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William Petersen Plans 'CSI' Return, 'Wonder Years' Star Visits 'SVU' & More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 22nd 2011 6:00PM
William PetersenWilliam Petersen is planning a 'CSI' return to coincide with one very big exit.

According to TV Guide Magazine, Petersen will return to help longtime 'CSI' star Marg Helgenberger exit the series.

"[Petersen] told me he's going to come back this season to help us with Marg's exit," series star George Eads said.

Helgenberger is set to exit the series in January.

The last time Petersen made an appearance on 'CSI' was in surprise cameo in the Feb. 2011 episode 'The Two Mrs. Grissoms.'

In other casting news ...

Dan Lauria has booked an unsavory 'Law & Order: SVU' role. Lauria, known to a viewers as Jack Arnold from 'The Wonder Years,' will play a youth basketball coach suspected of being a sexual predator. 'Necessary Roughness' star Mechad Brooks, rapper Heavy D and basketball players Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh will also appear. [TV Guide]

Dylan Baker is returning to 'The Good Wife.' Baker will reprise the role of Colin Sweeney when Alicia needs his help on a case. Look for the episode in October. [TVLine]

Nina Kronjager will guest-star on 'Covert Affairs.' The German actress will play an ex-girlfriend of Arthur. [TV Guide]

Lily Rabe is joining the cast of 'American Horror Story.' Rabe will play the original owner of the house the main characters buy. Her story will be told via flashbacks to the 1920s. [E! Online]

Cobra Starship plans to rock '90210.' The band will appear in a Rock the Vote episode of The CW show in October. [EW]

Harry Groener, aka the Mayor on 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer,' will guest star on 'Once Upon a Time.' He'll appear in the first episode Jane Espenson is writing. [Jane Espenson via Twitter]

'Dawson's Creek' actress Meredith Monroe is moving to 'Hawaii.' Monroe will guest star on 'Hawaii Five-0' as an unhappy wife who steals from her husband, only to find out the money wasn't his. Kidnapping ensues. [EW]

It's a family reunion on 'NCIS'! Robert Wagner will reprise his role as Tony's dad, Ralph Waite will be back as Gibbs' father. Plus, Abby's getting a brother. [TVLine]

Flashback: Petersen & Helgenberger talk 'CSI'

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I don't think he came back. I was watching the last two shows that Catherine did and I never saw him. R Phillips

February 01 2012 at 10:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

ted danson is a hugh mistake! I thought "jack" from without a trace would have been perfect. they had crossover shows in the past so he was known to the team and would have been a perfect fit. Oh well, who listens to fans these days?

September 11 2011 at 4:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Alisa Neely

i'm sad to see catherine go, but it will be GOOD to see grissom again.....i saddly see this being the LAST season for the show....to LOSE this many original stars can't be good.

TPTB made a HUGE mistake in hiring ted danson, imo.


August 24 2011 at 4:47 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

CSI was my favorite tv show, was being the key word!! I was upset when Sara left, was even more upset when they killed off Warwick and then when Grissom left.....well, I stopped watching it pretty much!! I tried to give Fishburne a chance but he is no Gil Grissom!!! It will be nice to see him on to see Catherine off. I will watch that episode!! It's sad when the original cast members slowly leave the show!! Most shows do not survive as long as CSI did as they lost original cast members. I too feel that once Catherine is gone the show will go "belly-up!"

August 23 2011 at 8:10 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

It'lll be nice having Wm. Peterson back. All the cast is good but his personality added an extra punch to the show. I hate to see Helgenberger leave since she's one of the originals. I do think she should restyle her hair, however. A shorter style would look better on her. I'm glad Sara is back, too.

August 23 2011 at 7:22 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Sure wish he would return and stay with the show. It has not been the same since he left!

August 23 2011 at 6:30 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply

Ted Danson will kill the show .

August 23 2011 at 6:19 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
Fred The Father

Great to have Grissom back--sorry to see Marg move on. I'm sure it still has enough 'regular viewers' to hold on another year or two. It's already gone well beyond what series seem to do these days. Grissom and Jorga Fox need to re-kindle their 'magic.' That would be a treat. CSI and NCSI--along with the "Law and Order"--are still outstanding franchises with a lot of 'life' left in them. As long as they 'fill the shoes of exiting' actors, that's fine with me. Good luck wiht the show. Welcome back Grissom.

August 23 2011 at 6:08 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

No you won't change Ms. Helgenberger's mind. She already has talked to her agent, who talked to thier attorney, who notified CBS

August 23 2011 at 6:03 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Too bad Ms. Helgenberger is leaving. When she was put in charge of everybody, then CSI; Vegas (lot easier than spelling out the full title) had more credibility

August 23 2011 at 6:02 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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