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Elisabeth Shue to become CSI series regular

Elisabeth Shue

Story by Jack Foley

ELISABETH Shue is to become a series regular on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation it has been announced.

The Oscar-nominated star of films such as Leaving Las Vegas (pictured) and, more recently, Piranha 3D, will replace the departing Marg Helgenberger.

Her character is scheduled to appear in February in the US and will arrive fresh off an anger management course amid rumors that Ted Danson’s new bos, DB Russell, fired her when she worked for him in Seattle.

Helgenberger will depart CSI after more than 250 episodes. But series executive producer Carol Mendelsohn was upbeat about her replacement.

She told The Hollywood Reporter: “While it’s difficult to say goodbye to a beloved character like Catherine Willows, it’s exciting to start a journey with a new CSI, especially when that character is played by Elisabeth Shue. The new CSI also struggles with ‘brutal honesty issues’ and suffers no fools.”

The high-profile new cast members are expected to help revive CSI‘s fortunes, which has been shedding viewer figures since the departure of original star William Petersen in December 2008.

The series posted its lowest-rated finale ever in May, drawing 11.4 million viewers, but it remains the most-watched series in the world.

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