Just to give you an even greater sense of how sure that we and everyone else was that Cote de Pablo was going to be back in some sizable capacity for season 11 of “NCIS,” almost everything that had been put down on paper earlier this summer was done with the thinking that we would have Ziva David around. Even though negotiations went on and on, there was confidence that we would see her back again as a series regular.
Then, the talks broke down, and the return of Ziva is now only going to be for two episodes. For executive producer Gary Glasberg, this placed him in what has to be a stressful situation. Not only is he losing someone who is practically a family member at this point, but he had to go back to the drawing board and come up with a new story. In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, he does his best to explain trying to fix a messy situation:
”I literally had to lock myself away and everything I was planning on had to be blown out and I had to start all over again. Again, it’s not what we had hoped for. This family — this NCIS family that exists between [the characters] — is so special and so unique, and this was Cote’s decision and we have to respect that … but some really fantastic work is going to come out of what occurred. We have some really terrific stuff planned for the year.”
For Glasberg, he stressed that one of his major goals is to “honor” all of the characters that viewers have come to know and love over the years, whether it be Ziva or some of the folks who are sticking around like Tony, Gibbs, or Abby. The last thing he or anyone else associated with the show wants to do is make you as a viewer feel cheated that Cote is leaving, which is why there are so many promises for closure to the Tony / Ziva story.
We’ve got more on the “NCIS” season 11 premiere stories, and you can read some of that and more just by checking out the link here.