She's quirky. She's cute. She's your new leading lady!
NCIS fans will finally be introduced to Emily Wickersham's character Ellie Bishop in tonight's episode of the longrunning CBS hit drama, with The Sopranos star set to fill the leading lady void left by the exit of Cote de Pablo in the beginning of the season. Though she was originally cast for a three-episode arc, the NCIS creative team liked Wickersham (and Bishop, obviously!) so much they promoted her to series regular three weeks before her debut. Talk about making a good impression!
And now we finally get to see Wickersham in action as new agent Bishop in action as we've got a sneak peek at her NCIS debut...but is she a suspect rather than an asset for the team?!
Described as "bright, educated, athletic, attractive, fresh-faced, focused and somewhat socially awkward," Bishop definitely shows off that last one when she first meets Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and Tony (Michael Weatherly). In fact, she even has rules: "When her ear buds are in, flash the desk light," she says when she's interrupted while doing research.
She also shows off her ridiculous memory, as she's able to recall what she ate three years ago. (Cocoa Pebbles, in case you were wondering!)
Bishop is introduced to the team when she predicted a security breach of the Secretary of the Navy a few years before it happened. But that just so happens to make her a suspect. "Are you asking if I'm in on it or something?" she asks Gibbs. "No, I'm not. I wrote the playbook, but I have no idea who's running it."
In a statement after promotion, Gary Glasberg gushed, "Emily Wickersham's Ellie Bishop is proving to perfectly compliment the NCIS team. Her energy and enthusiasm is contagious. Great things are planned for Bishop and we couldn't be more thrilled to have her on-board."
Weatherly recently teased Wickersham's debut, posting a photo of himself with just the top of a certain blonde lady's head recently, saying, "On set today! Secret #ncis photo #friday."
Wickersham makes her NCIS debut tonight at 8 p.m. on CBS.