her lead whilst she solves the cases.

      I know they want to show us why he should be an agent on this team and why the characters should like her and then ultimately have us like her, but making her that good at the expense of the characters we’ve long loved is turning me off. She is a probie who has never done this work before. Watching her grow into the role and learn her skills and knowledge is rewarding. That the stuff that earns fan endearment as per McGee. But her only flaw is apparently she has a bit of foot in mouth and does and does her own thing at times – as per the rest of the team! To have Gibbs let her run with it and come up with the solution in the last two cases whilst the others stand about as supporting players, how is that going to win us over? I realize they have to focus on her initially to flesh out her character and build the relationships but they way that they have done it is at the detriment of Gibbs, Tony, McGee etc.

      IMO this is a great mistep.

      • Kathy A says:

        I wouldn’t call her a probie — she’s not an NCIS probationary agent, but a liaison from another Federal agency. There’s no reason for anyone to call her ‘probie’ — if you recall, they didn’t refer to Ziva as a probie while she was the Mossad liaison.

    • peggy says:

      so right she does not fit as a team !!!

    • Sucheta Frankel says:

      I totally agree. She’s just ok. The joy of the team is gone,,,not sure how it can rebuild. Something will grow, but this has little juice.

    • connie says:

      Well said.

    • darcy says:

      I agree 100%. The writing has made Tony into the funny side kick. Tim is just about his personal life & Gibbs, he’s taking a back seat to the new girl because she worked as a analyst?

    • Angela says:

      I agree, give her a desk job, and get a primary team member in that fits in with the group with personality & some field experience. It feels like everyone is babysitting her.

  3. Darlene says:

    Awwwww. What a nice interview. Thank you, Matt, for introducing Emily to us. Emily seems very sweet. I like that she’s appreciative of her role on the show and understands/expects a bumpy start. I think she has done a wonderful job with her character so far. My favorite scene is when she finally understood what Gibbs was teaching her about teamwork. She admitted her mistake, let Gibbs know she understand, and showed her determination to do better.
    I’m glad the show will let us see more of Bishop’s strengths and weaknesses in the future.
    Thanks, Matt!

  4. Shane Vendrell says:

    As much as I like Bishop I agree she needs more character flaws to fit in better. Look at the rest of the gang.
    Gibbs: is a Fed whose greatest sin is committing murder, a justified murder but murder nonetheless, and the inability to have stable romantic relationships his divorces are proof of that.
    Tony: his character flaw list is a long one.
    McGee: once a timid pushover has become self confidant in both his work and personal life. He’s dating Delilah and he isn’t as timid anymore.
    Abby: the mutual quirkiness and eccentric behaviour.
    Ducky: I’d think his talking to corpses, he may find it comforting but to this day I find it disturbing
    Palmer: he’s Palmer.

    • Kathy A says:

      I wouldn’t say Gibbs is unable to have a stable romantic relationship — what we saw of his relationship with Shannon seemed to be incredibly stable, especially for the strains the military puts on marriages. I think if she hadn’t been murdered, they would still be together (of course, if you believe Ep 200, he would have been killed in the line of duty — but then again, that episode also presented several different future timelines, so who knows if that would have happened). Hid problem is that he can’t find a woman who equals Shannon in his eyes (and heart), so his relationships are doomed to failure.

  5. Barb says:

    I’m fine with Bishop as long as they tone down her photographic/eidetic memory (or utilize it better than they have) plus make her more of a team player.

    • John 1138 says:

      I expect the team player is one of the many things she’ll be gaining from her time with Tony, McGee and, of course Gibbs.

      Part of the challenge may have been adapting scripts written before the cast change to a new character. So she may have been more “standalone” than in episodes whose scripts are written with her as a given.

      • BanjoK says:

        no newbie has EVER had more to learn. this one can’t even talk to humans.

        • John 1138 says:

          Lol: Gibbs, Abby, Tony, McGee, Ducky, all strike me as rather human and she rather routinely is written conversing with all of them. Beyond that the original actor’s demeanor, maybe especially Pauley’s seems to reflect the welcome the actress herself is earning.

          Well I expect things will unfold as the episodes continue.

          • BanjoK says:

            Pauley’s demeanor? for 8 years she has been jealous of Cote. Cote is younger, FAR more talented, prettier, got far more attention. Of course Pauley attached herself to the next person and sings her praises. Pauley can control this one, she is a lightweight.

          • Pete says:

            You are allowing your fantasies to inform your opinions of the real people behind the characters, in exactly the same way that the disgusting mote fans fantasize that Weatherly has romantic feelings for his ex-colleague. Not to mention the current fantasy that the entire cast are so devastated at de Pablo’s departure, and grieving her loss, that they are almost unable to carry on with their jobs.
            The reality looks very different than all of the above.
            You have had your impression, which feeds your fantasies, my impression is that de Pablo struck it lucky in her first major gig: no having the carpet pulled out from under her as a project is cancelled with zero notice – an experience that everyone else on the cast seems to have in common, along with an appreciation that fame and success are fleeting.
            The more the ‘bring back cote’ brigade scream about unfair treatment for their darling, the more it looks like their adulation went to her head and she believed that she was now so famous and so indispensible that she could dictate the terms of her new contract – and left in a huff when she realised that wasn’t the case.
            On the other hand I don’t disbelieve the statements that de Pablo left for personal reasons that were unconnected to contract negotiations, either.

  6. She did well in a Nov. 2013 poll. You should go to NCIS Facebook. Fan reaction over there tells a VERY different story.

    • Dean says:

      By ‘fans’ you mean psychotic people who are still upset with Cote DePablo leaving use hate to justify their actions?

    • flootzavut says:

      Most of the sane fans are staying away from the FB NCIS page because it’s an embarrassment at the moment.

      Just grateful that people were more welcoming when Cote was the new girl.

      • Shane Vendrell says:

        Actually it wasn’t any different with Kate/Ziva or Jenny/Vance.

        • BanjoK says:

          If you’re suggesting there was 6 months of complaints, and campaigns, and people posting all over the FB page, then you are wrong. It was not like this at all. Not even close.

        • BJG says:

          I hardly ever go to the NCIS FB page because I’m so tired of seeing the same posts: I miss Ziva. Bring back Ziva. Bishop sucks, etc….

          • what does that tell you? it’s not just a few people. try using your fingers and toes and counting. its’ MANY people.

          • will says:

            who cares how many people miss her? You can miss a character who willingly walked away and welcome a new one to the team. I liked Ziva a lot but am okay moving on as long as the show is good. I like that Tony isn’t all sappy over someone anymore. He’s starting to get back to his normal quirky self. But I guess according to you if you disagree with anyone who likes Ziva then you’re a Ziva hater. Just look at all of your comments that support that.

          • will says:

            Last comment was for “Lucy….”

          • Gee says:

            What it tells me, Lucy, is that the Bishop haters have organized themselves on facebook and regularly trot out talking points and spam. Though sometimes they disguise their Bishop hating ways with the talking point that they like Bishop, and both Bishop and Ziva can be on the show, with Bishop in a lesser role, of course.

          • “Lucy” likes Bishop. “Lucy” likes Bishop on the show but thinks Bishop is a bad fit on the team. what are “talking points”? is this the new thing?

          • lizzy90 says:

            To LucyVanPelt (@LucyAppa).
            You said: “Lucy” likes Bishop. “Lucy” likes Bishop on the show but thinks Bishop is a bad fit on the team.

            So why did you say the opposite on another site? Just curious :)

  7. David4 says:

    The biggest shack up in 11 seasons of NCIS is they hired a blond for a replacement.

  8. The Rookie says:

    I like here character, she is not a ninja… she is jut trying to fit in without this aura of perfection that Ziva had. Reminds me more of Kate than Ziva. I actually like a lot the fact that she is married and we won’t get another TIVA storyline. GG should have also given her children; that could have made her relate more to Gibs and Vance.

  9. TullaT says:

    She’s had three episodes, that’s more than enough. She doesn’t fit this team. No chemistry with the other characters. Maybe they should move her to NCIS LA while Daniela Ruah is on maternity leave.

