Well that was fast! It may still be two weeks before her 'NCIS' debut, but actress Emily Wickersham has already been bumped to a series regular status on the CBS drama. We guess the network really likes what it sees.
Wickersham's role hopes to fill the devastating void Agent Ziva David left behind in the wake of her abrupt departure from our television screens. So we're expecting this character to be one tough cookie. (And yes, we're sure Tony's probably going to hit on her.)
Though we have yet to actually see her in action just yet, here's what little we know so far. Wickersham will portray NSA Analyst Eleanor “Ellie” Bishop, who is described as being “a mysterious mixture of analytic brilliance, fierce determination and idealism,” as well as someone who specializes in international threat assessment and global preparation. Alright, we're officially impressed.
The character will be introduced during the show's Nov. 19 episode when it is discovered the Secretary of the Navy was bugged during a confidential briefing — a security breach Bishop described in exact detail two years ago in a threat analysis report. While working side-by-side with Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and the team, Bishop will cross-examine the case file to help determine who is behind the crime. Any bets on whether or not she'll get a famous Gibbs-head-slap?
Either way, it appears the actress is gelling nicely with the veteran cast both on and off set. "Emily Wickersham's Ellie Bishop is proving to perfectly compliment the NCIS team," executive producer Gary Glasberg said in a statement. "Her energy and enthusiasm is contagious. Great things are planned for Bishop and we couldn't be more thrilled to have her on-board."
Wickersham’s previous TV credits include several episodes of FX’s 'The Bridge' (as Annabeth Gish’s wicked stepdaughter) as well as a role on the popular hit 'The Sopranos.'
'NCIS' airs Tuesdays at 8/7c on CBS. Are you excited to meet the newest member of Gibbs' team?