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Marg Helgenberger renews CSI contract

by Allison Waldman, posted May 15th 2008 11:21AM
Marg HelgenbergerThere's been a lot of flux on CSI, CBS's top rated, long-running, extremely popular forensics-procedural-crime drama (I think that covers all the categories, right?) At the end of last season, Jorja Fox decided not to come back to the show, and her role as Sara was written out in the first two episodes of the year. The producers left the door open for her to return -- they didn't kill her off -- but she's gone.

Tonight is the last of Gary Dourdan as Warrick. He's having trouble off-camera, a serious felony arrest earlier this month for drugs, so his leaving may have been a necessity even if he hadn't chosen to exit. Therefore, it's a good thing to be able to tell you that USA Today reports that Marg Helgenberger has inked a new contract with CSI for two more years. That, coupled with William Petersen's signing a new deal in April, means that CSI is in good shape for the foreseeable future. CBS should be doing the happy-dance.
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The CSI/Two and a Half Men writer switcheroo -- loved it!

by Allison Waldman, posted May 12th 2008 9:39AM
CSIThe CSI/Two and a Half Men writers switch was a very clever promotion for CBS. Fortunately, the writers saw the opportunity to change places as more than just a publicity stunt. They really took the scripting seriously and came up with inventive episodes for each program. If this were a competition to see which team would deliver the better show, who would take on the task of writing winning TV in a genre not their own and succeed beyond expectations, the comedy scribes take the gold. Chuck Lorre and Lee Aronsohn's CSI was pure genius, and if it were up to me, CSI should submit it for an Emmy.

But first there was Two and a Half Men. In an episode called "Fish in a Drawer" (and if somebody could explain what that title means, I'd be most appreciative), the story picked up after Evelyn married Teddy. In the teleplay by CSI regular writers Evan Dunsky and Sarah Goldfinger, Charlie and Courtney check out of the reception for a little romp in his room upstairs only to find Teddy's dead bod on the bed. Talk about spoiling the mood. Teddy wasn't only a corpse, he was a corpse with his pants pulled down around his ankles and lipstick stains on his hoo-ha. The cops were called in, a detective who was a dead ringer for Marg Helgenberger -- played by redhead Jamie Rose -- had the vaguely Bondian name of Jagov, Sloane Jagov. Naturally, Charlie had to make a move on her. He couldn't keep his eyes off her cleavage.

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Seventeen of TV's hottest women over 40

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 6th 2007 11:22AM
Kate WalshAbout two years ago, I set out to list the hottest women on TV who are over 40, over 50, and over 60. There were a lot candidates to choose from, even in the over 60 category, making it a particularly tough set of list to compose.

But now that our friends at AOL have decided to compile a list of TV's 50 sexiest women of all time (starting today with Nos. 50-41), I'm going to take on an even greater challenge: making one master list of seventeen beauties over 40. It's not as easy as you think; the TV landscape has changed a bit, and a few new strong contenders have recently entered their 40s, and a few of the previous list members have left the TV landscape. To make this list, a woman has to have been a regular or significant guest on a TV series or news program in 2007. So, after the jump, a list -- in no particular order -- of fifteen beauties who combine looks, maturity and grace to make one compellingly sexy package.

Thumbnails are with the list, but you can click on the gallery below to get a much better view of these lovely women. Then add your own choices in the comments.
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CSI, Two and a Half Men to trade writers?

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 13th 2007 6:39PM

Two and a Half MenIt may sound a little bit like a headline from The Onion, but it's actually in the works, according to CSI producer Carol Mendelsohn.

Speaking at a Banff event in Canada earlier this week, Mendelsohn said she got a call from Two and a Half Men creator Chuck Lorre, who suggested the switch. I'm not sure if it would be permanent, but it's something they could do for an episode or two. CSI will also go on location to San Francisco this season, and next season might go to London.

Maybe the Two and a Half Men writers can have Grissom sleep with a different woman every night, and maybe even hire a wisecracking kid to help with a murder investigation. He can be a prodigy who doesn't do well in school but is a genius at forensics.

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Talk Talk: Amy Sedaris, Don Cheadle, Dashboard Confessional

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 7th 2007 5:57PM
  • Don RicklesCharlie Rose: a conversation about Claude Monet
  • The Daily Show: Eddie Izzard
  • The Colbert Report: Cullen Murphy
  • The Late Show With David Letterman: Amy Sedaris, Jordan Zevon, Chuck Liddell
  • Jay Leno: Don Rickles, Josh Flitter, and Dashboard Confessional
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live: Seth Rogan, Chris Cornell, and Megan Fox
  • Tavis Smiley: Bernie Mac
  • Late Night With Conan O'Brien: Marg Helgenberer and Steve Schirippa
  • The Late, Late Show With Craig Ferguson: Don Cheadle and Poison
  • Last Call With Carson Daly: Oliver Hudson and Grizzly Bear

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CSI star doesn't want to die

by Anna Johns, posted May 4th 2007 12:52PM
csiThere's going to be a shake-up with the cast of CSI this season because a certain long-time cast member can't come to a contract agreement with CBS. That's all I'm going to say before the jump.

