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First Look: Ted Danson on 'CSI'

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 29th 2011 3:30PM
Ted Danson, CSITed Danson has been a bartender, an editor, a wealthy CEO, a doctor and now crime scene investigator.

The 'Cheers' veteran joins 'CSI' for its 12th season this fall, playing night-shift supervisor D.B. Russell. He replaces Laurence Fishburne, who joined the cast as a replacement for William Petersen.

Check out the full picture of Danson in action below. He's pictured with Marg Helgenberger and newly re-promoted series regular Jorja Fox.

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

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Jorja Fox Rejoins 'CSI' As Series Regular

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 20th 2011 10:45AM
Jorja FoxJorja Fox has officially rejoined the 'CSI' family as a series regular.

Fox has been appearing on the hit CBS drama for the last four seasons as a recurring guest star, but TVLine reports Fox will now be re-promoted to series regular.

One of the original 'CSI' cast members, Fox left the series in Season 8, but returned as a guest star in Season 9.

Now as 'CSI' prepares for a big cast change -- Ted Danson is replacing Laurence Fishburne -- Fox is officially home again.

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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.

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Freeze! Order in the Court! Our 11 Favorite Legal Ladies on TV

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jul 7th 2011 12:30PM
Rizzoli & IslesThere are plenty of law-abiding characters on TV, but we're particularly fond of the ladies who wield badges and shout "objection!" in courtrooms to keep our airwaves safe.

With the return of 'Rizzoli & Isles' (Season 2 premieres Mon., July 11, 10PM ET on TNT) -- where stars Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander battle Boston bad guys as a detective and medical examiner team -- we salute those cops and lawyers who help maintain law and order (some of them are even on 'Law & Order') on TV.

Of course, all of the current TV cops on our list have some iconic legal ladies to thank, including 'Police Woman''s Pepper Anderson (Angie Dickinson); Claudette Wyms (CCH Pounder) on 'The Shield'; and the dynamic duo of 'Cagney & Lacey' (Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly), just to name a few.

And we can't forget their legal counterparts either, with beloved barristers like Susan Dey's Grace van Owen on 'L.A. Law'; Sarah McKenzie (Catherine Bell) on 'JAG'; the ladies of 'Boston Legal,' 'The Practice' and 'Ally McBeal'; Markie Post's Christine Sullivan on 'Night Court'; and Harmon herself, as 'Law & Order''s ADA Abbie Carmichael.

These pros all helped pave the moral way for what's now one of the most popular professions for women on TV. Here, 11 of our current favorite female TV cops and lawyers.

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The Magic of Hollywood: Where Do Your Favorite Shows Really Take Place?

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jun 30th 2011 3:00PM
'Mad Men' is nowhere near Madison Avenue...Hollywood is a magical place, but probably the most amazing thing about the entertainment industry is that any city can be faked.

Haven't you ever watched a show like 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia' and wondered where in Philly Paddy's Pub is? Well, don't go searching, because in real life, it's on the Fox lot in Los Angeles, California.

And just a few doors down from the 'Sunny' set is 'How I Met Your Mother,' where the gang gets in trouble on the streets of New York City ... that are actually on a sound stage in L.A.

But there are shows where there's no way the magic of the city can be faked ... right? 'Mad Men' is so completely New York in the 1960s (shoots in L.A., in the present day) and the rainy Seattle backdrop of 'The Killing' had to be 100% authentic (actually it was Vancouver's raindrops you saw all season).

We thought we'd take a look at a few of the other best tricked cities on TV ...

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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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CBS Announces 2011-2012 Schedule

by Jean Bentley, posted May 18th 2011 9:20AM
Person of InterestIt's CBS's turn to shake things up with its fall schedule, which the network just announced this morning.

'CSI' is finally getting the boot from its longtime Thursday night time slot in favor of the J.J. Abrams-produced 'Person of Interest,' while 'The Good Wife' is getting transferred from Tuesdays at 10PM to the highly competitive Sundays at 9PM slot.

The network's two new comedies will both get their shots after established shows, with '2 Broke Girls' airing after 'How I Met Your Mother' on Mondays and 'How to Be a Gentleman' landing post-'Big Bang Theory' on Thursdays. Interestingly, 'Rules of Engagement' is being pushed to Saturday nights.

CBS is saving the Robert De Niro-produced cop drama 'The 2-2' for mid-season (hopefully with a better name).

The full fall schedule is after the jump.

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Build Your Very Own Crime Show

by Stephanie Earp, posted May 10th 2011 6:45PM


As a TV writer, I'm well aware of the limits of the human imagination, and nowhere is that glaring fact more evident than in the procedural crime drama genre. We put a man on the moon, invented the microchip and domesticated wolves, but apparently when it comes to solving fictional crime, there is only one way to go about it. Not that this has stopped me from watching hours and hours of the stuff; in fact, I think I'm sometimes comforted by the fact that even if I'm tuning into a series for the first time, I'll know the lay of the land by the first commercial break. I honestly think I could write the stuff in my sleep. I bet you could too -- have a go:

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Marg Helgenberger Calls 'CSI' Guest Star Justin Bieber 'A Brat'

by PopEater Staff, posted May 9th 2011 5:40AM
Justin Bieber and Marg HelgenbergerWhile being interviewed in Europe, 'CSI' veteran Marg Helgenberger let slip her real feelings about teen pop idol -- and 'CSI' guest star -- Justin Bieber.

