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NCIS Casts 24 Alum Marisol Nichols as a Blast from DiNozzo's Past

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Agent Tony DiNozzo will get a very pretty blast from his Philadelphia past, when 24 alum Marisol Nichols guest-stars on CBS’ NCIS.

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TVLine has learned exclusively that Nichols will appear in an upcoming episode, titled “Parental Guidance Suggested,” as Zoë Keates, an ATF Special Agent who years ago worked with DiNozzo when both were with the Philly PD.

The pair’s paths cross anew when NCIS and ATF find themselves both tracking the same terrorist.

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In addition to her Season 6 run as 24‘s Nadia Yassir, Nichols’ TV credits include GCB, The Gates and, yes, an Oct. 2010 episode of NCIS: Los Angeles (as Callen’s ex-CIA partner).

TV’s most watched drama, NCIS opens Season 12 this Tuesday at 8/7c.

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110 Comments
  1. Darlene says:

    Should be fun! Looking forward to all the Tony goodness, including his stint on NCIS:NOLA confronting the bubonic plague threat!

    • Sandra M says:

      The only Tony goodness I’m hoping for is for him to be a smart, capable agent, like he was in The Admiral’s Daughter. I hope he doesn’t go back to being a playboy. So tired of that.

      • Jeanie says:

        I agree Sandra. That’s the kind of Tony I want to see.

      • Darlene says:

        I didn’t see any mention of him being a playboy in this article. He can’t have a professional working relationship with a woman?

        • Sandra M says:

          When did he ever have a professional working relationship with a woman? The only two have been Abby and Bishop.

          • Darlene says:

            And your point?

          • Sandra M says:

            Hey, if the show hires a sultry single brunette, they release a news story that focuses on Tony and her, and they have a purely platonic relationship, I’m sure that makes total sense.

          • Nick Richards says:

            What? A story is released about an upcoming storyline and you start yipping about “sultry single brunette”–where does it say “single”? All it says is a blast from the past–also, it may or may not be platonic–but, somehow you have all the answers as to what will happen–do you work for the show as a writer? His character has been involved in working relationships with other women throughout the entire series–Born from the Coast Guard, the female Navy chaplain from two years ago, the woman who played Kate’s sister, the newspaper reporter who was poisoned after her brother was–there are others too numerous to repeat–the only one crying “playboy” is you.

          • S. says:

            So he DOES have a professional working relationship with the women he works with.

    • Dean says:

      Well if you’re dealing with the plauge best have an NCIS agent who was infected with it to help.

      • Sandra M says:

        so why did they put him in a hazmat suit? he tweeted pictures. He should have immunity.

        • Evenmoor says:

          Even if Tony *is* immune to it doesn’t mean he can’t potentially carry and spread it around to other people who *aren’t* immune to it.

        • Joni says:

          Tony had a genetically altered form of the neumonic plague (not bubonic) so he wouldn’t be immune. When he was dating Jeanne, Ziva thought he was sick and she was on the internet researching the altered illness and said that it could recur months or years later.

        • John NYC says:

          Hazmat suits are disposable right as he leaves the potential contamination area: if he’s in regular clothes he’s still got to dispose of those, plus since they’re not a barrier like a hazmat suit is and his skin might be carrying contamination that could potentially harm others if not himself: he get’s a chlorine bleach and worse bath. Every. Single. Time. he leaves a suspect location.

          Hell on the complexion….

  2. DidoTwite says:

    So this is another one of DiNozzo’s women this year? She kind of looks like Ziva.

  3. Sandra M says:

    How many exotic brunettes is NCIS going to dredge up for DiNozzo this season? Remind you of anyone?

    • Jeanie says:

      I know why didn’t they just try to get Cote back after she finishes filming her mini series in October!

      • Dean says:

        Uh maybe cuz she doesn’t want to come back yet?

        • Joni says:

          Hi Dean, I thought the same thing. Why would she want to move backward in her career? She’s done a theater release movie and now is doing a TV mini-series. Both of those projects could lead to bigger and better things. I think it took a lot of courage to walk away from a sure thing to spread her acting wings.