    • Dean says:

      Like you can do any better?

    • NoChance says:

      The two shows are entirely separate yet. Shane Brennan runs “LA”. Gary Glasberg runs “NCIS”. No chance of Emily/Ellie being transferred.
      For the record I think she fits great. She’s made friends with Tony & McGee & Abby. They all like her and Gibbs sees her potential so I’ll trust his gut.
      Neither actress or character are going anywhere.

    • Bonnie says:

      Wow, OMG! Three WHOLE episodes and “that’s more than enough”. Please, pray tell, how far up the executive decision making ladder do you fall to make such claims? What a totally arrogant and moronic statement to make. I think she fits in very well, and for the record, fitting in anywhere takes more time for adjustment than THREE episodes….smh

      • BanjoK says:

        Three episodes is more than enough to decide if I like a character, and I don’t. sorry. She was the focal point of every scene. The time and screen space she got far exceeded any interest I had.

        • Andrew says:

          OK, then after three episodes, you have made up your mind that you don’t like her character, so, here’s a wild and crazy thought, stop whining and stop watching. Agents of SHIELD, needs some viewers, hit the remote…………

          • BanjoK says:

            I love the SHOW and the CAST. some people who also loved the show and the cast watched for 8 years while they hated Ziva, THat’s fine, I get that. as they said here. everyone is entitled to be a fan for whatever reason. I liked ziva and respect her decision to leave. that’s not related. Bishop is a bad choice who doesn’t fit with the team. it’s BORING. I can’t even get through an episode. I don’t care if she sits on a desk, that’s fine. what bugs me is the TEAM is dead. evyeron is in their own world, Gibbs and Tony both got their balls cut off. I want my sharp, fun, show back. this is a corpse.

          • Dorothy says:

            Well, BanjoK. Judging by what you have to say, all it means is that you now have something in common with the Ziva haters. Maybe ya’ll can kiss and make up now?

    • Michelle says:

      your right just get rid of her some way

  10. BJG says:

    Love the Bishop character. Can’t wait to meet her family but PLEASE don’t have them be part of the investigation – that’s getting old. Don’t know why people think she’s perfect, she’s made mistakes and Gibbs has called her out on them. She’s a breathe of fresh air, NCIS was getting stale with the forcing of a certain ship.

    • Darlene says:

      Yes, she has made mistakes. Gibbs has let her know about them (while letting her work through some of them). Most important, she’s owned up to her mistakes.
      And as much as there is talk about Gibbs letting her run all over him, that really hasn’t happened. And Gibbs has shown that he can be tolerant – to some extent. He let two of his team conduct their own investigation (without his knowledge or consent) and waited days for one of them to come clean about it! He waited just 30 seconds before barking to Bishop to spit out what she was not quite ready to tell him about case.
      Having Bishop on the team gives us a chance to see a probie situation again on NCIS. I like that. It makes everything seem new again.

    • John 1138 says:

      And Tony and McGee have exchanged looks about her gaffes as well: that storyline has a lot of room left to run I suspect.

    • Jane Doe says:

      I totally agree. Bishop is a breath of fresh air. She really brings a nice, new dynamic to the team. I think that things will smooth out once she has a few more episodes under her belt.

      • BanjoK says:

        ” breath of fresh air” = #3 CBS official PR talking points

        • Robbin says:

          Goodness! “breath of fresh air” is not a talking point. It is an idiom (a combination of words that has figurative meaning due to its common usage). This particular idiom is used as short-cut language, according to the Cambridge Idioms Dictionary to describe “someone or something that is new and different and makes everything more exciting.” Because it is a common expression, many people use it.
          Your attempt to dismiss someone’s POV by trying to paint them as a shill for CBS is not cool and doesn’t work, so I have another idiom for you – go ‘back to the drawing board’ and try something else.

          • Nate Broadus says:

            This is the same guy that claimed in a post above that Pauley was jealous of Cote — as if he could see into her head.

            I don’t think logic is to be found in his/her commentary.

        • Pete says:

          It’s quite entertaining that the group that call on twitter and tumblr for people to ‘do FB duty’ and reply to every random fan that says they miss Ziva then turn around and claim that the unorganised folks on FB who actually like Bishop are all PR plants by CBS. When you don’t have facts to back up your argument the only recourse is to try to discredit those arguing against you.
          The number of different people posting on FB asking for the campaign to stop is getting bigger every day – these are the people that have their own minds, not the sheep who believe your assertions about CBS despite there being no proof for the allegations – only circumstantial evidence that can be read either way.

    • THIS!

      Perhaps it’s the fact that I’m “weird/quirky”, and hence like Bishop, because she’s also like that.
      But I love the new character. I like it how she’s smart like Abby and McGee. Is not a ready field-agent just like McGee wasn’t when he first joined.

      I like that the show was [kinda forced to after summer events] re-vamped. I personally thought the last 2 seasons or so were so “out of character”; and “not good”, that I’d welcomed any change.

      I’m not a Ziva hater, almost none of the people who like the new season and/or new character and/or think the show prior to Ziva’s departure was not at it’s best (strange storylines with characters making strange decisions and acting strange way… are. Unlike Cote/Ziva “fans” think. The people who run the over-done campaigns and claim everything not 110% praising all Ziva and disliking anything else is Ziva-hate need to re-think some things. Liking [or disliking] the new character has nothing to do with how much people liked/didn’t like Ziva. Two different characters. [PS. It’s not about all people who say they miss Ziva and participate in the ‘bring-her-back’ campaign, I’m talking about the aggressive part of the fandom. Need to clarify this, because seems people don’t understand that when something like this is being said, it’s only about the people who really do it wrong. But I guess the campaigners live by the motto “even bad publicity is better than no publicity.” Thinking that the fact they’re constantly on the “news” is good thing. When in reality I compare the campaign and campaigners with the really bad reality shows or “starlets” who create false scandals just to be in the news and promote themselves and their work. It’s been done a lot in today’s media-run world, but it doesn’t make it right or cool. I look at the everything-not-ziva-is-bad campaigns like I look at really bad gossip stories – I’m sad any human being would fall so low to “sell their soul” or do something to be in the “stage lights” [to get their 15 minutes] thinking that being talked about or in the center of attention is the best thing ever – no matter what the methods used to get there. [I also get that writing gossip stories, and creating the really bad reality shows etc gives someone teh ability to feed their families, but I really wish I’d live in a world where there would be no interest or need to and for such ‘work’.

      I like how they’ve written Bishop so far. During the first 3 “test” episodes we’ve seen. We’ve gotten to know just enough, yet little enough to ‘meet’ the new character, yet leaving many of her personality traits and details of her life and back story hidden.

      She’s made mistakes. She’s human, like all the characters. No idea how people get “perfect’ from the way the character’s portrayed/written. But that’s just because we, viewers, are all different, and see/understand things differently. But I’m still surprised at how viewers get that from her character so far. Yes, she’s super smart, and does things on her own “weird” way, and has many qualities that make her really good at doing her [analyst] job. But we all have our strengths. But we all also have our weaknesses. Ellie’s could be considered – no real field work [she’s a “probie”, and not being much of a team-player in the US terms. – I personally am not a team-worker either, and I’ve always found it weird to follow the US born idea of team-work in work-places/schools etc and praise of it, when in reality it suits the extroverts, but not the introverts, who even in jobs that shouldn’t require super human-skills are expected to have them. There are many different people with many different work styles. None is better than the other. Like Gibbs once said “Tony’s method of work [seducing women] is weird, but it gets results, so…it’s all good”. Same should be with Ellie’s method of working. I also believe that just like with McGee they did it in S2, they’ll do it with Bishop, too – make her grow to be a part of the team. ]

      But then again, “different” [introverted, intelligent, quirky, ‘weird’ people, who do things a bit differently than the rest of us [the majority, or in the NCIS universe case characters who are different than the rest of the characters] are often perceived as ‘strange’. It’s a concept I find hard to understand, but I’ve experienced it in real life – people, who are and do things differently than the “current team” [be it a class in school with a new student, a team in an office with a new colleague…] are not very welcomed, and/or liked for some reason. When in reality new ideas and ways and different behaviour should be welcomed in all places and groups.

