When Will ‘NCIS’ Season 17 with Cote de Pablo’s Ziva Start Filming?

If you’re like most NCIS fans, you’re waiting anxiously for season 17 to begin. The cliffhanger with Ziva David showing up at Gibbs’ house is just too much to handle. Fans want answers, but those answers won’t be coming until the show resumes. When will the cast and crew get back to work so we can finally know what’s happening with Gibbs and Ziva? Here’s what we know about when NCIS season 17 with Cote de Pablo’s Ziva will begin taping.

The NCIS season 16 finale

Part of the NCIS season 16 finale was focused on Gibbs and his unusual behavior. At one point, he was talking to the ghost of his dead ex-wife, Diane. She appears after Emily Fornell is taken to the emergency room due to an opioid overdose. Diane shows up at Gibbs house to convince him to find the person responsible for Emily’s overdose. Ziva shows up at the very end, declaring that Gibbs is in danger.

What’s planned for NCIS season 17

Cote de Pablo and NCIS cast | Robert Voets/CBS via Getty Images
Cote de Pablo and NCIS cast | Robert Voets/CBS via Getty Images

So far, the producers have only shared nuggets of information. In a statement, they said Cote de Pablo will reprise her role during the NCIS season 17 premiere. However, they didn’t provide additional detail about whether she would come back for more shows after that, or if she was planning to rejoin the cast.

Where is Cote de Pablo?

Cote de Pablo | Jacopo Raule/Getty Images
Cote de Pablo | Jacopo Raule/Getty Images

Cote de Pablo has been quiet ever since her surprise appearance as Ziva. Fans are wondering why she hasn’t spoken up about why she decided to come back to the show and what her plans are. It’s possible CBS bosses don’t want her to speak up for fear she might accidentally reveal season 17 spoilers. As of this writing, de Pablo is wrapping up production on a movie titled Seneca, in which she’s set to play the role of Celeste.

This is when NCIS season 17 will begin filming

Cote de Pablo with NCIS cast | Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images
Cote de Pablo with NCIS cast | Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images

According to Carter Matt, he predicts NCIS season 17 will begin taping roughly mid-July. He says NCIS usually starts filming the upcoming season during the second or third week of the month. So far, an official announcement has not been made about the start of taping, but stars of the show usually announce it on their social media pages. So, keep an eye out on Twitter and Instagram if you’re hungry for show updates. 

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