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Cote De Pablo Signs On For Chilean Miner Movie, But NCIS Return Still Possible

Cote De Pablo Signs On For Chilean Miner Movie, But NCIS Return Still Possible

Cote de Pablo is ready to kick off her her post-NCIS career, signing on to star in a movie about the 2010 rescue of 33 Chilean miners trapped underground for more than two months.

Cote is joining Antonio Bandares, Juliette Binoche, and Rodrigo Santoro in The 33, which is currently production in Chile with Patricia Riggen directing. The 33 will be a homecoming for Cote de Pablo, who was born in Chile and whose mother still lives there. She plays a wife of one of the miners.

Cote de Pablo left NCIS in July after failing to reach a new contract with CBS and the show’s producer, CBS TV Studios. The network noted that it did all it could to keep Cote on board, but ultimately it was her decision to part ways with the show.

“We offered Cote de Pablo a lot of money — and then we offered even more money. We didn’t want to lose her,” said CBS chief Les Moonves.

At the time de Pablo said she never intended to leave NCIS, but offered few details as to why negotiations went south.

“As far as my decision to leave, that’s a personal thing, and I’d rather leave it at that… The idea of leaving was not something I toyed around with for a long time. It was an overwhelmingly hard thing — at times terrifying,” Cote de Pablo told TV Guide.

But there is still a chance that Cote de Pablo could come back to NCIS, even if not as a full-time character. She kept the door open for a return, noting that the show has been known to recall old characters — and even dead ones.

“The greatest thing about this last episode is that Ziva doesn’t die,” she said. “As long as a character doesn’t die, the character can always come back. Not that it would actually matter, because we bring back characters from the dead all the time on NCIS.

Cote de Pablo can be seen in The 33, which is slated for release sometime later this year.

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11 Responses to “Cote De Pablo Signs On For Chilean Miner Movie, But NCIS Return Still Possible”

  1. Mary Lou Kahn

    This show is so flat without her. The new girl is deadly. Bring back Ziva so I can watch it again.

  2. Marje Anne

    Miss her on NCIS. No one will ever be as good as she was. I hope she at least does come back now and then if not for good.

  3. Anonymous

    Cote's replacement doesn't do her justice,I would love to see her reprise her role as ZIVA.
    The show has lost that I don't want to miss the next episode feeling .Now I can either take it or leave it !!

  4. Andrew Hass

    I do wish Cote DePlabo was still on NCIS but it was her decision to leave.Also the show getting about 20 million viewers without her.As for her replacement i'm sure it took some people time to accept Cote on the show too.Plus since Ziva is still alive there's always a chance she'll return.However right now the actress might want the freedom to do other stuff in her career when she has the chance and not be typecasted as one character.

  5. Joan Diane Elizabeth Asselin

    NCIS grew and flourished with Cote De Pablo playing the role of Ziva. She will always be a part of its success. She is missed. She may not have been the WHOLE show – but for ME she was the only remaining interesting part and now NCIS stories seem stale and dated and boring . The Team and Gibbs have been cockled by a blonde. I no longer watch.

  6. Shari Boyd

    When Kate was killed I was devastated… thought no way could NCIS ever be the same then they brought this Ziva chick in and honestly.. I wasnt a fan.. didnt like her at all – and I wasnt alone in that. But in time, she grew and her character grew and I grew to adore her in a different way than I adored Kate – kinda the same way it happen with Abby, Gibbs, Tony and McGee… (she wasnt so popular with them early on either).. so so I miss Cote/Ziva – yes I do.. but I wont quit on my favorite show – I'm giving Emily the same chance I gave Cote… and I'm sure she too will win my heart not as a replacement… but as another character to love on a show I've followed since they were random guests on JAG

  7. Eric Eze Maze

    Unfortunately this is actually wrong. It was not her decision. I just read a tumblr from former writer of the show. CBS fired her and didnt want to pay her. It was written that it is common practice in the industry to not discuss contracts. This is why it was handled that way.