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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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Who Should Replace Laurence Fishburne on 'CSI'?

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jun 21st 2011 8:00AM
Laurence FishburneThere have been quite a few TV departures lately -- some more shocking than others.

Somewhere in the middle there is Laurence Fishburne's announcement that he's leaving his post at 'CSI' after only two and a half years. Fishburne, who played lead investigator Raymond Langston, replaced series star William Petersen, who started as Gil Grissom when the series premiered 11 seasons ago.

Those were some pretty big shoes to fill at the time -- and Fishburne didn't always seem too thrilled at the comparisons -- but now who will be the third person to take the job? And how will the show look with lead actress Marg Helgenberger taking a lesser role next season, too?

We've brainstormed some good men -- and one lady -- for the position. Keep reading and share your own casting thoughts in the comments.

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Laurence Fishburne Quits 'CSI'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 8th 2011 5:05AM
Laurence FishburneTime to break out the handkerchiefs and wave good-bye to Dr. Raymond Langston: 'CSI' star Laurence Fishburne has decided to step down from the long-running procedural drama.

Deadline.com reports that after two seasons with 'CSI' Fishburne decided not to renew his contract when it expired in May. He is now expected to return to his movie career full-time.

'The Matrix' star was hired in 2008 as a replacement for William Petersen, and his departure leaves 'CSI' producers and writers with a major headache right before production's due to start on Season 12. Although Paul Guilfoyle is expected to stay on, some actors are still in contract talks, and Marg Helgenberger has said she will appear in only a few episodes next season.

Many 'CSI' insiders were reportedly unsurprised by Fishburne's decision, with one saying: "Nobody expected him to be on the show for seven years, it's Laurence Fishburne."

However, he did recently tell 'Entertainment Weekly' that he wanted to stay with the show. "I'm having a great time,'' he said, while acknowledging that replacing Petersen's character of Gil Grissom had been a challenge.

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William Petersen Returns as Gil Grissom on 'CSI' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Feb 4th 2011 12:15PM
For the first time since his departure from the show in 2009, William Petersen returns as the beloved Gil Grissom in a short cameo on 'CSI' (Thu, 9PM on CBS).

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'Law & Order' Star Alana De La Garza Joins 'Law & Order: L.A.,' William Petersen Returns to 'CSI' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Jan 31st 2011 11:00AM
Alana De La GarzaFans of the mothership 'Law & Order' take note: Alana De La Garza is joining the cast of NBC's struggling 'Law & Order: Los Angeles.' Hooray! And it gets better: She's playing her 'Law & Order' character, ADA Connie Rubirosa.

According to Deadline Hollywood, the L&O veteran completes the casting overhaul that began with the dismissal of three actors and and the move of Alfred Molina's character to detective.

De La Garza joined 'Law & Order' in season 17 and was with the show until it ended in May 2010.

"I hope fans of the 'mothership' will be happy to see the return of Alana's character, Connie Rubirosa, one of the longest-running assistant prosecutors on 'Law & Order,'" Dick Wolf, the show's creator, said. "Alana has a huge following and it will be interesting to follow her character as she comes to terms with Los Angeles justice."

In other casting news ...

William Petersen will return to 'CSI.' An upcoming story features Grissom's mother and wife, Sara, but CBS did not confirm if Petersen will appear in that episode. The actor left the series in 2009. [Entertainment Weekly]

Laura Vandervoort is returning to 'Smallville.' The 'V' star will reprise her Supergirl role in one of the final five episodes of the hit CW series. [TVLine]

Jordana Brewster is the new face of 'Dallas.' The 'Fast and the Furious' star will play Elena, the daughter of the ranch's cook who is in a love triangle with J.R.'s son, John Ross, and Bobby and Pam Ewing's son, Christopher. [Deadline Hollywood]

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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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Jorja Fox back on duty at CSI...for a little while

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 19th 2009 9:23PM
jorja_fox_csiWhen last we saw actress Jorja Fox on CSI, her alter ego Sara Sidle was deep in the Costa Rican jungle, happily reunited with the love of her life, Gil Grissom. Well, apparently Sara's going to have some very good reason to leave that romantic idyll because come this fall, Jorja Fox is returning to CSI for five episodes.

There's no indication that William Petersen's Gil is joining her, although since Petersen is still connected to the show as an executive producer, he could decide to pop in for a show or two.

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What do you think about a CSI feature film?

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 21st 2009 1:24PM
Grissom in blueAre you ready for more CSI? I mean, there's original CSI, CSI: Miami, CSI: New York, NCIS (which isn't part of the franchise, but has the letters), plus all these shows are in reruns and now, William Petersen is ready for a big screen CSI. He's downright positive about it, even though he himself exited the TV show last December. I don't know if a movie version of CSI is really necessary, but to hear Petersen talk, there are some valid reasons.

For his point of view, some stories couldn't be shown on TV because of the graphic or sexual content. He'd like to see a movie version go where no TV CSI has gone before.

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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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Six reasons why CSI will miss Gil Grissom - VIDEO

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 15th 2009 11:03AM
PetersenIt's the end of an era on CSI. The Las Vegas Crime Lab is losing the head man. Gil Grissom is packing up his office and leaving Las Vegas. The night shift supervisor, the most influential scientist on the staff, Dr. Gilbert "Gil" Grissom will be a character that won't easily be forgotten, let alone replaced.

If Laurence Fishburne is wise, he'll work with the producers and writers to make Raymond Langston a very different kind of leader.

Looking back at the Grissom years, there are distinctive beats that William Petersen brought to the character and the show. To me, there are six reasons why Grissom will be hard to replace.

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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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CSI: For Warrick (season premiere)

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 10th 2008 10:05AM
Gary D(S09E01) It's rare when a procedural drama, especially one like CSI which is the blueprint for forensics-driven cop shows, has the chance for a truly emotional, cathartic episode. That's what happened with this episode and CSI's stellar cast rose to the occasion, especially William Petersen.

Picking up right where it left off in the season finale, unlike most CSI plots, this one wasn't a whodunit or a whydunit or even a howdunit. The audience knew what had happened in the early morning hours after the night shift finished work and shared breakfast together.

Outside the diner, down a dark alley, Warrick was sitting alone in his car and something ominous was bound to happen -- and did.

For more on the aftermath, stick with me following the jump.

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Hugh Laurie gets a big raise

by Allison Waldman, posted Sep 12th 2008 3:00PM
House on gurneyHe hasn't won an Emmy (although that might change in a little over a week from now) and he's not going to win People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive (although I think he very attractive), but at least Hugh Laurie, the star of Fox's House, is being rewarded in another way -- the wallet.

Laurie is getting a raise in salary to $400,000 an episode. That's not as much as 24's Kiefer Sutherland ($500,000) or CSI's William Petersen ($600,000) or Two and a Half Men's Charlie Sheen ($825,000), but it's pretty darn good.

Whether you think Charlie is worth that much money or Bill (who's actually only going to be in half the shows on CSI in 2008-2009) or Kiefer, for that matter, but Hugh Laurie has earned this raise. He's the center of House, the most important character, and there is no show without him.

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