NCIS Stars Take On The Heat While Filming Season 17

NCIS Stars Take On The Heat While Filming Season 17
Credit: Source: CBS

Filming has begun for Season 17 of NCIS , and the cast and crew are dealing with some serious heat on location in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Clarita, California. Temperatures are hitting the triple digits, and star Emily Wickersham (Special Agent Eleanor Bishop) is sharing their heat battle on Instagram.

Wickersham recently posted a pic on her Instagram Stories that featured stars Wilmer Valderrama (Nicholas Torres), Sean Murray (Timothy McGee), Brian Dietzen (Jimmy Palmer), and Mark Harmon (Leroy Jethro Gibbs) dealing with the 100+ degree temperature.

As fans know, the show does a lot of filming outdoors, but they must have been on interior sets at some point because we still haven’t had the chance to see Cote de Pablo (Ziva David) yet. Showrunners promised that de Pablo would be a part of the Season 17 premiere, but CBS is keeping everything about her return under wraps, most likely to avoid spoilers.

Hopefully, the network will have some kind of promotional push in the weeks before the premiere.

There have been some rumors swirling about a major cast shakeup on the CBS procedural. According to PopCulture.TV , a fan theory is making its way through the internet that posits Ziva David will replace Agent Gibbs.

“Gibbs is old now, I stand by that the only way this show can continue is if Ziva takes his place as team lead, oh how wonderful that would be,” wrote a Reddit user. “They could just write that for her child's protection Tony is taking care of her in hiding, I wouldn't be mad at all, anything to have her back.”

Another fan agreed, explaining that Ziva’s character is beloved enough by fans to carry on the show when Gibbs and Ducky leave. If they don’t replace Gibbs with Ziva, said the fan, then it’s time to end the show.

Harmon’s current contract ends after Season 17, so if he decides not to sign an extension, Ziva taking over is a possibility. After she left the series in 2013, de Pablo stated that she exited the series because she felt the character wasn’t being treated with the respect she deserved. She added that she wouldn’t return to NCIS unless “someone can really write something fantastic” for the character.

Season 17 of NCIS premieres Tuesday, September 24th on CBS.


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  • Connie McCarthy
    Connie McCarthy Aug 20, 2019 9:48 AM PDT

    I'm all for change because people come and go all the time. And don't get me wrong. I love Ziva and I think she adds a lot to the show. With that said. I think it would be a big mistake to have Ziva take over as team leader. If anyone should replace Gibbs it would be Tim McGee. McGee has grown into one heck of a team leader. He even had the balls to send Gibbs home on Hail and Farewell. I'm mean if that's not proving that he is a great team leader than what is. If Mr. Harmon ever left the show I really do think the show would suffer. Because regardless of what some may think Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs is NCIS. He makes the show what it is. I for one would love to see at the end of Ziva's help to safe Gibbs, that she would walk into Gibbs basement holding Talia and looking at Gibbs and telling her daughter" This is your grandpa Gibbs" and then Talia running to Gibbs arms. That would be one hell of a way to end the show. Seeing Gibbs happy and with a family.

  • Mike B
    Mike B Aug 20, 2019 2:28 AM PDT

    It wouldn't be right for Ziva to take Gibbs place. Timothy has grown over the years and is senior agent in the NCIS office. Unless he leaves along with Gibbs then that is the only way I can see Ziva becoming "boss." As far as Abby's replacement . . . Political Correctness at it's best!!!! However, they needed somebody with grit and a grown-up attitude and they sure struck out with Reasonover

  • Nancy Gacek
    Nancy Gacek Aug 20, 2019 12:44 AM PDT

    I will not watch ncis if ziva takes gibbs job and I don't care for diona reasonover abbys replacement.

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