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Mindy Kaling Voicing and Writing New Animated Series, 'Secret Circle' Promotes Hunk and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 8th 2011 12:30PM
Mindy KalingMindy Kaling, one of the only reasons to watch 'The Office' this season, is at work on a new animated series with 'The Office' and 'King of the Hill' executive producer Greg Daniels.

According to Deadline, she'll write, executive produce and voice a character on the series about a girls high school volleyball team.

'Parks and Recreation' producer Alan Yang is also working on a new animated project with Daniels. Yang's series is about a group of Los Angeles twentysomething guys who share a house in Hancock Park.

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Marg Helgenberger's Teary Goodbye to 'CSI'

by Chris Harnick, posted Dec 8th 2011 10:20AM
Marg Helgenberger's Teary GoodbyeIt's been 12 years of blood, small fibers and gun powder residue for Marg Helgenberger on 'CSI,' but the time has come for her to say goodbye.

"It's been a fifth of my life, and it's been quite a ride," Helgenberger said in a new 'Entertainment Tonight' video. "How can I leave this? ... It's so much more than a job and that's why it has such an impact on me."

Helgenberger has played Catherine Williows on the CBS series since the series premiered in 2000. She's seen cast members leave only to return -- Jorja Fox -- and welcomed several new castmates, most recently Ted Danson. The cast is optimistic Helgenberger hasn't swabbed her last mouth.

"Every other day I'd make some joke about her staying," Danson said. "I totally get it. Eleven and a half years is a long time and part of you must want to strut your stuff elsewhere."

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Elisabeth Shue Will Replace Marg Helgenberger On 'CSI' and More TV News

by Laura Prudom, posted Nov 18th 2011 5:30PM
Elisabeth ShueOscar nominee Elisabeth Shue is joining the cast of CBS' flagship procedural 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation' as a replacement for Marg Helgenberger, Deadline reports.

Shue, whom CBS has allegedly been courting for years, is set to become the new female lead opposite Ted Danson, who in turn replaced original cast-member William Petersen last year. Shue will play a new investigator who joins the team amid rumors that D.B. Russell (Danson) fired her when she worked for him in Seattle. Fresh from an anger management course, we expect tensions to flare between Shue's character and her new-old boss.

Helgenberger will no longer be a regular after this season, but she is expected to make occasional guest appearances. Shue's first episode will air on Feb. 15.

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Vigilante Justice And an Officer Down on 'CSI' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 17th 2011 3:00AM
'CSI: Crime Scene Invetigation' - 'Crime After Crime'The case took an ugly turn this week on 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation' (Wed., 10PM ET on CBS), when the officers found themselves having to take on one of their own. When a fellow cop started utilizing vigilante justice on guilty people who got away with murder, they were faced with an impossible situation.

On the one hand, these people were guilty and probably nobody knows it and feels it more than the officers who worked those cases. So in that regard, he's giving justice to someone who deserves it. But it's also murder, and it's outside the system they're sworn to uphold. But he's one of their own, too, so what do you do?

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Brass Gets a Surprise Account From Child Witness on 'CSI' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 10th 2011 3:15AM
'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation' - 'Brain Doe'When you're a detective interviewing witnesses to a violent crime, you have to be prepared to hear the unexpected. Captain Brass was trying to get a child witness, Declan, to explain what happened the night his father got shot on 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation' (Wed., 10PM ET on CBS).

Brass was confident he already knew that the mother had finally gotten fed up with the abuse and shot her husband. He just needed the kid to confirm his suspicions. And he got the story mostly right.

The man was shot because someone had had enough of the abuse, but it wasn't his wife that did it. It was Declan who shot and killed his father. Even more chilling, he said of the act, "And really, I've never felt better."

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The Elephant Man Suspected of Killing His Girlfriend on 'CSI' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 3rd 2011 5:00AM
'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation' - 'Freaks & Geeks'It was a circus side show case on 'CSI' (Wed., 10PM ET on CBS) when the Elephant Man's girlfriend went missing. She was in the sideshow as well, but more for sticking needles in her body and making herself into a human candelabra.

There's something about knowing you're innocent that makes it easier to deal with aggressive interrogation tactics, like those Catherine was using with him. Hearing "you killed her because she wanted her life back," when you know you didn't, makes the police seem almost desperate.

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Bubble Trouble: Why 'Pan Am,' 'Parks and Rec' and 12 Other Shows Could Go 'Pop!'

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 28th 2011 11:00AM
Bubble Shows 2011For producers of underperforming television shows, this is the scariest time of the year -- and it's got nothing to do with Halloween specials. By now, the glow of premiere season has long since worn off, and shows we couldn't wait to see just a few short months ago are in serious danger of getting the hook.

Truth be told, the majority of broadcast shows are floating precariously atop the cancellation bubble. A world without 'Fringe'? An NBC Thursday night without 'Community'? Folks, it could happen.

Take NBC: the struggling network is aggressively developing new shows, desperate for a hit. Can old standbys like 'Parks and Recreation' survive when big dogs Sarah Silverman and Dane Cook are all developing new shows at the Peacock network?

