Tuesday, April 23, 2024

“NCIS” Cost Cuts Actress Emily Wickersham After Seven Seasons, Only 2 Original Actors Remain After 18 Years

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Bishop is outta here.

Actress Emily Wickersham is budget axed from “NCIS” after seven seasons. She said good bye to her character, Bishop, on Instagram.

“This business is finicky and weird and consistency is a rarity,” she wrote. “Time goes fast.
Eat it up but chew slowly.”

Wickersham arrived shortly after Cote de Pablo exited years ago. Pauley Perrette left, so did David McCallum. “NCIS” after 18 seasons is down to just two original actors, Mark Harmon — who owns part of the show and isn’t leaving until the show ends — and Sean Murray, who I hope lives in a mansion at least half as big as Harmon’s.

As I’ve said before, as shows get this old, either actors take pay cuts or they exit. Budgets contract. The top people are taking all the money, leaving crumbs for those below. Some of the actors get extra pay with producer credits.

Maybe in their respective 20th seasons, “Greys Anatomy” and “NCIS” will merge, Gibbs will marry Meredith Grey, the Navy will do investigations in Seattle — it is a seaport — and Mark Harmon and Ellen Pompeo will form one massive entity. Intriguing!

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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