      I love Bishops smart character, her sitting on tables, weird associations with food, and young, but calm and intelligent self.

      It’s ok to like or not like the new character. It’s even ok to say that a character leaving will make a show different than it was. It’s true. Just like every group of people changes when it’s members change [someone leaves, someone joins], so do TV shows – both in the fictional story world, and in the real production world.

      Welcome aboard. Bishop. Don’t mind the ninja fans, who are trying to blow holes in the ship [yes, this is a Jack Sparrow, POTC ‘stop blowing holes in my ship’ reference] because “if they can’t have what they want, no one else should get it/what others want either.

      People who know my feelings on the NCIS show since last season, know that I don’t love the storytelling ways either, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t millions who do. I find it hard to understand how viewers who are okay with Gibbs, and the teams behavior for 10 seasons, especially in last few seasons, are suddenly not ok with the new character and her behaviour. Shane Vendrell described Gibbs character well in their comment. ;) Or perhaps the new character doesn’t fit in. because she’s not a ‘criminal’, like the rest have turned out to be. Don’t worry, they have time to change the new character into one, who takes the law they’re defending into her own hands, and breaking the line, instead of bending it. [yes, that was a reference to a Gibbs rule] *wink*

      PS. sorry, went out of topic for a little while. but honestly – the people who have seen/heard and followed what’s been going on in the NCIS fandom world since June, know that it’s been horrible for everyone – from Cote, to current cast, and newcomers, and everyone else involved – from journalists to cast/crew family members, and other fans.

      • Debbie says:

        This was way too long to read so I skipped through it. Bottom line, the Bishop character doesn’t fit with the NCIS team.

  11. Me2 says:

    Great interview. I’m really excited about getting to know more about Ellie Bishop, flaws and all.
    Season 11 has been so good and Emily has been a big part of what’s made it so great.

  12. BanjoK says:

    The CBS PR department is in overdrive, apparently. On other websites tons of fans are not liking the character, She is annoying and everyone else just stands around and admires her. No need for the rest of the team, she does it all. I get it that Ziva is not coming back, but they should have tried out more people. Bad choice.

    • Jaramukhti says:

      Why is it almost every instance of detracting on this page comes with your name attached to it? That doesn’t come across as universal dislike: it comes across as repetition.

      No character is universally loved or hated. For instance, I never loved Ziva. I tolerated her because I love the show. She was becoming detrimental to the other characters, in my opinion, in order to service a faux-relationship that wasn’t even a relationship (even Michael Weatherly said a relationship between Tony and Ziva would have been a disaster).

      Not everyone loved Ziva. In fact, I imagine there are quite a few people who are relieved she is gone. If the ratings are any indication, the success of NCIS had less to do with Ziva David than with the cast as a whole.

      So it’s cool if you dislike Bishop; however, I wouldn’t expect that to amount to anything. The cast like her, and enough fans like her to convince CBS to give her time to settle into a groove. In the end, that’s all that matters.

    • Brian Masters says:

      I usually have more patience with stupid people, but you are bat cr@p stupid. The only one in “overdrive” is you. You are like a leaky faucet, one long boring drip after another. I’d suggest growing up but why waste my breath. You are one seriously, sad banana…….:-(

  13. Mari says:

    I think most people don’t like the character because of her coming after Cote leaving.
    And I think it would have been the same with whoever tooke Cote’s place.
    I personally don’t mind the character, it has potential, but I think the writers are still trying to find their footing with her.

    When they do, I’m sure we’ll grow really fond of her.

    • Braddock says:

      True this is the same thing with SVU when Stabler left and their was conflict about Nick or Amanda.

    • Darlene says:

      I agree with you, Mari, that a small but significant number of people (22% according to TVline’s poll) don’t like Bishop for the reason you gave. I think that’s natural. You’re absolutely right that the writers are “finding their footing” with the character. They’ll get it right.

  14. Mel says:

    It has to be very difficult to be the new person on a popular TV show in it’s 11th season. Add to that the fact that some in the fandom were waiting with daggers drawn, ready to hate this character sight unseen simply because she was filling the spot left when their favorite left, and it’s easy to understand her nervousness. I think Bishop is a very likeable character, and unlike some I do see a nice chemistry with her and the rest of the team. But she’s still new, and they’re still tweaking and developing the character. I do hope they tone down the uber skills a bit, but otherwise I find it refreshing to have a female character who’s competent and confident without feeling the need to emasculate every male on the team. As long as they remember that every character on the team has their own unique skillsets, I think she’ll fit in just fine. Thanks for the interview and introduction to Emily and Bishop, Matt.

    • Every male on the team has been emasculated for her. Tony and Gibbs are unrecognizable. I want the real characters back.

      • NoChance says:

        Excuse me? Emasculation is exactly what Bishop’s predecessor did to both DiNozzo and McGee for years. I seem to remember her saying that she didn’t think DiNozzo had gone through puberty yet – that’s pretty danged emasculating to me and I’m sure it’s something that any 40-something man would find… off-putting.
        Bishop is real. She makes mistakes and is called on them. She’s finding her footing and isn’t perfect at anything. She speaks out of turn without thinking and is given the Gibbs Glare. Heck, she even acknowledges her mistakes which is wonderful.

        • I like bishop. I am her in real life. Never met anyone who sits on desks but whatever. that said, ALL of the other agents have had their balls snipped off. I don’t get it. Bishop doesn’t HAVE to emasculate the others like Ziva and Kate did. Kate by the way was FAR nastier to Tony than Ziva EVER was.

          • BJG says:

            Really? And when did Kate ever knock down an injured Tony and jab him with a gun? When did she demand that he be transferred to another team? When did she ever call him “dead weight”? When did she ever ask “what would a woman see if you”? When did she ever say that “I wouldn’t tell you, I’d tell Gibbs”?

          • kate didn’t do that, but she belittled him at every opportunity. how do you feel about Gibbs constantly insulting Tony for 11 years and hitting him? the fans LOVE it and beg for more. Ziva touched him once. Gibbs slapped him dozens of times, and MW said yes it hurts.

          • Lillian says:

            Kate also followed Tony’s lead, because he was Senior Field Agent. She would compliment him to people without adding a caveat or sounding reluctant. They had a less vicious snarkiness between them. Ziva used to tease him in earlier episodes and not sound like she meant it. For some reason, that changed.

          • Robert L. says:

            They did, by Ziva. Bishop is okay, I’m not like her in real life, though.

          • lizzy90 says:

            Lucy, MW never said that MH’s head slaps hurt him.
            Actually, he said that, when Gibbs head slaps Tony, Mark never touches his head. It’s a fake head slap.
            Michael said that people who head slap him hurt him and likely this is the reason why the head slaps have almost disappeared from the show.
            Mark and Michael decided to stop them because stupid people do not understand what is fiction and what is real.

          • as524 says:

            which is why on twitter all you’ve done is talk about how much you hate the character more every time you see her…..

        • Robert L. says:

          If that was me in a work environment and anyone, a woman or not, made a comment like that to me, all bets would be off. Tony, and Gibbs, and Vance were all warped to make Ziva’s bitchiness work. Some of us don’t like snark and nasty behavior on the team.

    • Tina says:

      Perfect comment on how I feel Mel :) Good luck to Emily. Don’t envy her on the hateful comments thrown at her and her character. Glad to see the NCIS cast and crew can be professional and know how to move on and be positive, especially Michael Weatherly and Mark Harmon. Tough to replace a long term popular character but needed to be done as the actress moved on and I like that they went different. Thanks Matt for the interview.

      • In which world you live, or are this only pre-bene comments? You discribe sure not the situation of NCIS, there fit in moment nothing, all years before destroyed in three EP’s.

        • Tina says:

          Well first, when you reply about the NCIS universe I watch you might try learning how to use English. Second if I can interpret what you are trying to ask/say….actually I can’t sorry. Try again. By the way your princess is gone and seems to be having some well earned fun…life goes on and so does a TV show with a large cast and crew. Not perfect but I still love it warts and all. Enjoy your negative universe if that was what you were trying to say.

