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Laurence Fishburne Says Yes to More 'CSI'

by Kim Potts, posted Apr 20th 2010 9:30AM
His character is going to be involved in a major cliffhanger in the show's season 10 finale in May. But it's a pretty safe bet that Laurence Fishburne's Dr. Raymond Langston will make it out okay, since the actor has signed on for another season as 'CSI's' team leader.

The actor, who took over for William Petersen on the original 'CSI' series two seasons ago, has signed a deal to remain with the show at least through the 2010-11 TV season, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

And his Langston will be at the center of the season 10 finale (tentatively scheduled for May 27), as he engages in a mindgame battle with two serial killers: one played by 'Big Love's' creepy Alby, a.k.a. underrated actor Matt Ross, and the other by Bill Irwin, who reprises his role as "Dick and Jane Killer" Nate Haskell. Actor Marty Ingels (who's married to Shirley Jones and is also the stepfather to '70s teen heartthrob Shaun Cassidy) is also in talks to make a guest appearance in the finale.

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Ray Gets Angry on 'CSI' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 9th 2010 3:30AM
Ray Gets Angry on 'CSI'On the latest episode of 'CSI' (Thu., 9PM ET on CBS), Ray Langston (Laurence Fishburne) gets a little peeved with a potential suspect. But naturally, the suspect -- who is also a doctor -- has some words for him as well. "You'd love it if I was the killer," says the doctor.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Upcoming Pilots Offer Diverse Lineup, Says Report

by Laura Prudom, posted Feb 17th 2010 12:00PM
Casting for pilot season is halfway through and a welcome new trend seems to be emerging; the top-billed leads of four drama pilots are non-Caucasian, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

It doesn't hurt that these pilots are also among the highest profile projects on offer this season; 'Undercovers,' the 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith'-esque spy show from J.J. Abrams will feature Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Boris Kodjoe as its central couple (and a very attractive couple, at that), while Oscar winner Forest Whitaker will take the lead for CBS' 'Criminal Minds' spin-off.

Hunky Laz Alonso, last seen (kind of) as belligerent Na'vi warrior Tsu'tey in 'Avatar,' is set to front the Fox action-drama 'Breakout Kings,' which is directed and exec-produced by 'X-Men: Origins' helmer Gavin Hood. Freddy Rodriguez, last spotted on prime time as 'Ugly Betty' love-interest Gio, has been tapped to star in CBS' CIA drama 'Chaos,' from director and executive producer Brett Ratner.

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Pee-wee Herman's comeback show is fun and nostalgic - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 18th 2010 8:02AM
Paul Ruebens as Pee-wee Herman introducing his 2010 stage showSaturday night, I decided to get away from the hotel and join a small group of critics on a field trip to Club Nokia in downtown LA to see Paul Ruebens' new stage production of The Pee-wee Herman Show.

It was a heck of a lot of fun, which is saying a lot because I've never been a huge fan of Pee-wee or his classic CBS Saturday-morning show Pee-wee's Playhouse. But most of the people who were there were die-hard fans, many of whom either caught Pee-wee's original stage show in the mid '80s, grew up watching his movies or Playhouse, or likely spent their Saturday mornings in college working on their first weekend high while watching his show.

For fans, it was pure comfort food. The stage was set up exactly like the set of Playhouse, complete with his complement of talking household items: Chairry, Magic Screen, Clocky, Pterri, Fish, etc. Jambi was also there to grant Pee-wee his wishes.

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Laurence Fishburne Talks 'Pee-wee' Reunion on 'Lopez Tonight' (VIDEO)

by Elizabeth Chan, posted Dec 4th 2009 9:00AM
Lawrence FishburneDear Laurence Fishburne,

You've got an amazing acting career behind you -- why must it always go back to Cowboy Curtis on 'Pee-wee's Playhouse'?

Aren't we beyond that by now?

Apparently not. On last night's 'Lopez Tonight,' Fishburne spoke about his cowboy past and of the 'Pee-wee's Playhouse' reunion show in L.A., but something fishy is going on.

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Fishburne Recalls Brando, 'Apocalypse Now' and Magic Tricks on 'Jimmy Fallon'

by Donald Deane, posted Nov 10th 2009 3:02PM
On last night's 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,' 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation' star Laurence Fishburne talked about working with screen great Marlon Brando while filming 'Apocalypse Now' at the tender of age of 14.

According to Fishburne, working with Brando was an experience involving magic tricks, head-scratching wonder at being in the presence of a larger-than-life movie legend, and the enjoyment of -- putting it delicately -- herbal refreshment.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Jorja Fox Staying on 'CSI.' Will This Help the Ratings?

by Gary Susman, posted Oct 15th 2009 1:06PM
Jorja Fox on CSIThe latest puzzler for the 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation': How to stop a ratings slide that began with William Petersen's departure last season and has continued into a new season, during which the granddaddy of forensic procedural dramas has lost its crown as TV's top-rated scripted series to 'NCIS'? Answer? Stunts, starting with extending Jorja Fox's return to the show from temporary (five episodes) to indefinite.

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Laurence Fishburne to do three-part CSI crossover

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 13th 2009 10:08PM
laurence_fishburne_csiGenerally speaking, the CSI franchise has been a ratings juggernaut for CBS. Still, this season the original CSI has been declining a bit. It started last season when Laurence Fishburne took on the role of Dr. Ray Langston, becoming the main man on the show with William Petersen exiting.

