NCIS season 17 is coming to CBS this September and the first table read of the new series was a few weeks ago. Wilmer Valderrama who plays Nick Torres, posted a picture from the NCIS season 17 table read which may have revealed a huge hint about the upcoming premiere. Ziva David actress Cote de Pablo does not feature in the picture, but Valderrama did mention her in the post.
Did Wilmer Valderrama drop a huge hint about NCIS season 17?
As previously speculated by fans, the premiere episode of NCIS season 17 is going to focus on the return of Ziva David (played by Cote de Pablo).
This was confirmed by Valderrama’s Instagram post, which read: “Aaaaaaannnd we are back on set, the first table read for #NCIS Season 17th.. [sic].”
He added that: “This season premiere is [fire emoji] (One word.. Ziva)”
As well as seeming to reveal that the first episode will follow on from the shock reveal of Ziva at the end of NCIS series 16, the post also seems to suggest that ‘Ziva’ may be the title of the season 17 premiere.
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Although de Pablo does not actually feature in Valderramas picture, she is assumed to be at the table read.
Valderrama only shows us half of the table, with NCIS stars like Emily Wickersham who plays Ellie Bishop, Timothy McGee who portrays Sean Murray and Rocky Carroll better known as Leon Vance in shot.
However, Valderrama’s tags for the image also reveals that Brian Dietzen who plays Jimmy Palmer, Diona Reasonover who stars as Kasie Hines and Maria Bello who portrays Jack Sloane are also there.
However, there seem to be another four people that we cannot see, which are likely to include not only Ziva but also Leroy Gibbs star and producer Mark Harmon.
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Fans seemed to agree with this, with one writing: “I bet Ziva is on the other side of that table!”
However, this leaves a few places free, with fans speculating that Michael Weatherley could also be at the table read as Tony DiNozzo.
One NCIS fan commented: “Omg I cant wait to see it. Ziva Ziva. We need Tony too please. (sic)”
Ziva was confirmed to be returning for the NCIS season 17 premiere back in May.
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The NCIS showrunners released a statement after Ziva returned at the end of season 16, saying: “This surprise moment is just the beginning.
“We are thrilled to share that Cote de Pablo will guest star in the NCIS Season 17 premiere this Fall as Ziva’s warning to Gibbs unfolds.”
NCIS season 17, episode one has been confirmed to return to CBS on Tuesday, September 24.
Although the UK release date has not been revealed yet, the episode is expected to air on Fox a few weeks after the US premiere.
NCIS season 17 airs September 24 on CBS