  15. Did you read comments on NCIS fb? Social media don´t lie.Your article won´t help. I can smell big PR stuff.

    • BanjoK says:

      I think it’s obvious why this did this interview in the first place … lots of complaints.

      • Alan says:

        yeah lots of complaints from the same tiny group of people, because its always a tiny group of people who complain like that on social media.

      • Pete says:

        It’s obvious why this interview was done: the real fans of NCIS love the cast and interviews with them and are interested in the person playing this new character.

    • Lets take the last post over on the NCIS FB as our most recent example of this huge protest. There are over 65 thousand likes on that “Reign in the new year with new mysteries, big surprises and things that go boom” post and far less than 2 thousand comments on it. Even if one just counted every single one of the comments as a comment about how the show sucks or demanding Ziva back, that is pretty insignificant compared to how many liked the post. There are over 18 million people on the NCIS FB page and a few hundred of the same people protesting in the comments. You’re right.. Social media don’t lie: most people just want to move on and watch a good television show.

      • Gee says:

        You can’t use numbers or rational comments when trying to reason with a Bishop hater. Those numbers may make sense to you, but if they dispute the opinion of Bishop haters, their buddies, and the campaign organized to counter any threat to Ziva’s return, then your numbers lie and you must be a CBS employee in disguise.

        • Jaramukhti says:

          Their petition to get Cote de Pablo back is is still at 17k signatures after 6 months, despite heavy spamming. That’s just sad. I wouldn’t be surprised if a petition to get a Mexican soft drink distributed in the US has more signatures.

          It is absolutely a small segment of people. They may be vocal, but it’s a small group screaming over and over trying to convince people their numbers are higher than they really are.

    • Robert L. says:

      Anyone worth their weight knows that Facebook caters to the high school and college crowd, and all social media managers weigh that with the actual earning power of head of households.

      • the kids left facebook ages ago. It’s an older crowd. On the NCIS page MOST of the posters are well beyond high school and college. You would know that if you looked. MOST of the people who are complaining about Bishop are over 30, normal fans.

        • Robert L. says:

          LucyVanPelt, I’m well aware of the average audience on Facebook, both for my company’s presence and other pages. Mostly international, skews younger rather than older, middle, upper middle class. I’ve been following PR trends all my professional career.

    • Pete says:

      Actually social media gives a very distorted picture of reality. When people are happy they are slow to compliment, when they are unhappy they are quick to complain. Social media makes complaining so quick and easy that now people routinely moan online where previously they would only have moaned to their spouse about the daft things that upset them in life.
      Add in the mob behavior on social media: you know that what you are thinking or doing is wrong, but there are others out there on social media who bolster your view and encourage you to ignore your conscience and we get to where we are now where people think that it is quite acceptable to write disgusting stories that put Weatherly & de Pablo together and have them conspiring to kill the real life families that are inconveniently in the way of these fantasies – and on top of that these people think it is acceptable to published these stories and then notify the object of their fantasies about it! And then there are the others who believe it quite acceptable to publicly tell actors, that they supposedly like, that their show is nothing without one of their number or that they are a piece of crap for not supporting a colleague in the way the fan believes they should behave, because the fan has no idea of the reality of the situation.
      And then there is the wonderful facebook, the company that has brought the worst of schoolyard bullying into the online world, laughably in the name of anti-bulling.

      • Robert L. says:

        Pete, that is the way PR goes. Look at any of the opinion websites, or even Amazon, and you’ll see negativity abounds. Smart media managers know to filter and eye trends, rather than to focus on any one individual, or group, no matter how organized.

        • Pete says:

          Robert, can’t say I have really looked at a lot of opinion websites prior to all this. I do know that PR is a battle between the smart PR folks, and the smart consumers who have, or at least think they have, the measure of the PR world.
          I would have thought that the people taking note of social media might see through the small but vocal minorities, but that view was shaken a bit by the apparent ease with which a limited minority seemed to be influencing the direction of the show, so I don’t really know.
          On the other hand much online marketing gets lost on me because so many adverts get my attention just as they vanish – it makes me laugh no end of times.

          • I think one of the problems there, Pete, was one of internal politics at CBS (or somewhere above the day to day production folks, at least). Many a company has pulled boneheaded stunts because of internal politics.

          • Pete says:

            Oh, I’ve seen far too much internal politics – and empire building – sadly it is the hardworking folks who gain nothing from it and lose everything – often their jobs.

          • Empire building can bring an organization to its knees. Much better when people focus on the reason the organization exists – which is to produce a product (hopefully a quality one) or provide a service (again one of quality). Check the egos at the door and get the job done.

  16. Sandra says:

    I do not like Bishop’s abrasiveness and “know it all” attitude. Gibbs is the boss, and she needs to respect him in that position.

    • prish says:

      The husband says about your post, “Hey, I like that one. That’s a good one.” The sitting on the desk has always turned him off. I like the actress. I’m reserving comment on the character, until I see further development. Please, don’t let her husband be plotting fodder.

  17. Lena says:

    Last time I checked people were agreeing on that Bishop doesn’t fit at all into the team… hmm why do I believe something is wrong here

    • He mentions “viewer reaction to date”. Based on what exactly? ratings? sure they have been as solid as always but doesn’t mean all those viewers are liking what they are watching lately.

      • Lillian says:

        With all the choices out, and the lack of patience people seem to have, no one sits and watches something they don’t like. That’s just crazy.

        • “no one sits and watches something they don’t like” really Lillian? you’re wrong about this…just ask those fans who hate certain Israeli character and still continued to watch the show season after season….

          • Lillian says:

            Difference is, they loved the other characters. The army seems to only love Ziva, which is why they left the show. Normal people who hate the whole show leave. People who don’t like one aspect / character, don’t necessarily, as they don’t make up the whole show – despite the army’s belief.

          • BJG says:

            I continued to watch the show because I love the show. I did NOT like Ziva but again, loved the other characters and just tolerated Ziva. Also in many interviews by the showrunner (Shane Brenna) we were promised that the show was going back to its roots so I, and many others, continued to watch but instead forced a certain ship that made the show very stale (IMO & many others). Gary Glasburg also made those promises and since the departure of Ziva has kept many of them.

          • this is what you consider going back to its roots? In seasons 1-2, Abby was wickedly sharp and edgy. Gibbs was gruff. Tony was an ass. NONE of them have gone back to their roots. they have all turned into vanilla pudding.

          • BJG says:

            That’s because Ziva made them that way. When she came onboard Gibbs became a soft daddy figure and loyalty became NOTHING to him. Tony needed Ziva to protect him because all of a sudden he couldn’t fight or take down a bad guy. GG is slowing bringing back our Gunny Gibbs and Tony is not acting like an ass.

          • really, she made them that way. so what exactly are you enjoying now? a bunch of ruined characters that bear no resemblance at all to their season 1-2 characters?

          • Jaramukhti says:

            Even if I disliked Bishop, I would watch because of Gibbs, Dinozzo, Abby, McGee, Ducky, Jimmy and Vance.
            I do actually like Bishop, though. That only makes more satisfying to tune in.

      • Kathy A says:

        Good point. The people who hate Ziva continued to watch for what, 8 years? Why expect the people who dislike the Bishop character to suddenly tune out? I’m not thrilled with her (and honestly, it took me two seasons to even start to like Ziva), but I’m not going to let that drive me away from a show I’ve watched since it was a backdoor pilot on JAG (another show I stayed with from its beginning on NBC through abominable plot and cast decisions, right up to the rushed final episode. DPB destroyed that show because he suddenly took a dislike to David James Elliott — he knew CBS wouldn’t renew the show for an 11th season without him, but nevertheless still played hardball in contract negotiations. And lo and behold, it was canceled).

  18. Lillian says:

    OMG, “abrasive” “know-it-all attitude” “emasculates the men” – All complaints about Ziva, throughout her tenure. To the word. “Everyone stands around and admires her” “No need for the team, she does it all”- complaints verbatim by a group of fans. There must be a talking points script that people go by. I find this hysterical.

