Tony & Ziva Return: NCIS Stars Launch Exciting Spin-Off Adventure

Michael Weatherly and Cote de Pablo gear up for a new international thriller series featuring their iconic NCIS characters

Michael Weatherly and Cote de Pablo, famous for their roles as Tony and Ziva in NCIS, are embarking on a thrilling new journey with the upcoming spin-off series NCIS: Tony & Ziva. Set in Europe, the show will follow the couple alongside their daughter Tali as they navigate a dangerous world while evading pursuers.

The idea for the spin-off arose from fan curiosity and a desire to explore new narratives beyond the confines of the NCIS agency. “We wanted to take these two characters away from the Agency and put them in a world, and the world that was attractive to us was international,” said Cote de Pablo during a recent event celebrating NCIS’s milestone 1,000-episode mark.

Weatherly emphasized the significance of their daughter Tali in shaping the storyline, describing her as “a new element of trouble” that adds layers of complexity to Tony and Ziva’s decisions. “Every choice that Tony and Ziva have to make in their adventure, their child is first and foremost in the front of their mind,” Weatherly explained.

The decision to shoot in Europe was initially inspired by the characters’ reunion in Paris on the NCIS series. However, due to logistical reasons like the Summer Olympics, Budapest will serve as the primary filming location, with other European locales adding to the series’ global scope.

Both Weatherly and de Pablo are serving as executive producers, alongside series writer and showrunner John McNamara. They expressed excitement about McNamara’s fresh approach to storytelling, diverging from the traditional NCIS format. “It’s not an evergreen procedural, it’s not structured the same way,” Weatherly commented, acknowledging the risk and innovation involved.

The spin-off’s potential for crossovers with other NCIS stars has also stirred interest. Brian Dietzen and Wilmer Valderrama, who play roles in the NCIS franchise, expressed openness to appearing in Tony and Ziva’s new adventure, highlighting the camaraderie and support among the cast members.

With filming set to commence soon, NCIS: Tony & Ziva promises to deliver a blend of familial drama, international intrigue, and the enduring chemistry between Weatherly and de Pablo’s characters, appealing to both longtime fans and newcomers alike.

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