Why Are ‘NCIS’ Fans Begging Producers Not to Bring Back Jamie Lee Curtis?

Jul 12, 2013  •  Post A Comment

Now that Cote de Pablo is leaving the CBS drama series "NCIS," fans are begging producers not to replace her with Jamie Lee Curtis, as much of the show’s fan base has a dislike of the actress, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker.

A recent appearance by Curtis helped boost ratings, and producers added to her appearances as Dr. Samantha Ryan, a love interest for Gibbs, played by Mark Harmon. But now fans are worried CBS will bring her back to help viewership for the show’s 11th season.

Hiring Curtis to replace de Pablo "would be the stake in the heart of this show," one commenter wrote Wednesday, the story notes.

"What’s so bad about Curtis?" the story asks. "According to her many detractors, it all boils down to chemistry. As in, she didn’t have any with Harmon."

One online commenter described as a longtime "NCIS" watcher got more specific about the objection to Curtis, writing: "Gibbs is supposed to be able to ‘read’ people, and to know whether they are trustworthy. Ryan is one of the *least* trustworthy characters this show has ever had. There is no reason why Gibbs would allow himself to get close to someone like her."

The Times piece adds: "The haters aren’t just being paranoid. Curtis herself said she’d ‘obviously love to’ be a regular on the show if the writers could work it all out."

CBS confirmed this week that de Pablo, who played Ziva David for eight seasons on the show, won’t be back for season 11, as previously reported.

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17 Comments

  1. Don’t get me wrong; I love Jamie Lee Curtis, but as a real fan of NCIS, I can’t see her replacing Cote on the show and I doubt that will happen. It seems to me that her character was meant to be a short arc with the ability to pop into an episode now and then.

  2. As a show gets older, the cost of its cast does as well and so shows quite often will drop a long time cast member and replace them with somebody less known to save money on all the raises for other cast.
    I suspect this was the case with Cote so I doubt they’d bring in a bigger name like Jamie Lee that would increase costs instead of decreasing them.

  3. It’s a great show, but Scott hit the nail on the head as to why Ms. Curtis doesn’t fit. It’s time to get a love interest for Tony D.

  4. I love Jamie Lee Curtis too but she and Gibbs do not have the chemistry to pull this off.

  5. I am also a long-standing fan of NCIS, and I agree with those who didn’t “feel the love” between Curtis and Harmon. There just wasn’t chemistry, and that does not detract from their acting skills (I like them both), but it’s either there or it’s not (Streep and Eastwood? Now THAT was chemistry!).
    I’m bummed de Pablo is leaving the show (walking away from the #1 show on television? Something’s up with that), but I’m glad her character will have an exit. My guess … she will go back to Israel and replace her father.
    Ziva David will be tough to replace, and that is all due to Cote de Pablo (and good writing). Tony will go into mourning, and Abby, oh my goodness! Can’t even go there.

  6. I wholeheartedly agree; Curtis would be HORRIBLE for this show.
    Frankly, if they ever needed to bring in a love interest for Gibbs, I’d still like to see him spend time with Diane Neal’s CGIS special agent Abigail Boren.…

  7. Jamie Lee Curtis had ruined the episodes she appeared on, and it made me cringe watching her on this show. As many have said before, there is no chemistry between herself and Gibbs, and it appears to me that she is trying way too hard to make her role on the show more prominent than it should have been. It got annoying very quickly- her desire or need to get “inside your head”. Not just with Gibbs, but everyone. I’m glad she left the show when Dearing influenced the judge to release her ex from prison, and I’m really hoping she will never appear on NCIS again- and definitely not to replace Ziva. Someone I would like to see come back though is Allison Hart. Somehow recruit her back into the storyline please!

  8. For those who think that there was NO chemistry between Gibbs & Ryan (Jamie Lee Curtis)….you obviously didn’t get it! Because of their characters, the chemistry was quite subtle and quite sexy….so grow up….not everything has to be nude to be hot.

    • I so agree! The grown up chemistry was absolutely there!

  9. To each their own. I loved Jamie Lee Curtis on NCIS. I would love to see her back even if she dosent replace ziva. She my all time fav actor. Seen everyone of her movies. I think her and Gibbs have great cemestry

  10. Jamie Lee Curtis and Mark Harmon showed ZERO chemistry in their episodes together. I think she is a terrible choice as a love interest for Gibbs and I was happy to see her go. I would not like to see her character return! I think the person that had the best chemistry with Gibbs was Hollis Mann played by Susanna Thompson. I was sorry to see that story line end.

  11. I don’t know if it would be feasible or affordable but what about Rene Russo as an expat spy/romantic interest for Gibbs? She could certainly pull off being an Interpol agent.
    I think the chemistry between her and Gibbs would be over the top.
    She hasn’t had a starring role in a movie in a long time. She still looks great – she’s much more Gibbs’s type than Jamie Lee Curtis.
    This is her in the upcoming Thor: The Dark World
    https://www.facebook.com/AvengersAUNZ
    They cut her role in the first Thor film down to nothing. Maybe she’s open to starring in TV’s #1 show.
    Is this totally out in left field?

  12. JAIMIE LEE CURTIS IS BETTER THAN THE TEEN CHARACTER OF EMILY THEY INTRODUCED TONIGHT.SOOOOOO BORING

  13. I DIDN’T LIKE JAMIE LEE AS A LOVE INTEREST FOR GIBBS-HE DESERVES SOMEONE THAT LOOKS LIKE A LADY. SHE LOOKS TOO MANISH. IN FACT, HOW ABOUT HIS OPPOSITE NUMBER IN THE COAST GUARD FOR A LOVE INTEREST, IF HE HAS TO HAVE ONE. I THINK THE SHOW IS GREAT WITHOUT ANY LOVE INTERESTS AT ALL. THIS IS PROBABLY THE ONLY SHOW ON THE NETWORKS THAT CAN STAND ON ITS OWN FEET WITHOUT A LOT OF CRAP THROWN IN.

  14. I’m watching reruns of the Jamie Lee Curtis episodes and remembering how much I liked them, and how much I DID find that she and Gibbs have chemistry. Maybe it is an age thing (I’m older). He needs someone whom he can’t always read, who pushes back a little, who is as bright and intuitive as he is. I don’t see her as a substitute for Cote doing field work, but love her as someone who pops in and out with psych help. I’d like to see her do that more often.

  15. I agree about the CGIS Abbey. She and Mark Harmon did have chemistry. It’d be nice if they could have more shows with her.

  16. What about using Catherine Bell (Mac) from the series JAG as Zeva’s replacement?

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