    • You mean like the CBS talking points that are all over both the softball questions and answers in this “interview.”

      • Lillian says:

        Are you saying the Matt was bought off by CBS? Asking her about complaints that she’s too perfect isn’t softball to me, it’s a valid question and those are complaints you guys are making. Thanks for admitting you have talking points, I’ve actually seen “suggestions” from your leaders.

        • Matt, I’m sorry about my comment. I’ve been subjected to countless personal attacks and verbal beatdowns from anti-Cote people and it just got to me because I’ve invested so much time and loyalty to this show.

          • Lillian says:

            You haven’t been attacked by me, especially not personally. So you chose my comment to insult Matt? I know why you’re apologizing, but why pick on him in the first place?

          • as524 says:

            There’ve been NO attacks or ‘verbal beatdowns’ on you, so not sure where that whine is coming from. OTOH, you’ve been dishing out a ton of crap about the show in general and basically only playing nice here.

            As far as loyalty goes – the only loyalty is to cdp/ziva/tiva, not to ‘this show’. That’s very apparent.

          • God, she apologized, you should try that sometime. And also, if you’re going to insist that you have NEVER attacked her, don’t tell her in the same sentenced that she whined.

          • Pete says:

            I fail to understand why the NCIS fans who believe de Pablo’s assertion the she chose to leave the show for “personal reasons” are “anti-Cote people”.
            Yet those who call themselves her fans believe that she lied when she made that statement.
            Nor do I understand why so many supposed fans make it all about the time and loyalty that THEY have invested in the show – surely you’ve had enjoyment out of it in that time, what other return do you expect to get from this investment? A medal?

          • Robert L. says:

            Pete, from what I understand from friends at the network, they underestimated the vitriol that accompanied this announcement. They’re quite well aware it is a small group, but their methods and the way they’re clinging onto delusions, not to mention the very underhanded tactics they took, may have CBS evaluating how they handle other situations with actresses leaving.

          • Pete says:

            Robert, I too have been amazed at both the vitriol of this campaign and the way they have been congratulating themselves. They have compared themselves to other campaigns to reinstate past cancelled shows, where the entire fanbase would have had a common goal – viewers either wanted the show back or they didn’t care.
            From the start this campaign hasn’t just been NCIS fans against the network, because not all NCIS fans were sorry to see her depart.
            As for the rest of it, it all depends on where the truth lies: in the statements that she chose to leave for personal reasons or in the conspiracy theory that she was ‘driven out’ by the network.
            Although I find it interesting that your comment refers specifically to handling future situations of ‘actresses’ leaving.

    • Robbin says:

      Oh, but there’s a big difference, Lillian. When that group of fans was saying all those things, they were labeled as haters. Now that this group of fans is saying all those things verbatim, they are concerned, and insightful, and every good thing you can name. You’ll get no empathy or apologies from this group now that they are the ones who want a character gone from the show. This is not a pot-meet-kettle moment for them.

  19. Elsa says:

    as a actress She can be really lovely and fun. But as character Eliie Bishop is really a poor character. I can’t see she joining to Gibbs team, She is like “I know everything”,and I really don’t like her as the replacement. I watch the show whi my family,and even them, who are just regular viewers (very different of me bc I’m fan), they feel that Bishop it is a piece that does not fit into the puzzle. And as some people said here, most of the people manifest their opinions on the social networks, not here.
    And a last thing, chemistry is a big thing on the show, and now you can feel the big hole with Cote’s departure, even if we already have a new character. Is not the same.

    • John 1138 says:

      I, for one, welcome it not being “the same” as “the same” was sliding into stale and ever less about the team as a whole.

      Given this wasn’t a long planned for cast change I expect some of the spottiness in the scripts will disappear as we get further into wholly fresh scripts where they’ve always known for whom they were writing, unlike the start of the year….

  20. Sylvia Wissmann says:

    As far as your poll is concerned why should all fans who like Ziva dislike Bishop?

    I’d like writers to change Bishop to a confident normal female agent, but I don’t like Gibbs being the overprotective boss and treat Tony like an idiot and Bishop is the new super agent!

    I am one of the “psycho” fans who want CBS to renegotiate with Cote de Pablo and have her on the show WITH Emily Wickersham because Ms de Pablo was fantastic in her 8 years with the show and her chemistry with Michael Weatherly was incredible!

    It is 2014 there can be two female agents on team Gibbs!

    • NoChance says:

      There are 4 desks with no room for a 5th – other than that tiny one next to McGee which would make filming bullpen scenes very awkward – so there’s no room for both Ellie and Ziva unless they fire (since everyone is under contract) someone. Who goes? Gibbs? Tony? Tim?

      And for the record, there is no evidence at all that Cote wants to come back. Before you all continue trying to get her back shouldn’t you know for certain that she wants to?

  21. Maryann says:

    I love Bishop just the way she is, and I love her dynamic with the team. I am really looking forward to the episodes to come, and to her backstory. I love how good her memory is, her very high intelligence, her enthusiasm, and all the other little quirks that make her very individual. Don’t change a thing about her!

  22. CBWBDK1 says:

    I like her, but a think they are trying too hard to make her reaaly likeable.

  23. Debbie says:

    In my social science class, we studied the False Consensus Effect. I see it at work here. That is all.

    • BJG says:

      & I’m sure you’ve said the same thing with articles pertaining to CdP.

      • Debbie says:

        It’s not the article I’m talking about. On here, it’s the refusal of people to accept the strong liking for Bishop in a tvline poll or the continued high ratings for NCIS or even the opinion of those here who like Bishop because that’s not what all their friends, family, and social hangout places seemingly say or believe. FCE – the tendency of people to overestimate the level to which other people share their beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors.

        • Yes, the False Consensus Effect is an excellent explanation for the Bring Back Cote Campaigning. It is amazing how people can willfully ignore facts to instead believe a preferred personal opinion shared within a small group. Thanks for bringing that up.

        • flootzavut says:

          I keep saying to people, do the maths. Ratings in the US alone in the millions and tens of millions. International petition to get her back? 17K signatories. I liked Ziva and was sorry to see Cote leave, but certain sections of the forum are behaving in a way that is plain old delusional. I have lost count of the number of times I’ve seen people make the jump from “no one I know watches any more” to “the ratings must be fake” – as if one person’s family and friends are a better metric for judging the watching habits of an entire country.

          F’real, folks, DO THE MATHS. 17K signatures, “my friends and family don’t watch any more” – these do not magically negate the fact that most of the people who watch NCIS are not mourning in sackcloth and ashes… In fact, the show is doing really well in the ratings.

        • The hilarious thing here is that two Ziva haters accidentally attacked each other.

        • BJG says:

          Thanks for the explanation. Couldn’t agree more.

  24. Svenja says:

    Lovely interview. Emily seems so nice. I think the one thing they did right this season was casting her and writing her character. It’s just an opinion of course but I felt like the episodes and writing for the characters was rather (including the first two episodes) weak and when she joined it got so much better (not better than with Ziva obviously, but very good in a different way). I am very excited to see more of her and get to know more about her. I feel like Ellie is just so different from all of them. She comes from a place with a full family and has a husband. It’s interesting to see that for once. She seems genuinely happy and Emily has a positivity that really makes Ellie’s attitude great, positive and believable.

  25. Tonyfan31970 says:

    I’d like to say I have a real opinion about bishop, but I’m just not interested in her. She is kind of like milk toast, kind of blah. What I’m interested in is the situation of the other characters. Everything seems kind of flat to me. Why is Gibbs acting weird? Is he on a mission to change too? Because he seems like a pod Gibbs to me. I hope he goes back to normal soon. And the other really weird one is tony! If they really want to shake things up, why don’t they move Gibbs to New Orleans and make tony the mcrt lead in dc? Hasn’t he earned it by now? He has more than proven himself for years now. Bishop might fit in better as just an analyst working for ncis but not part of the team. Add someone to Tonys team who is a real agent. Now that would be interesting to see!

    • BanjoK says:

      Tony should get his own team. He has proven himself capable years ago. It looks pathetic at this point that Gibbs is still bossing him around. He’s what, in his mid 40s?