          • Dean says:

            My point is if Cote wants to comeback it would be up to her. People like Jeanie here don’t get that and would comit unspeakable atrocities if it meant Cote would return.

          • Sandra M says:

            I agree, it took a lot of courage to do those things, and I can’t wait to see them! I also hope that after her break, she will choose to do some NCIS episodes, because her ending was completely unsatisfying, and most fans want to see more of her.

          • Nick Richards says:

            “most fans want to see more of her.” I seriously get annoyed with people who make statements like that–you speak for NO ONE but yourself–yet you constantly act like you speak for all–guess again–you don’t.

          • CG59 says:

            Cote was getting close to becoming typecast, IMO.

          • John NYC says:

            “her ending was completely unsatisfying,”

            I thought it was great and a wonderful conclusion.

            Highlighting the cost a relentless killer takes when the toll of the people she’s killed finally catches up to her. So: she got “tired of all the killing” and faced that sort of crisis where a complete break must be faced.

            Terrible cost for all the terrible things she’d done for all those years as an assassin.

            Not everyone get’s a happy ending but this one was a good organic fit for the character left some hope she might find peace. Unless one of her victim’s loved ones found her first I suppose…

      • CG59 says:

        They probably wouldn’t even LET her back!

    • CG59 says:

      What, did you want him to get involved with a Ginger?

  4. Jeanie says:

    We’ll she looks like someone from his NCIS past. I can’t stand to see Tony back to his old ways, or with anyone but Ziva. Trying to use actresses that remind me of her won’t cut it.

  5. Annette says:

    So is this Tony “maturing”? Looks like he switched from chasing blondes to chasing Ziva wannabes.

    • Darlene says:

      Where are you getting that? He’s worked with her before. He’s working with her again. I really don’t see where Tony is chasing anyone. He’s not allowed to work with any woman now?

      • Sandra M says:

        Yes, I’m sure that’s why she is a single, gorgeous brunette. She is just a random person he used to work with. That’s why they made a press release about hiring her.

        • Nick Richards says:

          Once again–where does it say she is (or isn’t) single? The press release is stating the name of the actress and her upcoming role on NCIS–and a bit about the story–yet, you have the entire scenario already mapped out–just where is your fountain of knowledge coming from?

    • leia says:

      since there really are only four major hair colors, and of course gray, why do we whine about another brunette. Red is already taken on this show as someone else’s obsession, blondes are stereotyped, maybe Tony happens to like brunettes. I doubt this one will have an accent and bungle the english language so all is safe here. And I really haven’t noticed that Tony has a thing for blondes. Wendy had brown hair too. Tony likes women, period.

  6. Tara says:

    I thought Tony was a Baltimore cop.

  7. Lianne says:

    DiNozzo doesn’t have a Philadelphia past. He was a cop in Baltimore.

  8. Joni says:

    Excellent! I’ve hoped for years that Tony’s past in Philadelphia would come up again. Isn’t that where he went undercover to bring down the mob boss that died in prison?

    • Darlene says:

      Yes! I wish they would bring that mob boss story into the present. You’d think there’d be consequences to bringing down a mob boss. That particular past should catch up with Tony.

  9. Gregory Greene says:

    What’s wrong with A&E, Longmire was great , i am very disappointed in them loved this show, i am very sorry.

  10. Viviana says:

    It seems every woman that is going to be brought into that show looks like Ziva. Maybe it would be better to bring Ziva back intead if trying and trying. I wish for Cote to come back to NCIS and bring the ninja israeli back for good.

    • Dean says:

      Okay unless you’re new to the subject let me give you the run around. Cote CHOSE to leve the show, the depablo departure was her CHOICE. Why who knows reasons are her own. But hey as fanatic who thinks they know what’s best for her go kidnap her and force her back against her will. I’m sure she’ll be horrofied if you did.

      • Sandra M says:

        She chose to leave, and she can choose to come back, just as many actors have on other shows. God only knows the fans would love to see her again.

