CBS’s long-running procedural "NCIS" announced today that it has filled a full-time position in the drama’s cast. EW.com’s Inside TV reports that actress Emily Wickersham, who has been in a recurring role as NSA analyst Eleanor “Ellie” Bishop since September, was promoted to series regular.
"Wickersham, who has also appeared on ‘The Sopranos,’ was originally slated for three episodes but according to producers, her work with the team has proved a success," the story reports.
In a statement, executive producer Gary Glasberg said: “Emily Wickersham’s Ellie Bishop is proving to perfectly complement 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.”
EW adds: "Wickersham, whose first episode airs Nov. 19, fills an empty series regular spot on the show that has been there since the second episode of the current season, when Cote de Pablo’s Ziva left the show. (Since Ziva’s departure, the storyline has focused on a fair amount on the team’s reaction to her sudden departure.)"
Wickersham’s character is described as “a mysterious mixture of analytic brilliance, fierce determination and idealism,” the piece notes, adding that the character "will be introduced when it is discovered that the Secretary of the Navy was bugged during a confidential briefing, a security breach Bishop described in exact detail two years ago in a threat analysis report. Working side-by-side with Gibbs and the team, Bishop will cross-examine the case file to help determine who is behind the crime."