    • Kathy A says:

      Actually, it would be more logical to leave Gibbs in DC and move Tony to NOLA (not that it would ever happen). GIbbs is the senior agent — why should he be the one to move?

  26. dm says:

    If I remember correctly Ziva wasn’t well liked she she first joined NCIS after Kate died. Give the Bishop character a chance. You did it for Ziva.

  27. serena says:

    She is so so much annoying! I don’t like her!

  28. annie brighton says:

    I don’t like this character. She sucks! NCIS was so much better before !

  29. leslie says:

    I desagree with this article ! I don’t like this character. She has no interest and she destroyed all NCIS character !!!!!!!!!

    • Braddock says:

      Like you can do any better?

      • CBWBDK1 says:

        Like you can do any better? Are you going to repeat this over and over? Are you a moron?

        • Shane Vendrell says:

          Well can you or anyone else claiming the character isn’t working out do any better?

          • pffff says:

            then go and fix it yourself. You can’t say to every people who have an opinion about disliking Bishop “Like you can do any better?”….I don’t know if that is the only thing this person can speak.

    • leia says:

      you are aware that this is an interview in response to the reaction of fans, or people who read the previous article and poll and responded. It was a net positive poll response . Sorry if you’re disappointed. As for Facebook there are many NCIS fan sites, not all have vemon and vitriol for Ellie. Nor do they have hate for Ziva. ITs the fringe of both groups that make this topic unpleasant for the rest of us fans. I like Ellie, I liked Ziva too, I’m a grown up and recognize that people need to live their own lives. Cote chose her path and GG selected Emily to take up the new path for the show. If you’ve seen the movie Pleasantville, you know that the statist view of NCIS, cannot exist. Things change, people change, they grow older, and lessons are learned along the way. That is certainly true for Team Gibbs, if they’ve learned nothing from their past in the show these characters would be one dimensional and boring. Part of the appeal for me is that they have changed, that’s what happens in real life.

      • flootzavut says:

        Leis, every time I see a comment from you on tvline, it’s positive and generous. You rock.

        The fringe of extremists on either side, not so much. Thank goodness it seems like the average watcher is willing to give Ellie a chance.

      • Mel says:

        Well said, leia.

      • Robert L. says:

        What a great post. I don’t think most NCIS watchers or fans fall heavily onto either side. The constant warring by certain select few is exhausting.

    • BJG says:

      Bishop is destroying all the characters – How?? You want to talk about character destruction let’s talk about what Ziva did… Gibbs: A man who lists Loyalty above anything else allows Ziva to stay on the team when she and her father PLAYED/LIED to him for 4 seasons. Tony: Used to be a street-wise cop and as able to take care of himself became the butt of all jokes and had to be saved by Ziva how many times? McGee: Used to respect Tony until Ziva came onboard and then the snarkiness from not only McGee but Ziva too.

  30. Mackenzie says:

    Maybe she is nice but the show sucks with her!

  31. I Don’t care Bishop. It is a poor character that adds nothing to the team.

  32. Nice interview! Bishop’s such a good character and her chemistry with the rest of the characters is so refreshing after the missteps of the past few years. Loving the new dynamic we’re seeing. Thank you, Ms. Wickersham. You’re doing a great job!

  33. I think Bishop is working out just great. I very much enjoy watching her carve out her place among the team. She has great chemistry with the others and seems willing to learn. Season 11 has been very enjoyable and I look forward to future episodes.

    • There is no chemistry, she belong not to the team, she performe like an outsider. It’s poor for the actress but this character annoye.

    • John 1138 says:

      Agreed, while is still watched the show it has slipped behind NCIS:L. A. on my to watch list. With the changes this year that’s been reversed big time, the additional humor and obvious good feelings that come through on the screen from the cast have bumped what had started to be a tired show back up my list.

  34. Marianne Gibson says:

    Bishop sucks. She doesn’t fit in and needs to go. The chemistry of NCIS is absolutely ruined. CBS can pay Michael Weatherly 225,000 per episode but not Cote? Discrimination against women!!! Shame on them for ruining a perfectly good show. I will no longer watch it and I know many people who feel the same. CBS needs to quit posting LIES about Ziva ‘ s replacement. She does not fit in and is an Abby. Clone. Very disappointed.

    • Dean says:

      Cote left willingly you if you can’t accept that you don’t have the right to call yourself a fan. Which only proves my point all Ziva fans are psychotic that they won’t believe A statement saying she left for personal reasons.

      • Robert L. says:

        All is a huge generalization, but there does seem to be a niche part of the fans who refuse to accept anything but nefarious reasons for her leaving.

    • BJG says:

      So you’re saying that someone in the same job with one working there for 11 years and another for 8 years should be making the same wages? What world are you living in?

      And what LIES are being spread?

      • I live in a world where people get paid what they merit. Pauley is a supporting actress, Cote de Pablo was the lead actress. She worked more hours, had more storylines, more screen time. She deserved to be paid higher than Pauley.

        • Melora says:

          You Ziva fans need serious mental help. The show is called NCIS Not the Tony and Ziva show.

        • BJG says:

          I disagree. The only LEAD in the show is Mark Harmon. The rest of the cast is basically an ensemble. Cote was not the lead actress.

          • sorry,. there are three leads. Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, and (whatever woman CBS forces to work crazy hours for less pay).

          • BJG says:

            Mark Harmon is the LEAD. Almost every interview states that the show is lead by Mark Harmon who has a wonder supporting cast.

          • Alan says:

            she was getting less pay because she hadnt been on the show as long and didnt have much experience before joining, unlike weatherly and harmon. thats how this industry works.

        • Robert L. says:

          Perhaps your world is different to mine. I work at a company where the voting partners have been at their jobs 40 plus years. Of course they make more than the guy hired 20 years ago and the one hired in ’06. It doesn’t matter how popular the superstar is, or how popular you may think she is, time and experience win out over raw numbers. And this is an excellent reason not to share salary information in any company.

  35. Pat says:

    I have posted this before and my mind has still not changed. The character of Bishop, who is an analyist is ok for a reoccurring character but not as a primary one, especially going out in the field making her look like an agent from Day 1. I have watched this show since the beginning when it was a spinoff of JAG. I will continue to watch but I am really disappointed how quickly the producer’s of this show have basically jammed this character down our throats.

    • Elsa says:

      thank you for this.Seems like some people here think that because you dislike Ellie you are a “psycho ” Cote fan..I actually start watching the show when Cote arrive,(with this guy words, I’m a psycho fan). I saw 1 and 2 seasons but I don’t feel the same love and empathy for Kate. And actually is sad how them just talk so bad to another just because you think different. I tried to like Bishop, and I still watching the show, but honestly the producers (aka Gary) is trying,as you said, jammed Ellie down our throats. She shouldn’t be a primary character yet, not all the people are agree with put her as primary until see how she works with the team. The producers are not waiting for us to love the new character, they just forced us to see her as a regular ,not waiting to see our reactions. That’s what bothers me. But otherwise I have nothing against the actress

      • BJG says:

        I don’t recall TPTB waiting for fan reaction when Ziva came onboard. Why should Bishop be any different?

        • they didn’t have to. the show was teetering on the brink of cancellation at that point. THis is a completely different game now.

          • BJG says:

            And what facts do you have to back that up?

          • Facts? look AT their seasons 1-2 ratings.

          • BJG says:

            They had decent ratings and sorry to burst your bubble but the rating increased primarily because of the USA marathons not because of the addition of a certain character. Do you know for a FACT that the show was not being renewed?

            Quoting Mark Harmon in a recent article: “We were able to keep it afloat a couple of years because we weren’t good enough to get all the attention and we weren’t bad enough to get canceled,” says Harmon with a laugh. And “There’s four of us who were there in the beginning, plus pretty much 90 percent of our crew,” says Harmon, citing the stability of the show’s production team as one key reason for its continued robustness.

          • as524 says:


    • BJG says:

      Ziva was out in the field her first day acting as an agent and if you recall had NO investigating skills at all. Why should Bishop be any different. At least Bishop is part of a US Federal Agency and a US citizen to boot. And because Bishop applied for a job at NCIS probably went through training at FLECTC unlike a former Mossad liason who was push through US citizenship and Federal agent.