        • Elaine says:

          She chose to leave. It doesn’t mean they will take her back since she left so abruptly. Bishop got some of her scripts. Like the interview on the ship which got two men killed.

        • John NYC says:

          The storyline kept moving, leaving that character FAR behind.

          Even characters with a more pivotal role don’t get revisited once the show has gone far enough. The door is just closed.

  11. Grace says:

    I saw the episode where she was Tracey, Callen’s ex partner back when he was in the CIA (I think) on NCIS LA. Too bad her character ended up in prison. It would have been fun to see Tony get together with Callen’s ex.

  12. Tran says:

    She’ll always be Nadia Yassar on 24. Season Six was a disaster.

  13. John NYC says:

    I’ve liked her work in the past. Fwiw to me she looks like herself.

  14. Dj says:

    Every time a actress guest stars on NCIS Viewers (Ziva fans) who post here make it about Ziva in some way. Its either she looks like Ziva, she acts like Ziva. Every woman with dark hair doesn’t look like Ziva. Every female who works with some type of law enforcement agency isn’t the show trying to make her Ziva. Ziva is gone and you are seeing ghost that are not there.

    • Nick Richards says:

      THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!! A thousand times over……….

    • Billy Ray says:

      maybe its because THEY LOOK LIKE ZIVA

      I don’t care if Cote is on the show off the show running the show, characters and actors come and go, but when one leaves and the network tells you its no big deal and then every female guest star looks like the actress who left…… makes you wonder.

  15. Lynnacworth says:

    Obviously I am the only non-zivite posting but I see no resemblance to ziva – first this girl looks like she can actually smile but whether she can pull that off or not, I don’t want Tony in any long lasting relationship that would put his wiseacre quips and quotes in peril.

    • Sandra M says:

      Ziva has the most gorgeous smile in the world, which she saved for Tony. This girl, like the last one that was mentioned in a news story, is an exotic looking brunette, just like Ziva was. Tony supposedly likes busty blondes, so this is a big deal for him to change types.

      • Tina says:

        Actually his ex-fiance, Wendy, was a brunette so I don’t think he has a type, especially “busty” blondes. I’m looking forward to seeing how this episode plays out. I love episodes dealing with backstory.

      • Nick Richards says:

        Actually, his character likes all women–but, you seem to know everything (not) about how his character is portrayed and every single actress somehow resembles “Ziva”. Get a gripe, some fans just enjoy how the show plays out and how each new character is introduced–not how all the female actresses look like Ziva.

      • Darlene says:

        You’re right, Tina. And the only relationship he called “real love” was a brunette.
        .
        And there was Brenda (brunette), the Asian woman (black hair), Wendy…
        .
        For someone who’s “type” is “busty blondes” according to Sandra, Tony sure is attracted to some dark haired women before, during, and probably after the Ziva era.

        • CG59 says:

          I hated it that Agent Michie Lee had to die. I guess they had to get her out of there so the ‘Autopsy Gremlin’ could do the Daddy-thing with Breena.

        • Chris says:

          In the episode An Eye for an Eye from season 2, Tony commented on how much he loves brunettes.
          It is from a pre-ziva season, so I guess that explains why the obsessed ziva “fans” wouldn’t have a clue.

  16. Sara says:

    I think it is hilarious that people keep claiming that all these women are Ziva look-a-likes. Ziva herself was basically a Kate look-a-like, at least that was the big complaint about her way back in the day when she was originally cast. Brunettes make up a huge portion of the population, so it makes sense that there will be a lot of brunette women cast. It isn’t a reflection on the show missing Ziva. Get over it. Cote de Pablo chose to leave, just like Sasha Alexander before her.

    • Darlene says:

      What you just said makes way too much sense, Sara.

    • CG59 says:

      I love Brunettes.

