When talking to BUILD Series about his career and his return to NCIS in season 17, Cote de Pablo noted that many aspects of Ziva’s acting were once again excellent. However, she struggled when she returned to NCIS as the action scenes were more difficult after she was out of the show. Not only that, one of her fights in season 17 was filmed for about three hours, which is atypical for the show. “So you come to the set and you do your best with the fight scene and you do it once, but you know you’ll be doing it for three hours because it takes three hours to shoot one.” Pablo said.
It’s no secret that working for NCIS can be quite exhausting with their filming schedule. Timothy McGee actor Sean Murray explained in an interview 2020 interview with StarryMag that sometimes the whole shooting in a day can last 12 hours. Throw in a three-hour fight scene and you’ll have a pretty exhausting day at work for everyone. It will be interesting to see if Ziva or Tony return for season 20. However, with the show’s executive producer noting Michael Weatherly’s desire to get some rest after the end of Bull, fans may have to wait a bit. longer (through Newsweek).