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Justin Bieber on 'CSI': The Teen Idol Makes His Dramatic Acting Debut (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 24th 2010 8:48AM
Justin Bieber on 'CSI': The Teen Idol Makes His Dramatic Acting DebutJustin Bieber on 'CSI?' We'll admit that when we think of Justin Bieber, our next thought isn't usually "grisly murders and explosions."

The young heartthrob is known more for his floppy hair and his ability to turn crowds of young girls into a sobbing, screaming mass. But tonight on 'CSI' (Thu., 9PM ET on CBS), the 16-year-old singer made his network TV dramatic acting debut -- on a crime series known for its violence and gritty realism. Would "The Bieb" be able to make the transition to the world of serious acting?

[Warning: Spoiler alert.]


Tonight's season premiere picked up right where the last episode left off -- with Ray Langston (Laurence Fishburne) clinging to life after being attacked by serial killer Nate Haskell (Bill Irwin). Next, the 'CSI' team attends a funeral for a dead officer ... which is when a bomb goes off. At first, the team assumes that Haskell is behind the explosion. But then they uncover a series of clues that leads them to troubled teenager Jason McCann ... played by none other than young Mr. Bieber.

McCann's brother Alex is the main suspect in the bombing. But Jason is linked to the explosion as well. He's mixed up with a radical political organization, and he also purchased a toy plane that was used in the bombing. Is the teen an innocent bystander or a participant in murder?

To his credit, Bieber doesn't play his role in a "cute" or "cuddly" style. Rather, he goes for "rebellious" and even "angry." His character is brought in for an interrogation by Nick Stokes (George Eads), and shows flashes of disdain during questioning. "Where's your gun, your vest, your badge? You off work or something?" he says in a sarcastic tone. "[You] represent the authority," he tells Stokes. "Everything I hate. Just like you probably hate me."

His character's anger may represent an even deeper problem. Eventually, Jason's brother Alex is tracked down and is killed by the cops -- which should bring an end to the bombing. But then, there's another explosion in an abandoned building. Alex is dead, so he couldn't have done it. Could Jason be the vengeful bomber?

The episode ends with Bieber's character in jail, staring out from behind the bars with an evil glare. It's certainly a far cry from his usual bubbly persona.

What did you think of Justin Bieber's network acting debut? Did you find him convincing as a troubled teen?

Remember: If you liked his performance, his character's story isn't over yet -- he'll be back on the show in February 2011. So good or bad, there's more Bieber on the way.

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rich

Already I can't stand this kid.I thought at one time nobody could make me sicker then Brittany Spears but now I have a new one. He can't sing, he sounds like he's 4 years old and I think Madonna is a better actor then him. He's nothing but a cash cow to make the little girls "wet". HE STINKS (and I am not a jealous person)

September 27 2010 at 8:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
josh

this clip is such left wing drivel...written by some hollywood leftist who probably feels bad for roman polanski... we see a white man in front of american flag and bald eagle as somebody "evil"... and that "authority" is always good... i'm just surprised this episode wasn't produced in north korea.... it's just badly written left-wing propaganda

September 25 2010 at 12:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mike

Acting "career? The dude had maybe 50 words in that episode....that hardly sets a "career".

September 25 2010 at 11:40 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jim

Thank God this no talent kid's appearance was only 2 minutes long. He proved months ago on SNL he can't act and his performance on CSI was embarrassing. Other than his appearance, this episode was fantastic.

September 24 2010 at 10:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lips

Ughhhhhhh! He needs to give up acting now before he embarrasses himself. He also needs a haircut and style. Yuck.

September 24 2010 at 5:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
laytonjavier

Justin Biebers voice makes me want too throw up!

September 24 2010 at 1:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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September 24 2010 at 4:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jean frank

His little smirk at the end, well done. It will be interesting to see how it all translates next week. Will he be as great at this job as Taylor Swift was when she was on CSI?

September 24 2010 at 1:16 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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