I've watched NCIS since it's inception and have been a loyal follower but last Tuesday was my last attempt at trying to like Emily Wickersham. Bishop and the story lines that surround her character just don't cut it. I've really enjoyed past episodes of NCIS and will continue to watch reruns but my intelligence and I just can't stomach the new story line. I hate to see such a good series die this way.
Good grief, people. Could this show (which started out GREAT) get any worse??? They really need to fire their writers before the final flush. I watched Ziva's last show and last night's "the show everyone will be tweeting about" and they BOTH sucked.
I used to love NCIS, but last season--and now this new one--are TERRIBLE.
Seriously. It is not just that Cote de Pablo and her character Ziva David have left the show. As devastating as that is ... It is even worse. The writing has gone down the tubes, the directing has gone down the tubes ... The acting ensemble, one of the best in TV history, is visibly despondent not only over the loss of the chemistry with Ziva, but over the sub-par scripts and lowbrow direction on a show hitherto distinguished by brilliant scripts and crisp direction. Yikes. After over a decade of excellence, I would rather see NCIS go away (Seinfeld knew when to end, JJ Abrams (Fringe, Alias) always knows when to end it. Don't poison the well. Either her bring her back, and with her writers who understand the heritage of this show, and directors who are not so schlocky ... This is one of the great shows in the history of TV. What in the world have you done with it? Bishop is a joke. I agree with Amrita, she's a Nancy Drew character for Heaven's Sake. Give us NCIS back or end it. We will at least have ten seasons of excellence to watch. This year has been a total wash. And those great actors, Harmon and the rest, they know it, you can see it in their faces.
Adding a "Nancy Drew" character, Bishop to replace Ziber, really? The scripts lack the substance and timing that we became addicted to. The core of actors are doing their best to make it work. And they are great actors. But watching the show is no longer exciting or interesting as it had been. It just evokes pity for what the remaining core of great actors have to deal with in the lackluster scripts and horrible writing & casting of a Bishop. Just end it. C,mon, Season 11 sucks, can't watch more. good luck...
I have watched every episode of NCIS and I even watch the reruns. However, when I started to watch the last episode this past week I could not watch anymore than 15 minutes with Bishop who is so bad not as an actor but the character adds nothing to the show and is entirely unbelievable. I will not watch it anymore.
I loved seasons 3-10, mostly because the character of Ziva intrigued me. The show without her just plain stinks! It was quite obvious Cote had no intention of leaving just yet, so I can only conclude she needed time off or just fewer working hours to deal with a personal issue and TPTB said no way! I can bet if one of her male colleagues wanted what she did, he would have gotten it (CBS is known to treat male actors better than female ones-look at the Criminal Minds debacle when 2 female actors were fired to save money to fund the soon to be flopped spinoff even though at least one male costar had less seniority on the show). CBS wake up! Give Cote what she wants and get her back ASAP! I will no longer watch now that her character has gone and many of my friends no longer watch for the same reason. I suspect that even fewer will watch once Ziva's replacement starts, since GG is noted for creating characters fans loathe! Update: I was right-Bishop stinks. Why do TPTB insist on keeping a character (and having her front and center) that the majority (87%) of fans hate? Its almost as if they are trying to sink the show!
We did NOT watch the BISHOP show last night but we missed NCIS so much that I painted dark eyebrows on my white dog, told her to sit and it was just like Bishop! Except when our dog barks she doesn't clench her teeth, she is not a skinny wanna maybe these writers would want to give our dog a screen test in case Bishop needs a rest from getting up and down off the floor.
Please, please get rid of Bishop. We don't want "quirky," cutsie or "smart" but looking and sounding stupid. We want badass, strong, sexy, funny, fighting machine with a heart, and strong family loyalty, ncis being the family. Basically, we want ZIVA!! Or a similar type. Please, I and all my family and friends have been loyal fans and have not missed an episode from the beginning, but, this season has been a hard one to continue watching. I love you guys, don't change the personality of the characters and get rid of Bishop, sorry Wickersham, this is not personal.
I have been a loyal fan since day 1, own all the seasons and introduced the show to loads of people way back when which many many people did and that is how your loyal fan base was formed thus making NCIS #1 for so long. Suddenly it is as if you all lost your minds and want the show to fail.
