‘NCIS’ season 11 spoilers: Michael Weatherly on Tony following Cote de Pablo’s exit

Tony and ZivaIf you are for whatever reason worried about the thought of seeing Tony move on to another woman on “NCIS” season 11 after Ziva’s departure, in particular one that is going to be her spiritual successor in some ways, don’t be: While this new Bishop character debuting later this season may be many things to the team, she is not going to be a love interest for the character.

Why is that? There are a number of reasons, beginning with the simple belief we have that giving Tony a new love interest would cause many “Tiva” fans to angrily boycott CBS for the rest of their lives. Of course, Michael Weatherly is much more diplomatic on the subject, and had the following to say in a chat with Entertainment Weekly about why we are not going to see his characters involved with Ziva in such a way:

“I don’t think there’s any chance of Bishop being involved in that in any way. If anything, she would be deeply, deeply off-limits for him. It won’t even enter his brain — and that’s another thing. I think she’s going to be very attractive, but I just don’t think DiNozzo will see her like that for even a heartbeat. I think there’s a level of maturity for him. He’s averse to anyone who would sit at that desk, I think.“

We’re still not ruling out the possibility of him having another love interest someday, but it could be a while down the road and would also depend on when the show planned to end things. But that is just our belief, and the producers here may have something else planned.

For now, there’s no need to worry about the future of a character that is meant primarily to be entertainment on a prime-time show. Let’s just enjoy the episode Tuesday night for what it will hopefully be: A moving moment between two characters that you have been waiting to get together for almost a full decade.

In case you missed it, click here to catch the latest extended promo for the episode.

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