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William Petersen agrees to stay with CSI

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 1st 2008 12:28PM
PetersenEvery time he thinks he's out, they pull him back in again! No, just kidding. It's not like that. This isn't Michael in Godfather 3. Nobody's forcing anyone.

However, it is true that William Petersen is returning to CBS's CSI for the ninth season. This is great news for fans of the show -- and the star -- because for years now he's been yelping about leaving the hit series to do other things. Last year, for example, he was written off the show for a brief hiatus in which Liev Schreiber was cast as a temporary replacement for Gil Grissom in the Las Vegas crime lab.

Petersen's new one year deal is very flexible. He'll still be well-paid -- $600,000 per episode -- but he'll be doing less shows in order to appear in the play Dublin Carol. That was the same show that prompted the Schreiber fill-in last season. This year, Petersen has been booked into the Upstairs Theater in Chicago for a November 13-December 21 staging of the Christmas drama.

The way CSI is crafted, Grissom's absences are fairly easy to write into the storytelling. The plots are driven by situations and events outside the lab and rarely are the characters the prime-movers of the stories. If Grissom decides to go up the Amazon and search for a new strain of spider, he'll be missed, but the CSI gang will go on without him. That's not to say that William Petersen doesn't bring a lot to the table. He does -- star power. He's the face of CSI and if he left for good, the show would suffer.

As a loyal viewer, I think the producers -- including Petersen who has a shingle as executive producer -- should do what they did last year and get a star like Liev to do a mini-arc. That opens the door for a wide array of really interesting and top-notch stars who may only want to do a drop in guest turn.

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Diane

I am happy that William and Marg stayed on the show.
I will miss Gary, but he has his hands full of his own personal problems. Glad they are bringing back Jorja Fox she has a humor and adds to Grissoms character with her comments. Love her temper and anti-establishment policy makers.

May 25 2008 at 2:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dan Chichian

That is great as long as Jorja Fox stays away. Hopefully as part of his new contract he asked to never be put in the spot of playing a latent pedophile to Fox's Electra .

April 02 2008 at 12:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Will

Yeah, I would think it would be real hard to walk away from $600,000 a show. But, he probably already has millions stashed away. You ever notice that the paparazzi are never chasing Petersen down the street? And I've never seen him do a talk show appearance, not Leno, Letterman, no where. You'd think he show up somewhere, since the show is so highly rated. Kind of strange.

April 02 2008 at 7:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
trtlsoup2001

So glad! That's my FAVORITE CSI (and favorite drama next to Law and Order) and though Marg Helgenberger could hold her own if she had to, I love William Peterson in it. He's such a character!

April 02 2008 at 12:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
The Pepto Pimp

Patty, CSI is back from the writer's strike with new episodes this week.

Dave, did you know that CSI (Vegas) is the highest rated one-hour drama in the US? I'm thinking that's why CBS is happy to continue to renew it.

April 01 2008 at 2:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Patty

When is CSI returning with new shows?

April 01 2008 at 2:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jez

woo hoo! awesome news.

April 01 2008 at 1:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dave

You must be joking. They are giving CSI a ninth season? You gotta know when to walk away, CBS.

April 01 2008 at 1:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Franklin

CBS knows when to walk away: when the money stops rolling in from the show. So far, this is still a hit and a huge money-maker for the network. As long as it's a cash cow they'll keep it on.

April 01 2008 at 2:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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