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NCIS Boss on Ziva's Exit, What's Next for Tony and the Team

Michael Weatherly, Cote de Pablo

For now, NCIS has bid farewell to Ziva David.

After Cote de Pablo abruptly decided to leave TV's most-watched drama this summer, producers had to find a way to tie up Ziva's narrative in short order. The result is Tuesday's episode, in which Ziva's will-they-won't-they partner-in-crime-solving Tony DiNozzo (Michael Weatherly) goes to Israel to find her. Once he tracks her down, he begs her to return to Washington with him, but to no avail. She leaves him on the runway with a tearful goodbye and a long kiss.

NCIS: What did you think of Ziva's goodbye?

How will Ziva's exit affect Tony, Gibbs (Mark Harmon) and the rest of the team? Is there a chance for her to return? And why was her exit arc so, well, Ziva-less? TVGuide.com turned to executive producer Gary Glasberg for answers.... read more

Ratings: S.H.I.E.L.D. Drops; Chicago Fire Rises

Chloe Bennet

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. took a big tumble in its second week.

The ABC series, which posted the biggest drama debut in four years, pulled in 8.4 million viewers and a 3.1 in the adults 18-to-49 demographic Tuesday, dropping 34 percent from last week. S.H.I.E.L.D. placed third in the timeslot read more

NCIS: What Did You Think of Ziva's Goodbye?

Michael Weatherly, Cote de Pablo

Ziva David has left the building.

Actress Cote de Pablo made her long-awaited exit from NCIS this week. How did Ziva's storyline wrap up? Read our recap to find out:

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The Tuesday Playlist: Ziva Takes Leave, a Pivotal New Girl

Cote de Pablo

Among last week's more encouraging TV signs: On the first Tuesday of the official fall season, it felt a bit like a return to the good (or at least simpler) old days when network TV was the dominant game in town, and crowded time periods could support more than one hit. In prime time's starting position of 8/7c, there appear to be three blockbusters duking it out: read more

Ask Matt: Mom & Laugh Tracks, Dexter and Broadchurch Finales

Mom

Send questions and comments to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter!

Question: On your recommendation, I watched the first episode of Mom. Why do sitcoms insist on using these horrible laugh tracks still? I found it so distracting it took away from any viewing pleasure. I'll sample the show again because I really like the actors, but do you hate laugh tracks as much as I do? — Rob

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NCIS Premiere: Who Died? And Who's Targeting Ziva and the Team?

Mark Harmon, Leslie Hope

NCIS started its 11th season with a bang Tuesday night — literally. A terror attack on a hotel kills Secretary of the Navy Clay Jarvis (Matt Craven), and may cause Morrow (Alan Dale) to lose his leg. But it quickly becomes clear that the explosion is just a hint of larger things to come. And the group's next target? Ziva David (Cote de Pablo).

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Exclusive: Cote de Pablo Talks About Her Decision to Leave NCIS

Cote de Pablo

NCIS fans have long memories. They fondly recall the scene back in Season 4 when Ziva David, then still a visiting Mossad agent, announced to Tony DiNozzo, "I will kill you 18 different ways with this paper clip." So when the woman who so engagingly played Ziva for eight seasons, Cote de Pablo, announced she was leaving the series, grief-stricken devotees sent paper clips to CBS in protest. But even that couldn't keep Ziva attached.

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NCIS: How Will Ziva Say Goodbye? And 7 Other Burning Questions for Season 11

Michael Weatherly and Cote de Pablo

In case you haven't heard, big changes are underway at NCIS.

A refresher: In the Season 10 finale, Tony (Michael Weatherly), Ziva (Cote de Pablo) and McGee (Sean Murray) all handed in their badges to protect Gibbs (Mark Harmon) in the wake of a Department of Defense investigation into the agency. The episode then jumps ahead four months, when Gibbs is aiming a sniper rifle with FBI Agent Fornell (Joe Spano) in his crosshairs.

Although we doubt it's what was originally intended, Ziva's resignation will likely stick. As fans are well aware by now, De Pablo announced over the summer that she'll be leaving the show. Will the team (and the show) be able to go on without her? Why is Fornell a target? And what additional fallout will result from the investigation into Gibbs? TVGuide.com took these burning questions and more to executive producer Gary Glasberg and Weatherly. Here are the biggest issues the show needs to address early on in Season 11:

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What Are Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Chances on Tuesday Nights?

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

To say Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is highly anticipated is an understatement.

After The Avengers pulled in $1.5 billion globally and other Marvel blockbusters like Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger and the Iron Man franchise succeeded at the box office, ABC's collaboration with Marvel appeared to be a sure thing. Add to that that S.H.I.E.L.D. marks the television return of Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator and Avengers director Joss Whedon, who brings with him even bigger expectations for the new series.

On S.H.I.E.L.D., which is an offshoot of The Avengers film franchise, Agent Coulson... read more

Sopranos Alum Joins NCIS — Is She Ziva's Replacement?

Emily Wickersham

The Sopranos vet Emily Wickersham has landed a multi-episode arc on NCIS, TVGuide.com has confirmed.

As first reported by TVLine.com, Wickersham will play... read more

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