‘NCIS’: Will We See Emily Wickersham’s Replacement on Tonight’s Season 19 Premiere?

by Lauren Boisvert

With Emily Wickersham off NCIS, who’s going to replace her? Is there a replacement?

Ellie Bishop ended season 18 by leaving as a “disgraced NCIS agent,” a ploy that, according to Express, was intentional. Instead of being killed off, or just leaving to do something else never to be revisited again, Bishop left to go undercover alongside Odette Malone, played by Elayn J. Taylor.

The reason she left was because 10 years earlier she leaked confidential NSA documents. This, apparently, was part of something much larger than even the NCIS.

Does this mean there’s potential for Ellie Bishop to return? There’s some untapped potential there for one of the agents to run into her somewhere while she’s undercover, bringing her back into the fold.

Wickersham’s Instagram post from earlier this year made it seem like Ellie is gone for good, though; “This business is finicky and weird and consistency is a rarity,” she wrote in her caption. “I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of a show where I got to show up and act and laugh and learn with wonderful people.”

Who’s Replacing Emily Wickersham?

Potentially, Jessica Knight, played by Katrina Law, could be Ellie Bishop’s replacement on the NCIS team. She was introduced near the end of season 18, where the special agent saw her entire team killed during a case. What better way to introduce a new character than to get rid of any and all loose ends? Like, say, an entire team of agents.

Wickersham leaving and Law stepping up seems like the perfect stars-aligning moment for Law’s character. Now, the NCIS team has a spot open, and who’s going to fill it? It looks like Katrina Law will be a part of the cast all throughout season 19, so it’s a good guess that Jessica Knight has some fashionable shoes to fill.

Where to Watch ‘NCIS’ Season 19 Premiere

Season 19 premieres tonight, Sept. 20 at 9/8c on CBS. The show recently got a new time slot for the first time in 18 years, moving from Tuesdays at 8 to Mondays at 9. NCIS is now followed by the new series NCIS: Hawaii at 10.

Fans can watch the show on CBS and CBS.com with a cable provider login. If you cut the cords on cable and don’t get live TV anymore, you can still watch on Hulu’s live TV option, YouTube TV, and DirecTV Stream.

After this 4 episode premiere arc, diehard fans should start getting excited; NCIS is supposedly returning to its original formula, focusing more on mystery-of-the-week episodes and less on long story arcs. The format has worked for NCIS for the last 18 years, so they must be doing something right.