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How NCIS Tony & Ziva Spinoff Was Conceived Revealed By CBS Exec-TGN


  • Tony and Ziva’s
    spinoff was conceived by the original actors, being made thanks to popular demand and creative ideas.
  • The spinoff is set in Europe with Tony’s security firm getting attacked as he and Ziva raise their daughter, Tali.
  • This new show is unique because of its serialized format, and being the first spinoff in the series to feature returning stars from the original in leading roles.



CBS Studios President David Stapf has revealed how the upcoming NCIS Tony and Ziva spinoff was conceived, and how the new show’s stars were involved. The procedural spinoff was announced earlier this year, with Michael Weatherly’s Tony DiNozzo and Cote de Pablo’s Ziva David reprising their roles from the original series. The show will air on Paramount+ instead of CBS, where most other spinoffs for the franchise reside.

Speaking with Deadline, Stapf revealed how the idea for the NCIS Tony and Ziva series came about. Citing Weatherly and de Pablo as the masterminds behind the project, he explained how their characters’ popularity coupled with their ideas for the show helped it get the green light. Check out what Stapf had to say below:

Michael and Cote have been talking about this show for years and years and years. So they were the ones that cooked up the rough edges of the idea, went to (writer) John McNamara, along with us, saying, we’d love to do this show. And the timing was right.

They had started talking about it before, somewhere after they had both left
. Put yourself in their shoes. They’re constantly getting hit up by fans as to, oh my god, I miss you. When are you going to be back together, what happened to your child and all that stuff. And so, again, I keep saying it but there was an organic reason for this show to exist, it was almost like a fan demand for it.

What To Expect From Tony & Ziva’s New NCIS Spinoff

While information on the exact story of the spinoff is still under wraps, it has been confirmed the show will take place in Europe. While raising their daughter, Tali, overseas, Tony’s security firm gets attacked, prompting the events of the story to unfold. Filming for the series begins this summer, meaning it will only be a few more months until the story of Tony and Ziva’s spinoff is more concrete.

This spinoff will be the first in the NCIS franchise to follow a returning cast of characters in a new location. While the upcoming NCIS: Origins show will feature the younger days of Leroy Gibbs, Tony and Ziva’s spinoff differentiates by bringing the characters’ original actors back. It’s also expected to follow a serialized format similar to NCIS: Sydney, where an overarching case is the anchor point for everything that happens in the show.

Even though it’s unclear what will happen during Tony and Ziva’s return, the fact the lead actors are heavily involved means their characters will have a story worthy of their return. Given how wide the NCIS universe is expanding, with their spinoff set to be the fifth concurrently-airing show, other characters from the original may also make small appearances. With plenty of possibilities for their return, it seems the couple’s spinoff will be a memorable entry in the ever-expanding franchise.

Tony and Ziva’s
spinoff will air on Paramount+ at a later date.

Source: Deadline

The cast of NCIS season 20 walks forward above show title in promotional poster


NCIS (Naval Criminal Investigative Service) focuses on the sometimes complex and always amusing dynamics of a team forced to work together in high-stress situations. Special Agent Alden Parker, a quirky former FBI agent who solves his cases with calm professionalism and sharp, sarcastic charm, leads the NCIS team, which includes NCIS Special Agent Timothy McGee, an MIT graduate with a knack for computers who has now graduated to senior field agent; the charismatic, unpredictable and resilient NCIS Special Agent Nicholas “Nick” Torres, who has spent most of his career on solo undercover assignments; and sharp, athletic and tough NCIS Special Agent Jessica Knight, a formidable REACT agent who specializes in hostage negotiations and high-risk operations. The naïve Jimmy Palmer is assisting the team, who graduated from assistant to fully licensed medical examiner and now runs the morgue; and forensic scientist Kasie Hines, Ducky’s former graduate assistant. Overseeing operations is NCIS Director Leon Vance, an intelligent, highly trained agent who can always be counted on to shake up the status quo. From murder and espionage to terrorism and stolen submarines, these special agents investigate all crimes with Navy or Marine Corps ties.

sean murray , Wilmer Valderrama , Katrina Law , Brian Dietzen , david mccallum , Mark Harmon , Rocky Carroll , Gary Cole , Joe Spano

Release Date
September 23, 2003


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