A few notches away on the dial, CBS's 'CSI' franchise is starting to fizzle and the network has its eye on new comedies. With three different 'CSI' shows, it's safe to say one will probably go.

Who will survive this season? Only time will tell, but any of these shows could be goners by May.

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Amy Sedaris Joins 'Good Wife,' 'CSI' Finds Hunk For Catherine & More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 19th 2011 11:30AM
Amy Sedaris Joins The Good WifeAmy Sedaris vs. Alan Cumming? We're so there! The 'Strangers With Candy' star is joining CBS's 'The Good Wife' as a nemesis for Cumming's character Eli Gold.

According to TVLine, Sedaris will play Stacie Hall, a lobbyist who starts poaching Eli Gold's clients.

"We love Amy. We sometimes have dreams of switching all the actors from 'The Wire' and 'Strangers With Candy,'" Robert and Michelle King, 'Good Wife' co-creators and executive producers, said in a statement to TVLine. "The next best thing is to have Amy playing Eli Gold's nemesis."

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'X Files' Star Heads to 'CSI,' Carla Gugino Joins 'Justified' and More Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 18th 2011 6:30PM
Annabeth Gish'The X Files' star Annabeth Gish is heading to 'CSI.'

According to EW, Gish will star in a three episode arc as a childhood friend from Catherine Willows' (Marge Helgenberger) past. Gish's character, Laura, is married to a billionaire military contractor honcho who is investigated by the CSI team. It turns out he may be involved in an arms theft.

Gish's arc starts with episode nine.

Marg Helgenberger is rumored to be leaving the series after the first 12 episodes, could Gish's character be involved in her character's departure?

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Too Many Confessions Complicate Things for the 'CSI' Team (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 29th 2011 6:00AM
'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation'Sometimes those aggressive tactics in the interrogation rooms can lead to false positives. That's what happened when Brass terrified a kid about getting destroyed in prison on 'CSI' (Wed., 10PM ET on CBS). The kid apparently thought they had him over a barrel, even though he didn't do it, so he confessed to the murders to try and get leniency.

Case closed, until a young woman came in saying they had the wrong guy and she was the one who murdered the family. Only later, they find more evidence in another guys' truck and when they bring him in for questioning, his father shows up and says he killed the family.

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Stokes Meets the New Boss, Played by Ted Danson, on 'CSI' Premiere (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 22nd 2011 6:30AM
Ted Danson, 'CSI' season premiere'Two and a Half Men' isn't the only show getting a new lead actor on television. For the second time in its run, 'CSI' (Wed., 10PM ET on CBS) welcomed a new leading man to the fold. They let the audience meet D.B. Russell (Ted Danson) alongside Stokes, who was coming back to the team after a three-week training session.

So we got to share in his confusion when we walked onto the crime scene and saw Russell lying there next to two dead bodies. "You must be Stokes," he said with a smile.

"Yeah," Stokes replied. "You must be contaminating the crime scene."

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Ted Danson Talks About Pulling Double Duty on 'CSI' and 'Bored to Death' (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Sep 21st 2011 1:00PM
Ted Danson will be pulling double-duty this Fall TV season, reprising his role as the eryudite stoner George Christopher on HBO's 'Bored to Death,' and taking on the new challenge of joining 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.' He stopped by 'Early' (9AM ET on CBS) where he talked to Chris Wragge about the pressure of joining such a long-running, successful show, and emphasized that even with all the work on his plate, he's still having a great time.

"It came out of the blue for me. It's unlike anything I've ever done," he said, "and I'm having a great time learning all this new stuff." Danson's got big shoes to fill, after Laurence Fishburne left the cast this offseason.

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'ER' Star Scrubs in for 'A Gifted Man,' 'I Hate My Teenage Daughter' Grabs Sexy 'Chuck' Actor & More TV Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 7th 2011 4:00PM
Eriq La Salle'ER' star Eriq La Salle has booked a recurring role on 'A Gifted Man.'

According to the Hollywood Reporter, La Salle will play Evan Morrison, a physician who treats people with emotional and behavioral problems. He'll appear in at least four episodes and may direct one episode of the new CBS drama.

The role reunites La Salle and former 'ER' executive producer Neal Baer.

"I have very fond memories of our time together on 'ER' and look forward to having Eriq portray another unforgettable character on 'A Gifted Man,'" Baer told THR.

'A Gifted Man' premieres Fri., Sept. 23, 8PM on CBS.

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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.'

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Marg Helgenberger Confirms 'CSI' Exit

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 3rd 2011 3:45PM
Marg HelgenbergerMarg Helgenberger, one of the original 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation' stars (can you believe it's been 11 years?), is leaving the popular CBS drama.

Helgenberger appeared onstage alongside new castmate Ted Danson as part of the 'CSI' panel at the 2011 TCA summer press tour and announced her plans to depart the series.

When asked if this would be her last season as Catherine Willows, Helgenberger said "Yes." However, Danson and George Eads joked it wouldn't be her last if they had anything say.

Over the last few years, Helgenberger has made no secret about her desire to move on from the series.

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