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Melina Kanakaredes Leaving 'CSI: NY'

by Kim Potts, posted Jul 12th 2010 4:40PM
It's not exactly LeBron James bidding Cleveland adieu, but Deadline.com's report that Melina Kanakaredes is leaving 'CSI: NY' after six seasons is another surprising bit of casting turmoil for CBS this summer.

"I made some amazing and lifelong friendships during my six seasons on 'CSI: NY,' and I will treasure them forever," Kanakaredes said via a statement.

EW.com reports that the actress may have been asked to take a pay cut, and when she refused, her role was axed altogether.

CBS' official comment: "We hoped Melina would return to 'CSI: NY' for another season, but we respect her decision to move on. Her amazing talent and invaluable contribution to the success of the series are greatly appreciated and will not be forgotten. She will forever remain a friend to the network and studio, and we wish her the very best."

And another surprise, this time a good one: Emmy-winner Sela Ward, has signed on to replace Kanakaredes. For more on Ward's involvement with the show, check out our report here. There's no word yet on whether or not Kanakaredes will return for an episode to wrap up her character's storyline when 'CSI: NY' returns in its new Friday, 9PM ET timeslot.


As for the outgoing actress, Kanakaredes, a Daytime Emmy nominee for the now-defunct soap 'Guiding Light,' has played tough, loyal Det. Stella Bonasera since 'CSI: NY' debuted in 2004. The 'CSI: NY' role followed her five seasons as the star of another hit drama, NBC's 'Providence,' as well as stints on 'NYPD Blue' and 'The Practice.'

On the big screen, her most recent role was in the Feb. 2010 adaptation of the novel 'Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief.'

Meanwhile, Kanakaredes' departure marks the latest in a string of high-profile personnel changes for CBS' crime dramas, which have been racking up a body count off-screen that threatens to rival their on-screen casualties. Since the TV season ended in May, 'CSI: Miami' fired Eddie Cibrian after his one season as Jesse Cardoza, A.J. Cook will return for just one episode in the fall to wrap up her storyline on 'Criminal Minds,' and Liz Vassey was also released from her role on the original 'CSI.'

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Denise Millette

She will be missed if she leaves csi ny' as is the people that keep leaving csi miami' and criminal minds. i feel the origional csi hasn't been the same since they took off william petersen and now marg helgenberger and gary dourdan the shows are not the same when you take away the people who make the shows

May 29 2012 at 6:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

As long as Danny is still on, i don't give a hoot !!
Now I don't have to see her tatas anymore.

October 29 2010 at 11:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I have also thought Sela Ward was a great actress until seeing her try to fill the role of Stella on CSI NY. It was terrible. CBS should wise up and bring Melina back. If they want to save money they should fire the idiot that decided not to give her the raise.

September 25 2010 at 2:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Moving CSI:NY to Friday is the death knell for it anyway. It is for any series.

July 19 2010 at 9:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Sorry to disagree...I think her on CSI NY performance was wooden and overacted. Her character never developed.

July 18 2010 at 1:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
myra smith


July 18 2010 at 12:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

always felt that the acting on this program was
predictable and and the plots were unchallenging
always felt that Melina could do better than CSI
while Sela is too "Garden Variety"

July 14 2010 at 7:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

have always loved Melina, and felt she could do better
than the role she was playing,Selas acting is to
pretictable and typical, she is like the titanic

July 14 2010 at 7:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Penny Glass

I am so sorry to hear that Melina Kanakaredes is leaving the show. I really like her. I watched the
show Providence when she was on it. Loved her.
I think it is unfair if she was the only one asked to take a pay cut. I am going to miss her very much.
I do feel that actors & actresses get way too much money & the ones that demand a salary increase
& will quit if they don't get it, well then quit, stop being so greedy, be happy you have a job.

July 14 2010 at 3:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm very sad to see Melina leave the show. Gary and Melina made a very interesting pair. She is a very good actress. And will be greatly missed.

July 13 2010 at 11:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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