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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.

In other casting news ...

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The Top 10 Highest Paid Actresses on TV

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 28th 2011 6:00PM
TV's Highest Paid ActressesWho are TV's highest paid actresses? You know their names, but you won't guess where they wind up on the list.

According to Forbes, the four main ladies of 'Desperate Housewives' made it on the list. So did Julianna Margulies of 'The Good Wife.'

What about Tina Fey, one of the busiest ladies in comedy? You betcha!

Combined, the Top 10 ladies made $94 million between May 2010 and May 2011.

Forbes took into consideration salaries and endorsement deals while compiling their list. Remember, some of these women are also producers on other projects.

So, who's tops and who is set to do some climbing? Find out below!

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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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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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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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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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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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Marg Helgenberger Says Yes to More 'CSI'

by Laura Prudom, posted Jul 8th 2010 3:20PM
Marg HelgenbergerLeaving Las Vegas? That's not on the cards for Marg Helgenberger, since the Ausiello Files is reporting that the 'CSI' vet has signed a new contract that will keep her on for the procedural's 11th season.

Helgenberger isn't the only investigator in search of a new deal; her co-stars George Eads, Eric Szmanda, and Paul Guilfoyle are also attempting to hammer out fresh contracts, along with Jorja Fox. Liz Vassey, on the other hand, will not be returning next season.

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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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Marg Helgenberger Talks About a Decade of 'CSI'

by Gabrielle Dunn, posted May 6th 2010 1:20PM
Marg Helgenberger, CSI

After the departure of her long-time partner last season, Marg Helgenberger's 'CSI' character, Catherine Willows, was promoted to the position of supervisor. But to fans, she's stepped up into another role: the heart of the show.

It's a good place to be: 'CSI', which has become an international phenomenon and three-show franchise, will soon celebrate its 10-year anniversary.

As the May 20 finale approaches, Helgenberger talked to TV Squad about her favorite 'CSI' memories, Catherine's flirtation with Det. Vartann and her summer travel plans. She also revealed her possible departure from the show: her contract is up after this season and that she hasn't yet been asked back.

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Will Marg Helgenberger Leave 'CSI'?

by Gabrielle Dunn, posted Apr 30th 2010 4:40PM
Catherine WillowsMarg Helgenberger, the actress who plays forensic scientist Catherine Willows on 'CSI', told TV Squad today that her contract on the show is up after 10 years and that she hasn't yet been asked back for next season.

"My contract is up actually," Helgenberger said, when asked if she would be returning for 'CSI's' 11th season. "That's a good question. I haven't been asked back, so we'll see."

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What You Missed Last Night: guts and horror on CSI

by Bob Sassone, posted May 1st 2009 8:27PM
Has CSI turned into a horror show? I haven't watched the show in quite some time, but the opening of last night's episode, "The Gone Dead Train," was like a classic Hammer horror flick: a coroner works on the body of a person who died mysteriously (very gross), there's an ominous rainstorm at night as Catherine goes to the apartment of a woman, and then in the dark the woman attacks her for no reason (tied to an illness that's affecting people - swine flu?). There's even a scene where Catherine rips down the drapes, a la Peter Cushing in Horrors of Dracula, as if she could force sunlight on the woman and make her turn to dust. Here's the episode if you missed it.

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CSI: If I Had A Hammer - open thread

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 24th 2009 10:04AM
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If you didn't read this post yesterday, CSI is the bestest, most favoritist, most awesomest TV show that has ever been seen on television (chosen by viewers whose remote control has been stuck on CBS since around 1999, apparently). Last night the team investigated an old case of Catherine's because the guy in jail for 18 years might actually be innocent. Discuss the show below with fellow CSI fans. Oh, and how do you think Laurence Fishburne is doing?

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