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NCIS's Ziva and Tony are returning full-time in a spin-off starring Cote de Pablo & Michael Weatherly

Tony and Ziva are back for NCIS... Europe?!

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Michael Weatherly's Tony and Cote de Pablo's Ziva were a bedrock part of CBS's long-running hit series NCIS, and their departure - and frankly unfulfilling culmination of their relationship - left many fans wanting more.

Now, they're going to get it.

CBS Studios is developing a new NCIS spin-off with the duo reprising their roles for the first time in a decade, on a weekly show for its streaming platform

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, as first reported by Deadline. The as-yet-untitled show has already been ordered straight-to-series without a pilot (hey, their run on NCIS is the pilot) with a 10-episode first season expected to begin filming shortly.

"We’ve been talking about this story for many years, and now with John McNamara at the helm, we are ready," Weatherly and de Pablo said in a joint statement. "The world of Tony and Ziva (and daughter Tali) promises to be an action-packed roller coaster fueled by love, danger, tears and laughter. We also want to acknowledge and thank the fans from around the world who supported the 'Tiva' movement for years. To this day, they say hello in grocery stores and on the street to tell us how much these characters mean to them and ask what Tony and Ziva are up to now. This is for you!"

De Palbo and Weatherly aren't just acting in this one though - they're also producers, alongside showrunner John McNamara (Trumbo, the Magicians).

Although the show doesn't have an official name yet, Deadline reports it's being nicknamed 'NCIS: Europe' - infering a European locale.

"After Ziva’s supposed death, Tony left the NCIS team to go raise their daughter. Years later, Ziva was discovered alive, leading her to complete one final mission with NCIS before she was reunited with Tony and their daughter in Paris," reads Deadline's description of the show. "Since then – and where we find them in the new Paramount+ original series – Tony and Ziva have been raising their daughter, Tali, together. When Tony’s security company is attacked, they must go on the run across Europe, trying to figure out who is after them and maybe even learn to trust each other again so that they can finally have their unconventional happily ever after."

This is the second new NCIS spin-off announced recently, coming after the Young Gibbs prequel NCIS: Origins. Like that one, these start a new trend of NCIS shows based less on locale, and more on established characters that have proven to be just as exciting as the mothership brand.

At this rate, we're due for a returning JAG - the mostly-forgotten show that NCIS was a spin-off of originally.


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