    • Billy Ray says:

      You say Ziva looks like Kate (true) but that all the other brunettes are not kate/ziiva clones. so are they clones or not. cause if this new one is not a clone of ziva than how could ziva be a clone of Kate? they are ALL Kate clones. Ziva this DEA lady, the FBI agent they mentioned a couple of weeks ago etc etc. they all, Kate thru to this one, have the same build, hair color etc the casting directors are trying to appeal to a demo.focus group. So they are all clones.

      and once again I don’t give a crap that ziva left.

  17. TullaT says:

    I just hope Tony finally gets a decent storyline that doesn’t involve romance. So tired of him holding the clicker and being comic relief. Let him be a real agent.

  18. CG59 says:

    Cote left before she became typecast. She is too talented to stay on a single serial for a decade.

  19. Mel says:

    Thanks for the scoop, Matt. Look forward to hopefully finding out more about Tony’s Philly background.

  20. CG59 says:

    Ms. Marisol reminds me of a young Sandra Bullock.

  21. Whatevah says:

    Countdown to Ziva meltdown posts in 3 2 1

  22. ange says:

    Wasn’t she already a blast from Callen’s past on NCIS:LA?

    • Andrea says:

      Yes, the article says that. Remember, though, that NCIS and NOLA will occupy the same universe, but LA’s universe is separate from the mothership’s (with the exception of Vance). I’m not familiar with this actress, but this is likely how she can be on LA and NCIS as two distinct characters. If she ever does NOLA, she’d play her NCIS character.

      • Dean says:

        Exactly characters on NCIS have played other characters on LA. Tony’s late Baltimore partner played an Agent on LA for a couple episodes.

        • John NYC says:

          In some ways it’s sort of nice how that show lineage, going back to J.A.G. has this propensity for recycling actors.

          Heck Catherine Bell had a walk on, back to the camera, no lines part for like 3 seconds (and a tiny look over her shoulder before she was then seen as a corpse…) in an episode years before she got the role of Mac.

  23. wasn’t Tony with Baltimore PD, not Philly?

  24. Guest(Real name will be revealed when I decide) says:

    @Ziva fans(aka the so called NCIS fans) (In The Riddler’s voice) well well so it seems that the worst fanbase ever(aka the Ziva fans) has still failed to realize that she left on her own. How utterly utterly expected and pathetic at the same time. (In my normal voice) so let me get this straight, every time they cast a woman for Mr. Dinozzo you claim it’s a Ziva wannabe?! That’s one of the stupidest excuses i’ve ever heard! Here’s another one when Ziva left you claim it jumped the shark?! Do research on “jump the shark” before making false assumptions! And it so impress me that you claim you’re not going to watch anymore which in reality you’re still watching! How about actually mean it? Duh! I’m going to give you 2 simple choices. Choice number 1. Accept the fact that she’s gone and cease your feud with the show! Choice number 2. Continue your delusional state and get called out by people who’s getting tired of your garbage! You have until Tuesday(Season 12 premieres) but i suggest make your decision right now and choose the right one(which happens to be choice number 1). (In Alcuard from Hellsing/Hellsing Ultimate voice) SO MAKE THE CHOICE! (“Think” from Jeopardy plays)

  25. Eleanor Shea says:

    This season is shaping up to worse than season 11. So not my cup of tea.

    • Dean says:

      Then what is? Seeing Ziva give birth to Tony Dinozzo 3?

    • Nick Richards says:

      The bloody season hasn’t even started yet, but somehow, per you, it’s shaping up worse than season 11–what are you psychic? Seen ALL of season 12 already? Since you know everything, how about some Lotto numbers? If it’s not “your cup of tea” why are you even commenting on it? Do you realize how idiotic you sound???

  26. Really?! Last week another article said Tony to be playing the field. It reads to me that Gary Glasberg and Mark Harmon are desperate. They know letting Cote go was a bad mistake because the show has suffered. Bishop/Wickersham is not cutting it.

    • Dean says:

      Cote CHOOSE to leave, chucklehead. She wasn’t let go or fired as you and your fellow Ziva nutties proclaim.

