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Ted Danson to replace Laurence Fishburne in CSI

Ted Danson

Story by Jack Foley

TED Danson is to replace Laurence Fishburne in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

The former Cheers star will step in to become new team leader, following CBS’ surprise decision not to renew Fishburne’s contract after two and a half years on the procedural. Find out more

The Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor will play the new CSI supervisor for the grave shift after heading the crime lab in Portland.

He will enter the fray as his team is still struggling to come to terms with the professional and personal fallout from last season’s storyline involving the serial killer Nate Haskell (Bill Irwin).

In a statement announcing Danson’s casting on Tuesday, executive producer Carol Mendelsohn said: “You can create a new character on the page, but until the perfect actor comes along and breathes life into it, it’s just words. We’re very excited Ted Danson came along.”

Danson has his work cut out attempting to revive CSI‘s fortunes, for while the show still represents a formidable part of theCBS line-up, ratings have dropped since original star William Petersen departed the show in December 2008.

Indeed, the series posted its lowest-rated finale ever in May, drawing 11.4 million viewers.

In spite of this, however, CSI remains the most-watched series in the world.

Danson will make his debut in the season 12 premiere.

He will also remain a series regular on HBO’s Bored to Death.

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  1. Good, if surprise, choice.

    Jane    Jul 15    #