NCIS: Meet Tony's Potential New Love Interest!

By LizRaftery

Aug 20, 2014

Melrose Place alum Stephanie Jacobsen is joining the cast of NCIS as a "flirtatious" FBI agent who works with Tony on a case involving a terrorist threat against Navy researchers, has confirmed. 

Does this mean Tony's finally moving on from Ziva (Cote de Pablo)? Jacobsen will play Leia Pendergast, a former U.S. Marshal turned FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force leader who's "feminine, sexy and single, cool and confident," according to Entertainment Weekly, which first reported the news.

Based on that character description, it sounds like Tony will have a tough lady to tussle with during the investigation. With Tony's love life in limbo for much of Season 11 after Cote de Pablo's departure from the show, executive producer Gary Glasberg says fans should be prepared for him to get back into the dating game in Season 12.

"We'll absolutely move forward with ... Tony's personal life," Glasberg said in July at the Television Critics Association summer press. "It's going to happen early on. ... We'll introduce somebody and see how it works. ... [They meet] through work, through a case."

Though Jacobsen is currently only signed on for one episode, her character has the potential to recur.

How do you feel about Tony's possible new romantic interest?

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  • SusanGreene8077 May 20, 2015

    She's not even pretty. Get Ziva back before the series goes down the drain.

  • ncisteam Feb 21, 2015

    Still hope for ziva... But I do like the ladies man tony who isn't into commitment

  • bettedavisis Feb 09, 2015

    OMG - Get with it! What does it take to let CBS realize that the fans want ZIVA. The show is faltering; if it's not lack of Cote, then it's the writers. IT'S JUST NOT THE SAME AND NOT AS EXCITING. Lucy M.

  • gtbell Oct 19, 2014

    First off, she looks too Latina for name like Stephanie Jacobsen or a character named Leia Pendergast. Second, she has too much collagen injected in her lips to hold my attention let alone Tony's. Let's move on.

  • FrederickZilc Oct 17, 2014

    I could nibble on those lips all day long.

  • Irishelf67 Oct 13, 2014

    I still can't believe GG went with this stupid idea when most fans said they didn't like it the first time he mentioned it! When is this dolt going to start listening to fans!? For those who think this is the wrong way to go, there are several ways to show this. The most important is to not watch the episode. You can also leave Feedback on CBS' Feedback page. Leave comments stating your dislike of this idea everywhere you can think of (especially NCIS' Facebook page. Also, there will be a Twitter trend about this when the episode airs this Tuesday. It's something like keepitinyourpantsdinozzo. If you want more information about this trend, it can be found on the Operation Bring Back Cote Facebook page.

  • daveruccio Sep 01, 2014

    I saw her stripping in Tampa a couple of years ago.

  • didotwite5 Aug 31, 2014

    I invested 8 years in the Tony/Ziva relationship, and it ended in heartbreak for the characters. I'm not going to invest again. Either Ziva or no one at all for Tony.

  • Ashley24 Sep 26, 2014

    Bring Ziva back!!

  • milena73 Aug 27, 2014

    I wouldn't mind a new love for Tony, but ... 1) it's too soon, 2) first they should fix the Bishop-disaster (and some other things that aren't working anymore), 3) I can't imagine (at the moment) Jabobsen suits him (simply visual, I mean, it's not real life, it's a movie, and it should look good, I don't know how big she is, but I've noticed several times now that too small, too thin and too girlish women look ridiculous when standing next to Weatherly. Even though he lost a lot of weight lately, he's still a big and athletic man (and over 40)), 4) de Pablo looked very good at Weatherly's side, it's difficult to beat, 5) the role's discription indicates that they try to find a NEW ZIVA for him, not a new love. So it'll be probably just another bad REPLACEMENT (like Bishop), nothing new. If they want to do something new they need to get away from the Tiva-story completely. But then the conception of the role is the wrong choice.

  • daveruccio Sep 01, 2014

    Bishop is unfixable. They need to ditch her ASAP. It's insane that she is still on the show.

  • milena73 Sep 01, 2014

    Well, that's what I meant with "fixing it" - get rid off her. ;)

  • Gimpyelf67 Aug 25, 2014

    Not going to make fans forget about Cote/Ziva. Does GG really believe if he keeps throwing actresses into the mix, one will stick!? EW, strike one. This one will be strike two! Give it up CBS. Either bring back Cote, or no one at all. And get rid of the talentless EW while you are at it!

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