    • Nick Richards says:

      Good God–she quit, she wasn’t “let go”. Are your reading skills and comprehension so bad you can’t understand that? Or are you simply delusional? As far as Wikersham “not cutting it”, now, how on earth would ANYONE know that–she had a target on her back before she even started working there. People like you, who claim the show is suffering and they are “desperate”–sorry, the only desperation I’m seeing is the same voices, whining constantly like a dripping faucet. Cote left the show because SHE wanted to–I suggest you go whine at her if you want to blame someone. Let go my @ss.

    • Guest(Real name will be revealed when I decide) says:

      @Crystal Miller Do you have any proof that an article said that “Tony to be playing the field” or is it another one of your and the Ziva nutties typical false assumputions? What’s the point of saying anything if you do not have evidence? Do you realize how stupid and hypocritical you sound right now?! Cote left on her own, the producers did nothing, you stupid girl! How do you know the show suffered without hmm i don’t know (in Him from The Powerpuff Girls demonic voice) WATCHING IT?! (In normal voice)How do you know that Bishop/Wickersham isn’t cutting it without hmm i don’t know (in Him from The Powerpuff Girls demonic voice ) GIVING HER A CHANCE?! Gary Glasberg and Mark Harmon are desperate? It reads to ME that the only people desperate is YOU and the bunch of Ziva delusional suckups! Yeah i’m calling you Ziva fanbase suckups because that’s what you all are! Truth hurts, does it? And if you’re not down with that I GOT 4 WORDS FOR YOU and the hypocritical Ziva fanbase, SUCK IT!!!! and (In Roman Reigns voice) BELIEVE THAT!!! (The Truth Reigns plays)

      • CG59 says:

        I think you are bit strident in your comments. And you should clean up your language somewhat. And perhaps take another dose os Zoloft- it might help you with those voices….
        I agree that the producers are doing the ‘diversity’ thing, trying to appeal to different demographics. It is just that, in my small opinion they don’t have the equation right- yet.

        • Guest(real name won't be revealed until i decide) says:

          @CG59 I’m sorry. It’s just that i’m so mad and angry that the so called fans can’t accept the fact that their favorite agent is gone. I’ll admit that maybe i was rough and my comments were a bit strident. I will try to clean up my language somewhat. Honestly, i may need more than Zoloft if these fans continue their delusional state.

          • Nick Richards says:

            Well, if you have any Zoloft left, please pass it on to the regular NCIS fans, who watch for the entire cast and stories. The season hasn’t even started yet, and I’m totally annoyed with the continual harping that has been going on for OVER a year……..

  27. Billy Ray says:

    OMG will ZIVA haters and Ziva lovers please shut the hell up. Both of you,

    1. ZIVA left whatever the reason she left move on

    2. The new ladies LOOK LIKE ZIVA/Kate. the casting director is casting based on type that some honcho thinks appeals to some demo/focus group. He/she is told Brunette, x tall weight y etc etc An actress fitting that description is then cast in the role. so yes, this lady is supposed to look like Ziva. Just like Ziva was supposed to look like Kate The first director was an older white guy (TOM), then jenny the women now Vance the black guy. the director is appealing to different groups, the female role is designed to appeal to one. The new actress is blonde and young to appeal to a demo, different than ZIva so the guest star in each ep will look like kate or ziva s as to keep appealing to that demo. Turn on the TV news, change the channel and you see the same plastic faces, type cast to fit a demo.

  28. CG59 says:

    So…..
    Where will Michael Weatherly migrate to after the eventual ‘exit stage left’ of NCIS?
    Maybe Cote intuited the move before she bacame type-cast?

  29. Ivory says:

    I thought Tony DiNozzo came to NCIS from BALTIMORE PD, not Philly!!

  30. Brandon says:

    As soon as I saw Nichols all I could think of was her role in NCIS LA. I’ve tried rewatching the episode a couple of times and I just can’t shake it off. These two shows are set in the same universe are they not? Surely there are other women that could have played Keates right?

  31. Yuna says:

    I was surprised to see her in NCIS! Because she was a formal partner of G. CALLEN, romantic related once long time ago, in NCIS:LA and she turned to become a criminal in the episode.