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BREAKING: Ted Danson Named New 'CSI' Boss

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jul 12th 2011 10:20PM
Ted DansonThe lab at 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation' has been in some very capable hands over the years -- first William Petersen, then Laurence Fishburne and now Ted Danson is taking over the reins.

EW is reporting that Danson will be the drama's leading man for the upcoming 12th season, playing the CSI's grave shift supervisor after transferring from the Portland crime lab.

"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," said executive producer Carol Mendelsohn. "We're very excited Ted Danson came along."

After CBS's exhaustive search to find a worthy person to pass the torch to, they actually managed to come up with an intriguing, well-known and likable choice -- and one that we never thought of.

Emmy-winning Danson is no stranger to TV. He's best known for playing Sam Malone on 'Cheers,' the title character on 'Becker,' "himself" on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm,' the ethically challenged Arthur Frobisher on 'Damages' (the role that nabbed him three Emmy nominations) and, most recently, as the pot-smoking magazine editor co-starring with Zach Galafianakis and Jason Schwartzman on HBO's 'Bored to Death,' on which he'll remain a series regular.

EW reports that offers also went out to Tony Shalhoub, Robin Williams and John Lithgow, to name but a few, before the studio landed on Danson.

"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."

What do you think of the casting choice?

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Theresa

I think he will do just fine...

July 31 2011 at 1:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chris Brannigan

"The lab at 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation' has been in some very capable hands over the years -- first William Petersen, then Laurence Fishburne and now Ted Danson is taking over the reins"

Fishburne was only a CSI 2, he was NEVER in charge of the lab. Catheine (Marg Helgenberger) is currently grave shift supervisor. Whats happening to her when Danson comes in?

July 19 2011 at 5:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Captain

What are they smoking at CBS?? First the 2 1/2 men fiasco and now Ted Danson, a comedian, as boss? Don't buy CBS stock. Loonies! How about switching and have Ted in 2 1/2 men and Charlie in CSI? Makes more sense

July 19 2011 at 5:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
deeseascaper2

There is another actor I would have liked to have been given consideration and that is Jamey Sheridan (original police captain boss on Law & Order: Criminal Intent). He's a great actor and would have really fit the part on CSI as boss. And he does also have a "tweak" of a William Petersen personality about him as well, so if we couldn't have the original back, Jamey Sheridan would have been a great choice. Just sayin'. ;-)

July 18 2011 at 11:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Aurora

I like Ted D. But only time will tell.

July 18 2011 at 8:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Aurora

I like Ted, but only time wil tell.

July 18 2011 at 8:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
abcstarfox

I will definately watch the show. I think Danson is a fine actor,
in both comedy and drama. .Break a leg Ted.

July 18 2011 at 6:48 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
ROBERTA

I stopped watching...I certainly will tune in to see Ted Danson. Great move for a wonderful show.

July 18 2011 at 3:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hbluesss

will miss Laurence Fishburn, but welcome Ted Danson

July 18 2011 at 3:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ljbury

Love this choice. Danson has a tremendous acting range - I don't understand all who say he is boring. Perhaps stiff at times, but his comic timing and dramatic droll is superb. I for one, love it.

July 18 2011 at 12:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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