      • Ziva was a rigorously trained field agent. Gibbs immediately objected to her being an investigator and Jenny smacked him down. We saw her learn to be an investigator. she EARNED respect. Bishop got respect written in for her. Bishop would NOT have gone to FLETC before being hired by NCIS. If they sent all applicants to FLETC (a weeks-long course) that would be a preposterous waste of taxpayer money. I know NSA analysts. They are not field agents. It is hard to fathom why an analyst would get field training. Maybe a few do, I don’t know, but I can’t figure out why.

        • BJG says:

          I never said that Bishop had investigating experience or was a field agent. I also said she possibly went to FLETC but decided on NSA. Gibbs objected because NCIS is an investigating agency with field agents. And as Gibbs said with Ziva’s training she was a better fit for the CIA.

          • why would she ever have gone to fletc? only hired field agents go. I still can’t figure out why an NSA cublicle analyst would go to fletc. and yes Gibbs stringently objected to ziva. unlike how he did with Bishop, he lets her do ANYTHING. many many fans have noticed. it’s very weird. This is not the classic gibbs in any way.

        • John 1138 says:

          NSA, ITRW, is a rather large agency and so I completely expect they send their people to FLETC just as other federal and non-federal organizations do for any number of reasons as they see fit (The FLETC website refers to just how widespread the organizations are to whom they offer classes) Including were an analyst’s supervisor to judge she would benefit from some real world experience training to better equip her to evaluate threats and get that approved up the chain. All book and little world can be a problem

        • as524 says:

          ziva was an assassin – not a ‘rigorously trained field agent’. Given her age when she was assigned to NCIS, it’s a wonder she ever did her mandatory 2 years military as well as completed a college degree.

          as far as completeing FLETC, it’s something she should have done BEFORE she became a field agent.

      • Robert L. says:

        Nor did she have any clearance to see sensitive information. She was a foreign citizen of a dubious US ally, there’s no way she should have been let in to M T A C.

        • John 1138 says:

          If there ever was delivered via Jenny why such an oddball choice for an American investigative agency was allowed to move forward I missed it. The part could have been given a much more logical backstory, along the lines of Kate or Tony”s or heck even Bishop’s analysts skills, as what would be added to the team. But foreign agency assassin? Never fit right through her going rogue and then disappearing, neither of which I expect were laid out when “Ziva” was being crafted.

      • Kathy A says:

        Bishop applied to NCIS — she wasn’t accepted. Therefore, she wouldn’t have gone through training at FLETC. That happens after acceptance. NSA police officers go through FLETC training, but I doubt analysts do, since they’re not considered to be Federal law enforcement officers.

  36. Julie says:

    I don’t like Bishop. She ruined the chemistry of NCIS! She is annoying!

  37. Lori says:

    Great interview, thanks! I’m liking the Bishop character very much. I’m looking forward to learning more about her character and seeing her interact with the team.

  38. lizzie says:

    I like Bishop so far. I like the team atmosphere and the way Tony and Tim have handled her arrival. I think the writers have to be careful not to make her a know-it-all. She should be in the background for some episodes.

    I bet Cote de Pablo was the subject of the same kind of article and interview when she joined the cast. I wish the pro-Cote would change their game plan. Plenty of insults have been dished to the cast, crew, writers, and even reporters like Matt Mitovich. All of them are just trying to do their jobs and none of them can get Cote back on the show.

  39. JohnHamishWatson says:

    I was looking forward to Bishop. The show needed some young blood. I don’t dislike her, but all the sparkle is gone. The team seems disconnected, everyone off in their own world, and the characters have lost what made them special. There needs to be some kind of x factor even from the start, and it is just not there. Disappointed because I really had high hopes.

  40. kabbie says:

    Why are people still talking about salary? MW & PP were on NCIS for 2 yrs b4 CdP arrived (& MW directs, so he’ll get more $). I miss Ziva, & dfntly miss Tiva, but I like EW, & hope that she’ll eventually ‘work out’. If CdP had personal reasons for leaving, I accept her decision; it makes me sad (at times, achingly sad), but I accept it. #NoH8 #acceptance

  41. Welcome, Bishop! says:

    I have celebrated the return of the old, classic feel to the show all season! Now that the dead weight is gone, the show is lighter, funnier, and just so much better! I’m enjoying relationships we have missed for years now that the characters are allowed to interact freely rather than be pigeonholed to enable the tediously problematic anvils.

    Emily Wickersham has only added to the wonderful chemistry of the show. She is so down to earth, and it reflects in her character as well! I love her character’s humility, willingness to learn, and respect for her teammates. Bishop shows so much promise, it is one more factor which makes me enjoy tuning in each Tuesday night!

    • BJG says:

      So agree with your comment. Amen!!

    • John 1138 says:

      Lighter and funnier were two of my first impressions as this season unfolded as well. Whether tptb were heading there anyway after last season we’ll never know, but it’s a change in tone I welcome.

  42. Fernanda says:

    Glasberg said in an interview that we would sit down to watch the show and we would remind us of why we like NCIS. He’s absolutely right. I’ve given up watching two episodes in half, sighing: oh, how I miss NCIS. The show is boring. The show lost its differential that was the irreverence among team members Gibbs.

    • totally agreed, I love the Core FIVE. they ALWAYS have a kickass woman on the team, that is a critical part of the formula. When they talk about the Core Four, the implication is that the woman doesn’t matter at all. What an insult! Kate MATTERED and so did Ziva. the fifth person needs to be a kickass woman.

      • BJG says:

        I love the fact that they show a woman can be extremely intelligent and take care of herself. I don’t need a kickass woman on the show. As long as Bishop can do her job & have her partner/teammates “six” that’s all that matters. I’m also looking forward to the return of kickass Tony.

        • well that is not the successful formula. this is not the classic NCIS. I like bishop. I don’t like the current combination. the show lost all the sparkle, all the action. Kate was badass and so was Ziva after her. the show has geek overload, we didn’t need another geek. and I REALLY LIKE BISHOP as I have always said. the interaction now is just boring. she is a good character, but shoudl be secondary,

          • Alan says:

            so would you have prefered if they had made a character who was exactly like kate or ziva? because im pretty sure that you would then be complaining about how she is too similar to them.
            i for one like the idea of seeing someone new to the job again, someone who might make the occasional screw up but brings valuable skills to the team just like mcgee when he first joined the team.

          • John 1138 says:

            Neither Gibbs nor Tony qualify as “geeks” and dropping the out of control Mossad assassin from the mix will continue to serve benefits I’m confident.

            Kate shot her own PDA so there were clear limits to her “badass”, Bishop has different limits and different is a welcome change, IMHO.

          • M says:

            Bishop is refreshing saying that I can not take my eyes off her black eyebrows. If the show has to have a blond then match the makeup to make it authentic unless the show wants that look . I find it distracting.

        • Kathy A says:

          But that can cause a greater problem — if they’re out in the field, they shouldn’t have to be worrying about protecting Bishop. Kate and Ziva were both trained — ‘the boys’ didn’t have to worry about protecting either of them. Until the show demonstrates that Bishop can protect herself just as well (and based on the way she handled Gibbs’s backup .38, I’m not so sure she can), she needs to remain in the office.

      • Lillian says:

        No, when they talk about the Core Four they’re talking about the original actors. The ones there from the beginning. That’s what they mean, not an insult to Sean, Cote or even Sasha. They’ve explicitly stated this.

      • The core 4 includes a kickass woman. Gibbs, Tony, Ducky and ABBY. Your implication that the reference is built around the idea that women don’t matter at all is incorrect. It’s a nod to the very first characters. The ones that were there in the very beginning. Of course Kate mattered as did Ziva. But their time has passed. Now Bishop matters. And Bishop is just as good and certainly isn’t the only one who has characteristics many fans dislike. Quite frankly, if every fan got to vote off a character they didn’t like, not even Gibbs would be left and there would be no show.