You cannot achieve higher ratings while losing loyal viewers and once again tonight (Feb. 25, 2014) you tried to force-feed "Bishop" on us. You have turned this show into the Bishop show and it will come back to bite you.
1. The alleged actress Wickersham far too often slips into a teen mode, talking too fast, as though if she talks fast enough, we viewers will think she's smart. It only makes her come off as stupid.
2. You tried to get us to believe that small, skinny Bishop can defeat an experienced trainer, despite the fact that your "Bishop" has spent six years sitting at a a load of crap.
3. She pursued Parsa for what 6 years and couldn't nab him until she was able to sit on the floor at NCIS? Another load of hogwash
4. You again try to make "Bishop" appear really smart, lecturing the team (including Gibbs) AGAIN, about tracking body armor, even though she does not know the first thing about body armor.
5. The mere fact that the Gibbs we came to love over the last 10 years would have never considered hiring this type of would have happened.
The list goes on and on with what is wrong with this season and the Bishop character.
The writers have gone out to lunch permanently this season, the show needs to stop making the guys dumb to make Bishop look good, they need to give more air time to Ducky, Palmer and Abby and less to Bishop. She is not the star nor star quality, stop focusing on her and you may just save the show.
I have to stop and fast forward through a great deal of the Bishop parts and if you keep force-feeding "Bishop" at such high volume I may just have to rely on my DVD's for my "fix" for quality NCIS casting and writing, and Gibbs, Abby, Ducky, Tony, and McGee.
How about showing us some loyalty and respect now and get rid of Bishop!! This is just an awful character, the acting is horrid and you have ruined what work so well. Gibbs isn't Gibbs anymore. We hardly see Palmer or Ducky or even Abby but you give Bishop a load of air time.
You have already slipped behind "Blue Bloods" in total viewers -- losing your number one rating for the first time in years. Please get rid of Wickersham
Bishop, OMG, is soooo bad and why have they had cases solved by her and her alone?? I am so disappointed, was my favorite but now it is as if they really don't care. Did someone owe someone a favor. It is as if Bishop is the only one with any skill at all and she is not even a good actor. NCIS is just about the only show that was worth watching, now I can't even watch long enough to see how it all ends, and why bother Bishop will solve it by sitting on the floor eating cereal UGH. Anyone to contact the produces the show to get back to the real NCIS??
I refuse to watch until they remove her from the cast. During the Olympics, they showed reruns with Cote de Pablo. I watched those. There is no chemistry with wickersham. The story lines are simply awful. Moron in charge that refused to give Cote a one year contract? Whoever you are, please fire yourself.
The ever-lovable Leroy Jethro Gibbs with his head whacky and rules has made NCIS one of my all-time favorite shows ever, but all good things must end. It was fall of 2013 dawning the last goodbye between two people that were meant to be together a beautiful Mossad kickass agent (Ziva) and the walking movie encyclopedia (Tony) with a charismatic smile. The subtle banter between smart, adorable agent (Timothy) and gothic beauty in black (Abby) while they enjoy their jobs as solving cases with their intellect and electronics fades with the stroke of a delete key. Performing an autopsy while getting to know the victims through historical facts and care (Ducky); as a young man ridiculous humor in an attempt to be a better Ducky (Jimmy).
After episodes of warming up to the hard noised Director Vance, we finally see and embraced his softer side by allowing Gibbs to reunite his team and stay out of his way to get the job done. The director humbled himself by working side-by-side with Gibbs and the team after the death of his wife, which made him more likable. The real loss of Ralph Waite as Gibbs NCIS father has really put the icing on the cake. I thought I was heartbroken by Kate's death, the departure of Tony's true and the arrival of Bishop, who may very well be a nice person, but clearly the wrong person for this cast. It saddens me, but I must say goodbye to NCIS. It would be refreshing for writers to actually listen to the fans and make changes that will save a hit show instead of burying it quickly.
NCIS has truly been a joy to watch over the years and I will continue to watch the reruns, but I will miss Mark Harmon, Cote de Pablo, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette, Sean Murray, David McCallum, Rocky Carroll, Brian Dietzen, and Ralph Waite.
