Cote De Pablo in Prototype

NCIS Alum Cote de Pablo Eyes TV Return in Syfy Pilot Prototype

Ex-NCIS leading lady Cote de Pablo is inching closer to a full-time TV return.

The actress is in final talks to play the female lead opposite Smash‘s Jack Davenport in the Syfy pilot PrototypeDeadline reports.

The potential series, written by 24: Live Another Day scribe Tony Basgallop, centers on three unlikely people who inadvertently stumble upon an invention that challenges the very nature of quantum physics.

De Pablo — who recently starred in the CBS miniseries The Dovekeepers — is poised to play Laura Kale, a member of the aforementioned trio who is described as a driven, extremely intelligent mother of two.

The news comes amid speculation (or wishful thinking?) about de Pablo’s possible return to NCIS to help facilitate the imminent departure of former co-star Michael Weatherly. In a TVLine poll, 28 percent of respondents expressed their wish that Tony reunite with de Pablo’s Ziva before riding off into the sunset.

NCIS showrunner Gary Glasberg recently told Matt Mitovich that Ziva will likely merit at least a mention. “You can’t have Tony leave the show and not get into that in some respect,” said the EP, “so plan on it being discussed and handled, even if it’s in background.”