Season 17 of NCIS premieres on September 24, 2019, at 8 p.m. ET/PT and 7 p.m. CT, on the CBS network. And, for months, there has been talk about the character Ziva David’s return. For those who would like to watch all the new episodes but do not have a cable subscription, there are still options for you.
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On the day of the NCIS season 17 premiere, actress Cote de Pablo appeared on the Rachael Ray show to talk about how her character comes back, though she didn’t reveal any spoilers. She mainly talked about how welcoming the cast was to her. She said that her coming back was top secret and she even had to sneak around on set, prior to her first appearance. She said that on her very first day of work, everyone had to sign nondisclosure agreements about the “mystery” guest actress. She said that both the old and new cast members made her feel welcomed. And, when she first came out to the set, all of the cast and crew clapped for her. She said it was like “going home again”.
Episode 1 of the new season is titled “Out of the Darkness” and the official plot description of the episode reads, “Ziva surprises Gibbs with a cryptic warning, prompting him to question why she remained underground for years while being presumed dead by family and friends.” The second episode is called “Into the Light” and is set to air on October 1, 2019. The synopsis of this episode states, “With their lives in danger, Gibbs and Ziva’s rogue investigation takes an unexpected turn when a possible terrorist plot is revealed.” For those unfamiliar, Gibbs is played by longtime NCIS star Mark Harmon and, according to Entertainment Tonight, their characters’ reunion is a bit tense, especially since Ziva was previously presumed dead.
The third episode this season is titled “Going Mobile” and it is scheduled to air on October 8, 2019. Its episode description states, “After the body of a Marine lieutenant is found hidden under an 18-wheeler, the team tracks the vehicle’s previous locations to pinpoint the crime scene and suspect; Sloane encourages the team to sit down and talk about Ziva’s recent reappearance.”
When talking about the decision to bring back Ziva and the details, executive producer Steven D. Binder told Entertainment Tonight that, “The story needed to be something that merited the return of this character and wasn’t just a cheap publicity shot. We, as a staff, spent quite a bit of time trying to find a story that fit. We wanted it to be full. We wanted to use the show’s DNA, something that touched on Cote’s entire run on the show — from the circumstances of her first arriving to things that happened with the character. We wanted to use that as the raw material. We had one final meeting with Cote where we discussed these things and whether it was something that she was interested in, and you know the answer to that.’
Ziva’s return is a big subject for the first part of the new season and she is set to appear in five episodes.