Immediately after Caitlin’s death, fans of the show instantly “flooded Internet message boards with angry postings directed at Bellisario”. However soon after Bellisario announced that Alexander’s replacement was coming soon and it would be “a new female lead character […], quite different from the conservative Agent Todd. A ‘European or Australian girl who is very comfortable with her femininity and sexuality'”. Ergo, welcome the Chilean actress Cote de Pablo, AKA Ziva David.
That’s High Praise
Bellisario spoke highly on Tony’s character development over the seasons, “I can’t say enough about Michael Weatherly…He started out on NCIS [playing] a character who was just very unlikable to some women because he was just such a chauvinist, and he has gradually over the [seasons] changed. Taken his character and softened it.”