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Two NCIS actors who crafted one of the most complex and beloved dynamics in the show's run to date are reuniting for CBS, but not on their old stomping grounds with Gibbs and Co. Michael Weatherly and Cote de Pablo, who played Tony DiNozzo and Ziva David on NCIS, are attached to a new drama at CBS that will once again feature crime-fighting and investigations. That said, it definitely won't be NCIS 2.0. Here's what we know.
Michael Weatherly and Cote de Pablo are slated to work as executive producers on a developing drama, called MIA. Neither actor is attached to star in the series, so fans hoping for more chemistry of the Tiva variety from these two sharing the screen again may be disappointed. That said, it's not altogether surprising that Weatherly at least probably won't have a large role in front of the camera if the show gets a series order. He's currently starring on CBS' Bull, which enters its third season in September with some significant changes.
If ordered to series, MIA will follow a homicide detective in Miami who is new to the force. Her partner has a great deal of experience and prefers to solve cases by-the-book. Her former undercover work threatens to impact her new life as a detective, however, as she still has connections to her final undercover assignment. Those "entanglements" put her career in jeopardy. Variety reports that MIA comes from writer and executive producer Shepard Boucher, who is known for work on Riverdale and Angie Tribeca.
CBS is no stranger to crime TV shows, what with three hit shows in the NCIS franchise, among others. In fact, the network is premiering two new crime TV shows this fall with the Magnum P.I. reboot and Dick Wolf's FBI. On the one hand, it's possible that CBS' lineup would be overloaded with crime series if MIA was added. On the other hand, the crime shows have done very well for the network, and Michael Weatherly and Cote de Pablo could be major draws for viewers, even if they won't necessarily appear on the show.
We can always hope that they do appear in front of the camera, however, especially since their characters didn't exactly get a happily-ever-after together on NCIS. Cote de Pablo didn't mince words when she explained her decision to depart in Season 11, and her absence is part of what motivated Michael Weatherly to feel that the time was right for Tony to move on in Season 13. His final arc revealed that Ziva had given birth to their child, unbeknownst to him, but she had died without telling him. The course of true love never did run smooth for those two characters. It's nice to know that their actors apparently had a good enough experience with each other that they're willing to work together again.
Stay tuned to CinemaBlend for the latest in TV news, and swing by our fall TV premiere schedule for what you can watch while waiting for news of this prospective series.