When speaking with BUILD Series about her career and returning to “NCIS” during Season 17, Cote de Pablo noted that many aspects of playing Ziva again were excellent. Still, she struggled when she returned to “NCIS” as the fight scenes were more difficult after being away from the show. Not only that, but one of her fights during Season 17 took about three hours to shoot, which isn’t atypical for the show. “So you show up to set, and you do the best you can with the fight sequence, and you do it once, but you know you’re going to be doing it for three hours because it takes three hours to shoot one,” Pablo said.
It’s no secret that being on “NCIS” in general can be quite exhausting with their shooting schedule. Timothy McGee actor Sean Murray explained in a 2020 interview with StarryMag that sometimes the entire shoot per day can be 12 hours long. Include a three-hour fight scene within that, and you have a pretty tiring work day for anyone. It will be interesting to see if Ziva or Tony returns in Season 20. Still, given that an executive producer on the show has noted Michael Weatherly’s desire to rest for a moment after the end of “Bull,” fans might have to wait a little longer (via Newsweek).