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The Top 10 Highest Paid Actors on TV

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 12th 2011 5:15PM
The Top 10 Highest Paid Actors on TVIt's no secret that being on TV can be a very well-paying gig, but do you know just how much some of your favorite actors are making?

Forbes has released its annual list of the Top 10 highest paid actors on TV and the usual suspects -- Charlie Sheen, Hugh Laurie, Ray Romano -- are still present. However, some of these actors have already left their TV homes, and others might not have shows to pay them after this year.

Sheen's off 'Two and a Half Men' and production on his new sitcom has yet to begin, Romano's 'Men of a Certain Age' was canceled and it's looking like this could possibly be the last seasons for 'Grey's Anatomy' and 'House.'

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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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Lucky Us: Movie Stars Are Taking Over Our TV!

by Stephanie Earp, posted Feb 15th 2011 11:15AM
Everyone is talking about Forest Whitaker coming to TV. Actually, I should clarify that statement: By everyone, I mean my colleagues who write about TV or edit sites and magazines about TV. I imagine most of you haven't been racking up your long distance bill comparing Oscar winner Forest Whitaker to Laurence Fishburne.

I'm mainly surprised by how surprised everyone is. This trend -- if you can call it that -- of serious screen actors taking lead roles on procedural dramas is getting kind of long in the tooth. At this point, you can't even launch a legal or crime show without first securing the services of a frequently nominated supporting actor type -- a Sinise, D'Onofrio or Patinkin.

It makes me wish there was some kind of long-term betting site where I could place money on the likelihood of 'Law & Order: Space Station' starring Jeremy Renner debuting in 2035, or 'CSI: Missoula' with special guest star Mark Ruffalo.

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Five Stars Launched On 'Pee-wee's Playhouse'

by Ryan McKee, posted Oct 20th 2010 6:00PM
After nearly two decades, Paul Reubens is becoming Pee-wee Herman, that silly man-child in the tight gray suit, again.

Reubens stars in the revival of the 1981 production, 'The Pee-wee Herman Show,' which premieres Oct. 26 on Broadway. And the character isn't just making a comeback on stage -- Reubens and Judd Apatow are also working on a third Pee-wee Herman film.

It's wonderful to see our favorite childhood comedian working again. It inspired us to watch a few episodes of 'Pee-wee's Playhouse,' and we were surprised to see how many faces we recognized. Not just because we remembered the characters, but because many of them have gone on to be acting stars themselves.

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Justin Bieber on 'CSI': The Teen Idol Makes His Dramatic Acting Debut (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 24th 2010 8:48AM
Justin Bieber on 'CSI': The Teen Idol Makes His Dramatic Acting DebutJustin Bieber on 'CSI?' We'll admit that when we think of Justin Bieber, our next thought isn't usually "grisly murders and explosions."

The young heartthrob is known more for his floppy hair and his ability to turn crowds of young girls into a sobbing, screaming mass. But tonight on 'CSI' (Thu., 9PM ET on CBS), the 16-year-old singer made his network TV dramatic acting debut -- on a crime series known for its violence and gritty realism. Would "The Bieb" be able to make the transition to the world of serious acting?

[Warning: Spoiler alert.]

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'CSI' Season 11 Preview: The Justin Bieber Guest Star Edition

by Kim Potts, posted Sep 22nd 2010 5:21PM
George Eads Justin Bieber CSI
That's right, The Beeb is in the house as 'CSI' kicks off its 11th season on Sept. 23 (9PM ET, CBS) with the acting debut of teen dream Justin Bieber.

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A Cliffhanger on 'CSI' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted May 21st 2010 3:20AM
A Cliffhanger on 'CSI'A hunt for a murderer reaches its conclusion on 'CSI' (Thu., 9PM ET on CBS). But chasing a killer can mean death.

[Spoiler alert.]

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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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