I have watched NCIS from the start- this season is by far the worse - it looks like the show has come to the end and they don't care any more with Bishop as a character. Always NCIS cared about the characters and quality of the show - now - Tuesday can come and go and its is as bad as the previous week.
The newcomer needs to go. She does not fit in with the team and is a complete distraction. I haven't watched much this season simply because the team is no longer interesting especially with the newcomer being so annoying...
How does losing one character in a top rated show for years tear it apart?? Losing Ziva has taken the very core from the show.. It is not the same, characters are all different , I feel like I am watching a complete disaster .. I have watched NCIS for years.. One of the few decent shows left, but now... I hope Ziva will come back before NCIS sinks.. And I really don't want that to happen. Ok it's 3 weeks later and with all the lowest of low rating, apparently CBS IS NOT LISTENING!!!!! This show has been rated high for years.. CBS , is this what you want??? You are losing viewers every day! NCIS is like watching a reality show where everybody got a different script... This season has been an insult to the NCIS characters that we all loved. I just cannot stand to endure another episode .. It seems the writers are just as lost without Ziva... Jus saying.....
This has been the absolutely worst season of NCIS to date. What are TPTB smoking at CBS!? First, they play hardball with CDP regarding the length of her contract and foolishly let her go. Then, they write the lamest exit for her character (one that was so out of character you wonder if the writer even knew anything about Ziva) and give her very little screen time considering it was the "farewell to Ziva episodes. Then, they have the other characters with the exception of Tony acting as if her character never existed. Then they create a very unlikable character and hire a mediocre actress to play the part, making her a regular before seeing how the audience felt about her (which was very stupid, considering how many fans have voiced displeasure of almost every character GG has created). Then, they have all the other characters accept this horrible character immediately (which is so out of character for them, especially Gibbs and Abby). Then they basically force this character down our throats, basically pushing the main characters aside. They then have the other characters act like lame ducks. Most of the story lines this season have been boring and sometimes just plain stupid! And despite a large percentage of people declaring their dislike of the character of Bishop (at least 85%), CBS stubbornly won't get rid of her! Most of the fans don't want Luna Lovegood or Barbie. And despite CBS's claims, many fans want Ziva back. CBS needs to wake up and get rid of EW and give CDP whatever she wants to come back. Otherwise the show will continue to go down the toilet and will lose people who have been fans for years! For those who agree, leave feedback at CBS, sign the petition to get CDP back, join Operation Bring back Cote and best of all STOP WATCHING!
I thought that I was the only one who didn't like the new character Elle. After reading the reviews below I can see that I'm not the only one.
I'm having trouble with Elle because her being part of the team just DOESN'T make sense. All these years the show has been on the air the agents have done fine solving cases with just the agents and now suddenly they can't solve anything without Elle's help. WTF?! I understand that at times the NSA analysts have the background and that's just where that character needs to be in the away from the team and most important FAR away from show.
I understand they wanted to fill the void left by Cote` De Pablo but seriously adding the character Elle was the best they could do?! If that's the case then maybe it's time to just take the series off the air. Don't get me wrong that isn't what I want but I feel that the new character is ruining the dynamic of the show.
Why couldn't they have just hired another actress to play a bona-fide NCIS agent or take a page from the show "Bones" and have a bunch of newbies on the show, sort of like an interns until they decided which person they want to permanently hire for Gibb's unit. I mean how long did it take for Ziva to become a bona-fide member of the team and yet Elle becomes a permanent member after a few months!!! Yeah, she's already been vetted by the NSA but that doesn't mean she should be a field agent! Why the hell do they need profiler in the field with them???!!! I thought the name of the show was NCIS not @%&$ Criminal Minds!!!
This new character reminds me of the last few seasons of "Charmed". I can't speak for anyone else but I missed Shannen Doherty character Pru and felt the addition of Rose McGowan and her stupid character Paige ruined the dynamic of the series. Charmed went from being about helping the innocents to just about every other episode being about Paige and her idiotic shenanigans!!! I pray that the people responsible for NCIS will see the light before it's too late!
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