Emily Wickersham New Character On NCIS

    November 20, 2013
    Lindsay McCane
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NCIS has a new woman in town! Emily Wickersham made her debut appearance on Tuesday night’s episode as Ellie Bishop. Ellie has been brought onto the NCIS team as an NSA analyst to replace Ziva David (Cote de Pablo), who left the series earlier this season.

Executive producer Gary Glasberg says he was very impressed by what Wickersham brought to the character…life. “Really what happened was Emily showed up and we gave her this script and this character and she really brought it to life,” he said. “She brought eccentricity and nuance and quirk and heart to a character that, until then, we had only been looking at on paper. Once we started to see and feel the chemistry with people on screen — and off, as well — we realized that we had something really special.”

Glasberg also informed the fans that even though there is a new character, NCIS will not be making any major changes. “At the end of the day, it’s not so much about reinventing or doing anything that different,” Glasberg said. “NCIS is still NCIS. All of the dynamics are there. … The vibe of the show is the same, the chemistry is the same, the tone is the same. It’s just that we’ve got this new character and she brings something new to the party.”

Glassberg also explained the idea behind Wickersham’s character during an interview with TVGuide.com. “We had started to sort of talk about the idea of doing a story line that involves the NSA … and someone who really kind of looks at things from a global standpoint, someone really wrapped up in sort of the international view of terrorism and the way things work,” he said. “We felt that that could be a fun addition in working with our team.”

Fans of the popular television show seem to be intrigued by the new character, as they took to NCIS’ official Twitter page to voice their comments.

Here is a clip from last night’s episode:

Image via Twitter

  • NCISLongTimeFan

    I’m sorry but I found Ellie Bishop to be quite irritating. She reminds me of the “know it all” characters I work with. Maybe with time she will grow on me. I’ll try to stick it out!

  • http://yahoo priscilla

    So sorry but I did not enjoy the new character at all…I found her too frenetic and annoying to watch…really taking away from the show rather than adding to it….did not find her to be a plus to the family of characters, but an annoying interruption to the flow of the story line….not endearing at all

  • Susan

    This new character is annoying and not a good addition to the team. We already have two cerebral characters with McGee and Abbey. What the team needs is a kick-butt person. I wish they had looked at Person Of Interest’ new character “Shaw” if they wanted to see the type of woman NCIS needed. In fact, Bishop is so annoying that our family will no longer be watching NCIS. Such a shame.

    • Jbron

      Relax it really isn’t that serious

  • Karen

    I did not enjoy the character either. In fact I am going to take a break from the show. She was very pushy and changed the dynamic greatly…She over shadowed the better characters. Good luck with that.

  • Meg

    I loved Emily Wickersham! She was adorable, and seemed completely natural and I loved every scene she was in!

  • IkeyJoe

    The new character seems to be a desperate attempt to shed the NCIS image as an old person’s show – and one of the things I loved about the show was that it never pandered to youth culture. Till now. Bishop’s OMG mannerisms and Aeropostale outfits and “you know, it was like” speech patterns are the kind of crap I used to try to get away from by watching NCIS. We don’t need a younger, hipper Abby. If we wanted to watch ridiculous pandering, we could watch NCIS LA. Yuck.

  • Susan

    I can not bear the new character Bishop. She’s way too “smart” and overwhelms the other characters. They literally stand around while she solves the crime. If she stays, this great program is headed for the toilet. Maybe replace her with a woman Marine of color…someone who can really put some muscle back in the show. Let Abby and McGee stay the geniuses of the program.

  • http://webpronews/life shelley

    As much as yhe new character is interesting, she extremely young. Thats fine too. But then Im reading about how she might end her “marriage” and end up with Tony or Gibbs!!! Well, sorry but as a viewer I would be completly grossed out seeing as though my husband and I are around Tony’s age and Bishop looks around my daughters age! And at that point, my love for the show, which has turned to like since Ziva left, would completly disappear and the show be unwatchable. I would hate to see the demise of this beloved show, but Im afraid it wont be on next year if Ziva doesnt return. She obviously offered quite a bit to this show. At any rate, they need to step very carefully with this new character, she is very much her own entity that could easily take over. She is a child in too many ways to be in the field. Her eccentriciites and odd way of thinking because she is so bright, really limits her in the field.