  43. Cote Fan says:

    I see words typed in this article, but all I’m reading is: Damage control, damage control, damage control.

    • Dean says:

      Wow Ziva fans really will do anything to start crap. If it’s not blaming the cast, the new girl, writers, producers or thinking of some conspiracy that explains Cote DePablo’s departure beyond her given statement of personal matters, it’s believing an article about the new girl is a damage control excuse. It was mentioned earlier you’d probably kill newborn kids if it meant Cote would comeback, I wouldn’t be surprised if you did.

  44. John 1138 says:

    Both the character ant actress have been welcome additions to a show I’ve watched since it’s J. A. G. introduction.

    The show has been fresher this year, however they’ve accomplished that its been a welcome improvement to a show I’ve long been very fond of.

  45. Kris Kirby says:

    I believe the same thing was said about Jamie Lee Curtis on this site on how everyone loved Ryan’s character and that the positive vibe about her possible relationship with Gibbs. This site is a cheerleader for all positive things about NCIS. I don’t know of anybody who likes Bishop’s character. And I will point out that I don’t like Ziva’s character so i can’t be labeled oh there goes another Ziva nut job posting.

    There’s nothing cute about sitting on top of the desk, on the floor or the food associations Emily. The Donald Bellisario Leroy Jethro Gibbs would never tolerate a newbie sitting on top of the desk or sitting on the floor or making mistakes, when Kate and McGee first joined his team, he was all over them when they screwed up, Ellie gets a good job, when she takes her earwig out of her ear and a playful chastise of having it glued in if she ever did it again.

  46. BJ says:

    I’m still cautiously optimistic. So far, I’m enjoying most of the season.

  47. Youknowho says:

    I see the nutters have found their way here, trying to bash and insult Bishop while propping up Ziva. I feel sorry for Emile having to deal with this crap, let’s hope they don’t attack her via Twitter or send her threats, like they have been the rest of the cast and crew.

    It’s so bad over there on the Facebook page I’ve had to block a lot of them, cause they just don’t know when to quit.

    Normal sane people miss Ziva for sure, but they are adapting to the change quite well and not posting nonsense.

    I really hope they never ever bring Ziva back and kill her off once and for all, just because the nutters don’t deserve to have the character come back with their behavior.

    • elsa says:

      Actually I’m a sane people who still watching the show,and actually this two last episodes with Ellie was bored for me. I can’t be adapted by force, and as me a lot of people. Producers might wait a bit more before put Ellie as regular. And people can’t compare Kate/Ziva with Ziva/Ellie transition. Kate was on the show for two years, and Ziva for eight. Ovbiously the transition between the character are totally different. People use to saw someone for 8 years. In some cases the watch the show since season 3. So, how producers can wait to all the viewers love a character inmediatly?. Maybe the people who never like Ziva is totally jumping in a fee, but a lot of people on the other side still feeling the hole with Ziva’s departure. And numbers is not a big thing. I just keep watching the show because Michael is there. Not for the new character, and I think maybe you can found more people on the same situation, in conclusion the number can’t speak for the love of a new character.

  48. Brittany says:

    I like Bishop, but I don’t like how easy Gibbs has been on her. This probably sounds weird but I can’t wait for her to do something that really pisses Gibbs off. Every time she does something wrong, he barely acknowledges it! I want to see the old Gibbs who doesn’t tolerate any nonsense.

    • John 1138 says:

      From the looks Tony and McGee have exchanged you’re not alone in expecting a correction. In my view she’s being set up for a teaching moment or three in the near future.

  49. as524 says:

    Great interview! Nice to see some of the insights that EW brought to the character. I love the sitting on the desk, on the floor thing….makes her seem more real and normal.

    Also love the direction of the team since 11×3. McGee has finally realized he’s a FIELD agent….Gibbs is no longer the team DADDY. and Tony is going back to the smart, funny, competent former cop we once knew.

    Looking forward to seeing Ellie make the transition from NSA to full time NCIS.

    • Kathy A says:

      Sitting on a desk is ‘real and normal’? I worked in government for 32 years — if I’d ever sat cross-legged on my desk to work, my bosses would have ripped me a new one. That is NOT office decorum.

  50. Robert L. says:

    The comments here are why people in the industry are finding the over-the-top fans of NCIS to be a liability to Cote and her career. They don’t seem to have a clear grip on reality.

    • John 1138 says:

      I expect the double edged sword aspects of social media are a source of a lot of havoc .

      • Robert L. says:

        It is, John 1138. My company relies a great deal on social media and the Internet in general and its been a crash course for us in media and marketing and taking the good and bad commentary and averaging the extremists.

        • Pete says:

          I wonder if the TV world will learn from this NCIS debacle?
          First it appears that social media allowed a small minority of the viewership to lead the show to believe that ALL viewers wanted a romance between Tony and Ziva when most of the viewers were at best ambivalent about it, leading to a splitting of the fandom (as oppose to the casual viewers).
          An over-emphasis on Ziva and this romance led to wildly fluctuating viewing figures last season – and this almighty rumpus over an actor choosing to leave the show.
          The comments that have been directed at the remaining cast on social media over this are frankly nothing but disgusting.
          Ziva was a polarizing character: yes many viewers loved her and also many viewers hated her – but in the grand scheme of things it seems most of the viewers probably quite liked her, are a little sorry to see her gone and are eager to see the next episode.
          All the ‘campaign’ has done is encourage many sane fans, who would never have said anything on social media, to wade in to prove that the campaign is not the one true viewpoint on all of this and that they are disgusted at what has been aimed at the cast and CBS.

          • Robert L. says:

            Pete, if nothing else, I believe CBS will have to put some things in action so the average fan has no access to the CEO or his wife, even via email, or at Ms. Chen’s TV show appearance. There was no sane reason to berate the lady.

          • Pete says:

            Robert, there is no sane reason for half of what has transpired since July.
            Even if CBS is ‘at fault’ for what has happened the HATE that has been aimed at so many people, particularly those only marginally involved, is totally unjustifiable – and what I have seen aimed at the remaining cast members is despicable.
            I think a lot of people related to the industry must be re-evaluating how accessible they are to both the sane fan and the nutter alike – and the losers here will be the majority of fans.
            I’d also be very surprised if CBS officials are still using the same email addresses that they were in July!

    • as524 says:

      to be honest, I’ve felt for years that those that claim to be fans of cote were really only ziva fans. The proof I’ve used is the success of the movie she appeared in a few years ago.

      • Carol says:

        I absolutely abhor the character of Bishop and I despise what changes they have made to the Gibbs character and why we needed another Tim type of characterization I cannot figure out—I do not blame Emily though—she is playing a part that was written for her—that is what is acting is—but that said please get rid of this character and replace it with a character who does not remind me of a recalcitrant teenager who has no idea about how to act in the workplace—and when the workplace is really a dynamic ever changing milieu we do not need a childish excuse for an agent

        • Carol says:

          From another Carol, NCIS has been my favorite show until Bishop entered. I can’t stand it now. I’m not sure what she does, she doesn’t provide any substance except sitting on the desk, floor and frowns. She tags along with the team and appears to be an spineless character. In Gibb’s real character he wouldn’t mess with that type of personality and I agree it is a childish role. It isn’t her fault but the show writer’s definition of her part. Her part needs the ” cop, agent experienced and tough person. My husband and I hardly tune any more since Bishop showed up and that is a shame what they have made her AND Gibbs into. Someone lost their way with the new character. She is a good actress so give her some meat and let her grow up and be a valuable part of the team. I still have NCIS LA and Covert Affairs. Annie gets things done doesn’t she?

          • I never missed an episode of NCIS. To me it was hands down the best show on TV UNTIL they brought that dumbass character Bishop on. She adds absolutely nothing to the show and detracts from it just by being there. I now just fast forward through every scene she’s in, but it’s getting to the point where she’s in so many I’ve decided to quit watching any new episodes and get my NCIS fix through re runs. Can’t imagine where they get the 75% approval rating, when everyone, and I mean everyone, I’ve talked to don’t just think she’s bad, they absolutely hate the character. They couldn’t have hand picked a worse character OR actress if they had tried.