Well, in an effort to perhaps pump up Fishburne's popularity, CBS is doing something unique. For the first time, a CSI character -- Langston -- will crossover to the other two shows in the same week, all part of the same story.

Will it work? Probably. Crossover stunts are always fun and it'll give viewers who watch one of the CSI's or two, to sample the other. That's not as weird as it sounds. I only watch CSI, not NY or Miami.

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'Family Guy' Abortion Episode Details Revealed & More TV News

by Andrew Scott, posted Aug 7th 2009 1:45PM
Family GuyCan 'American Idol' really exist without Paula Abdul? Fox thinks so. The show has already scheduled guest judges for the audition rounds, and is expected to find a permanent replacement for Paula by January.

Also in the news today: Virginia Madsen will guest on 'Monk,' while the details of 'Family Guy''s abortion themed episode are revealed.

See more of today's top TV headlines after the jump.

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CBS exec session: CSI changes, Let's Make A Deal... and a few shots at NBC - TCA Report

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 3rd 2009 1:12PM
Laurence Fishburne, CSICBS programming chief Nina Tassler held court this morning in the CBS executive session. Her network is in an extremely strong position, so there wasn't much in the way of controversy to report, but here are some interesting tidbits from the session:

  • Laurence Fishburne's character of Dr. Langston on CSI will assume a more take-charge position this year, he'll also be given a "wardrobe makeover" so he seems, as Tassler put it "more comfortable in his own clothes."
  • Jorja Fox will be back for the first five episodes. And one of the main characters will get promoted. I won't spoil it for you, but you can probably figure out who it might be.
  • A new Let's Make A Deal with Wayne Brady as host, will be taking the place of Guiding Light. Tassler wouldn't go so far as saying this is a trend towards the return of daytime network game shows, but she did say she wanted to get a new LMAD on the air for a while.
  • No plans to bring back Flashpoint right now, though they can. More Canadian cross-production deals on the way, including The Bridge.
  • On NBC's late-night / Leno strategies: "Whatever numbers they get, they'll declare victory anyway, so it doesn't matter."
  • On the departure of Ben Silverman of NBC: "I'm really just a D-girl, so I wouldn't comment."

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Fishburne is the $14 million man

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 26th 2009 10:05AM
larry fishburneWhen William Petersen left CSI, he left a very, very cushy job. He was making a cool $600,000 per episode, more than Kiefer Sutherland was getting for 24, but not quite as much as Charlie Sheen was taking home for Two and a Half Men ($825,000 per show).

Well, CSI decided not to skimp when they cast Laurence Fishburne to assume the star spot on the crime drama. Fishburne is earning more than $14 million for this season of CSI. (So much for a recession!)

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CSI: One to Go (part two)

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 16th 2009 11:09AM
CSI(S09E10) "It feels like Grissom's last big game. I want to win it for him." -- Nick to Catherine

If you're a fan of closure, if you like solutions and results and answers, here was the episode for you. Grissom's exit gave the writers and producers of CSI a chance to present a show which encompassed most of the elements that characterize what makes this show so popular.

It was sort of a greatest hits episode, if you will, topped with the one scene that kept viewers glued to the set till the end credits. If you missed it by turning away after Grissom's nostalgic stroll through the offices, I'll tell you all about what happened...after the jump.

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Top TV Stories of 2008: Star departures - VIDEOS

by Mike Moody, posted Dec 24th 2008 10:02AM
csi william peterson

William Peterson is out and Lawrence Fishburne is in. That's the plan, anyway, over at CSI central.

Peterson's decision to say goodbye to CSI was one of the big stories of 2008. The actor's onscreen phase-out started earlier this month with the introduction of Laurence Fishburne as Dr. Raymond Langston, but he's not really saying goodbye. Peterson will remain on the hit CBS show as an executive producer and will likely appear as a guest star in future episodes. His final ep airs January 15.

Since CSI is one of those ever-lasting franchises, like Law & Order, I wouldn't rule out a complete return for Peterson a few years from now. Maybe he'll spin-off another show. I'm sure fans wouldn't mind seeing CSI: The Gil Grissom Chronicles.

Me, I don't really care. I don't watch CSI (I guess I'm not that intrigued by forensic science). So let's talk about the 2008 TV star departures that meant something to me.

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CSI: 19 Down... (Part One)

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 12th 2008 10:40AM
fishburne(S09E09) In part one of the two-part episode that will hand off the reins of power at the Las Vegas crime lab from Gil Grissom to Raymond Langston, CSI spent as much time breaking the news about Gil's exit as it did lay the groundwork for Langston's entrance.

Speaking of entrances, Laurence Fishburne was given quite the platform, appearing in shadow until the light clicked on and he was revealed. It'll be interesting to see if Petersen's last scene will replicate Frank Sinatra vanishing into distant spotlights, singing "Excuse me while I disappear." Considering the Vegas connection, I think that would be a perfect way for him to go.

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Did you catch the star power on CSI last night?

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 5th 2008 9:35PM
Grissom CSILast night's episode of CSI, called "Young Man with a Horn," was not only a nostalgic story of old Las Vegas, it was also a chance to feature some wonderful stars from TV's past.

There was Ralph Waite, John-Boy's father from The Waltons; Robert Guillaume, the double Emmy-winning star of Benson; and even the creator of Laugh-In, George Schlatter. And the center of the whodunit was none other than an original Hitchcock blonde, Tippi Hedren, star of The Birds and Marnie.

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