Bieber guest-starred on the procedural drama back in February and, according to RadarOnline.com, Helgenberger was asked about the singer and his role on the show during an interview in France.

Helgenberger was asked if Bieber's role was written just to raise sagging ratings, or because the singer is "truly a good actor."

The 52-year-old actress rolled her eyes and said, "Justin Bieber wasn't bad bad. But he'd never acted before ... He's better than you'd think."

Helgenberger then said, "I shouldn't be saying this, but he was kind of a brat."

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What to Watch: TV Picks for May 9 - 15

by Stephanie Earp, posted May 9th 2011 2:30AM
Survivor - Sunday May 15, 8PM ET/PT, Global/CBS

Rob Mariano has played his best game -- even if he does say so himself -- but is it enough to finally get him an elusive win? The Survivor three-hour finale airs tonight. The first two hours are, as always, on the island. Then Jeff and his blue shirt will travel through time to a live studio audience where the winner will be announced. I'm eager to see if Rob can keep control of the game right up to the bitter end. If so, the final three should be Phillip, Rob and Natalie. In any other season, I'd be rooting for Grant, the nice guy who's been strong in challenges, strategic in his voting and alliances and wears dirty dreadlocks well. But I love me some Boston Rob, so I'm rooting for him all the way.

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Spoilers Anonymous: 'Glee,' 'The Big Bang Theory' and Much More!

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Apr 29th 2011 2:00PM
Spoilers Anonymous logo This is Spoilers Anonymous, a weekly column here at TV Squad where we supply you with the dirt on some of the more popular shows on the air. We'll never put spoilers up here on the main page in order to help the reformed stay unspoiled. If you have anything to add to the group, feel free to step up and let yourself be heard, either with our tips form or by emailing us. Your anonymity is guaranteed, if you wish to remain as such.

This week we have spoilers for: 'Burn Notice,' 'Californication,' 'Castle,' 'Chuck,' 'CSI,' 'Desperate Housewives,' 'Glee,' 'Gossip Girl,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'How I Met Your Mother,' 'Private Practice,' 'Psych,' 'The Big Bang Theory,' 'The Good Wife' and 'The Mentalist.'

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Marisa Tomei, Olivia Munn, Alison Pill in Talks for Aaron Sorkin's HBO Pilot, Keith Olbermann Announces New Show and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 26th 2011 11:30AM
Marisa Tomei, Alison Pill, Olivia MunnMarisa Tomei, Olivia Munn and Alison Pill are in talks to star in Aaron Sorkin's HBO pilot, currently titled 'More As the Story Develops,' which follows a cable news anchor played by Jeff Daniels.

According to Deadline, Tomei is close to signing on as MacKenzie, the executive producer of the news program.

Pill is in talks to play Maggie, an associate producer on the assignment desk, and Munn could play a financial analyst on the cable network.

In other TV news ...

Elisabeth Harnois will be a series regular on 'CSI' next season. The 'Miami Medical' actress booked a guest role in the May 5 episode, but producers continued to expand her role. Harnois plays the estranged daughter of Conrad Ecklie (Marc Vann). [Deadline]

Keith Olbermann will make his Current TV debut on Monday, June 20, at 8PM. The show will still be called 'Countdown With Keith Olbermann.' [Keith Olbermann]

The shooting of Gabrielle Giffords will get the 'Law & Order' treatment. 'Law & Order: LA' is filming an episode where a state senator is gunned down in public. [Entertainment Weekly]

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Spoilers Anonymous: 'Bones,' 'CSI,' 'The Office,' and more!

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Mar 11th 2011 11:00AM
Spoilers Anonymous logo This is Spoilers Anonymous, a weekly column here at TV Squad where we supply you with the dirt on some of the more popular shows on the air. We'll never put spoilers up here on the main page in order to help the reformed stay unspoiled. If you have anything to add to the group, feel free to step up and let yourself be heard, either with our tips form or by emailing us. Your anonymity is guaranteed, if you wish to remain as such.

This week we have spoilers for: '90210,' 'Bones,' 'Chuck,' 'CSI,' 'Desperate Housewives,' 'Drop Dead Diva,' 'Glee,' 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Haven,' 'Hawaii Five-0,' 'Hot in Cleveland,' 'Law & Order: SVU,' 'NCIS,' 'NCIS: Los Angeles,' 'No Ordinary Family,' 'Smallville,' and 'The Office.'

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Marg Helgenberger Will Be Back for a 'Few Episodes' of 'CSI' Next Season

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 1st 2011 11:30AM
Marg Helgenberger CSIMarg Helgenberger's 'CSI' contract is up at the end of the season, but it's not time to say goodbye to Catherine Willows just yet.

Entertainment Weekly reports that Helgenberger's contract is not finalized just yet, but she told PEOPLE she and producers "[are] talking maybe [only] doing a few episodes."

"The older you get, the more comfortable you become with who you are and who you are continuing to become," she said. "I'm looking forward to the next chapter."

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