George Eads taking CSI leave of absence as Marg Helgenberger confirms return
Story by Jack Foley
GEORGE Eads is reportedly taking a leave of absence from CSI during the middle part of its 14th series.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor threatened to quit the show after disagreeing with the creative direction his character, Nick Stokes, was being taken in.
Sources quoted by the industry magazine suggest that the actor had “a heated exchange” with one of the writers, which came to the attention of showrunner Carol Mendelsohn, and which resulted in a meeting between the two parties at which Eads threatened to quit.
A representative for Eads has so far declined to comment but CBS TV Studios said in a statement: “George Eads will not appear in several episodes during the first half of the season. We look forward to him returning to CSI very soon.”
The report states that Eads will appear in the first three episodes of the 14th series but his absence will then be addressed in the fourth episode, the 300th episode.
This, in turn, will bring back CSI veteran Marg Helgenberger, whose character Catherine will be seen to hand-pick Stokes to receive special training at Quantico. The actress will only be on hand to mark the 300th episode landmark.
Eads is one of only three actors who have been with CSI from the start in 2000, along with Paul Guilfoyle and Eric Szmanda.
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