Multiple Emmy and Golden Globe Award Winner Ted Danson will join the cast of CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION this season, replacing Laurence Fishburne, who exited the series at the end of this past season.
CBS announced the casting news on Wednesday. The venerable forensic series begins its 12th season this fall.
Danson will play the new CSI Supervisor for the grave shift after heading the crime lab in Portland. He comes to the team as they are still grappling with the professional and personal fallout from last season’s take-down of serial killer, Nate Haskell.
“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,” Executive Producer Carol Mendelsohn said. “We’re very excited Ted Danson came along.”
“From the moment we all started talking about the role, it was clear he couldn’t be more perfect,” said Executive Producer Don McGill. “Intelligence, wit, warmth, depth of character and emotion, he brings it all. And now he’ll have to bring latex gloves, too.”
Danson will remain a series regular on the critically acclaimed HBO series, Bored to Death. He has also recently garnered accolades for his roles on “Damages” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
Danson recently published his first book, Oceana: Our Endangered Oceans and What We Can Do to Save Them, currently available in book stores.
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