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....
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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is not the same show it was when new executive producer Warren Leight was hired to run it.
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Since Leight (Law & Order: Criminal Intent, In Treatment, Lights Out) took the reins four months ago, veteran cast member Christopher Meloni has left the show and he's been replaced by two new faces: Kelli Giddish and Danny Pino. But Leight is looking at the positive. "We call it SVU 2.0 this year," Leight tells TVGuide.com. "I'm aware of how successful and well-liked this show is. I'm just trying to figure out how you rejuvenate it after 12 years."
In the expansive interview after the jump, Leight discusses how he plans to do just that. Plus: He gives us the scoop on how losing a partner will affect Detective Benson (Mariska Hargitay), what we can expect from the new detectives and whether Meloni might return for a final goodbye...
Diane Neal realized just how avid NCIS fans are soon after her initial appearance on the show.
"After I did that first episode, I'd be walking down the street and people would [say], 'What's going on with Tiva?' and I was like, 'Why is everyone talking about a pair of sandals?'" she says. Neal soon learned that "Tiva" is the shipper name for fans who want to see a Tony DiNozzo-Ziva David coupling.
When Law & Order: Special Victims Unit returns, the show will hark back to earlier seasons, Diane Neal says.
"It's back on track to what the original SVU was intended to be, which is about sex crimes and crimes against children," Neal says. "It's got more of a nitty-gritty feel."
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