'NCIS' makes Ziva replacement Emily Wickersham series regular ahead of debut episode

emily-wickersham-ncis-series-regular-cbs.jpgWhen Emily Wickersham debuts on "NCIS" on Tuesday, Nov. 19 as Cote de Pablo's replacement, she'll be doing so as a series regular.

CBS announced on Monday (Nov. 4) that Wickersham, who is joining the series as NSA Analyst Eleanor "Ellie" Bishop, has been upped to series regular. In mid-September, when Wickersham's casting as a potential replacement for de Pablo's departing Ziva David was announced, it was revealed to only be a three episode deal with an option to be made regular. It appears the actress' work has made herself enough fans to exercise that option early.

"Emily Wickersham's Emily Bishop is proving to perfectly compliment the NCIS team," EP Gary Glasberg said in a statement. "Her energy and enthusiasm is contagious. Great things are planned for Bishop and we couldn't be more thrilled to have her on board."

When Wickersham's Bishop make her first appearance, it will be when it's been discovered that the Secretary of the Navy was bugged during a confidential briefing, a security breath Bishop described in exact detail two years ago in a threat analysis report. Working side-by-side with Gibbs ( Mark Harmon) and the team, Bishop cross-examines the case file to help determine who is behind the crime.

"NCIS" airs on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
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