If you don't want the CSI season finale spoiled, stop reading now. There's no way to report this story without spoiling, so consider this your warning.

*SPOILERS AFTER THE JUMP*

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A sad day for television?

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 4th 2007 1:10PM

William PetersenFor the past week, CBS has been running a sad preview for tonight's episode of CSI, the last one for star William Petersen (for a while anwyay). Liev Schreiber joins the cast soon.

Hey, I'll admit I don't watch this show (even though it's the MOST IMPORTANT SHOW IN THE UNIVERSE). So I ask fans: is this departure as big as they're making it out to be. Yes, yes, I know he's the star of the show and he's the leader of the team and all that. But the commercials make it sound, with the "you never thought he'd leave" voiceover and the tinkling piano and the emotion, you'd think that Lucy Ricardo was just hit by a bus or maybe Petersen had died in real life and this was his last show.

Why is Petersen leaving temporarily anyway? To star in a play? Burnt out? Contract negotiations? The episode preview should get into that: "People come and go...but you never thought he'd leave...but due to other commitments and just a feeling that he had to get away for a while, our star has to leave and will be replaced by another actor...tonight, on a very special CSI."

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CSI: Worst episode ever!

by Anna Johns, posted Nov 25th 2006 10:19AM
csi castForgive me for being late on this. With Thanksgiving, I didn't get to see Thursday's episode of CSI until Friday night. And, oh my God, was that the worst episode ever or what?!?

The episode was about a missing mobster whose car was found 30 years after his death. It starts out with a guy singing karaoke and pushing a wheelchair-bound guy in front of a Hummer. Then three other guys are killed... [*SPOILER ALERT*] by a person who was very obviously wearing different masks. I said, "He's wearing a mask" in the first few frames of the first scene. It took Grissom and the crack team of forensic scientists 50 minutes into the episode to figure it out. Come on! The masks looked horrible. The writers even tried to "trick" us into believing that someone else (the motorcycle cop) might be the man behind the mask. Puh-lease. The only reason I kept watching was because I was hoping that there would be some sort of twist at the end and I would be proven wrong. No such luck. This episode never should've seen the light of day.

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Is Nick Stokes being written off CSI?

by Anna Johns, posted Oct 14th 2006 5:01PM
george eadsEven though I said I wasn't going to watch CSI this season, I can't quit. It's my guilty pleasure on Friday mornings before I start work. Thursday night's episode, featuring Kevin Federline's acting debut that actually didn't suck, also included some lines that made me question George Eads' future on the show. Before he sucker punched K-Fed in the stomach at a crime scene, he was pretty fired up about the way Las Vegas punks behave. Several times during the show, he expressed his frustration with Las Vegas in general.

Last year, some of us lobbied for Nick Stokes (Eads' character) to get killed off because the series was getting stale. Eads' fan pages don't have any insight. Anybody else think he's about to leave the show?

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CSI producers attempting to get creative

by Anna Johns, posted Oct 3rd 2006 12:41PM
csi castEven before ABC put Grey's Anatomy in the 9 pm Thursday time slot, the folks over at CBS knew that CSI was in trouble. After seven years on the air, they had an inkling that ABC would be moving Grey's. So, if this season of CSI seems unusual so far... that's because it is. CBS challenged the producers and writers to get creative with their storylines and try something unusual. Even though they haven't taken our advice and killed off Nick Stokes, they are breaking from the procedural formula that propelled them to become the number one show on television. So far this season, the crimes have stretched into two episodes. And the storyline with the murderer who creates miniature replicas of the crime scene will last through the middle of the season.

What do you think of CSI so far this season? Is different good or bad?

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CSI: Rashomama

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Apr 28th 2006 2:41PM

CSI; CBS; Rashomama

(S06E21) I normally don't watch this show, which means I never review it. That being said, I'm glad I tuned in last night because it was fantastic. It case you couldn't pick up on it, the title (and the entire story) are an homage to the Kurosawa classic Rashômon. The episode, just like the film, gave the deatils of the crime from everyone's point of view. The "mama" in Rashomama refers to the victim, a prominent Vegas lawyer who happened to be the mother of the groom at a wedding.

It took the team almost 9 hours to process the crime scene, and then it all fell apart because Nick, Greg, and Sara decided to get a cup of coffee. While they were sitting in the diner, someone stole Nick's SUV and it had all the evidence in it. That's, um, what do you call it? Oh, right - not good.

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What do you see?

by Anna Johns, posted Apr 14th 2006 10:23AM
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CSI
is teasing us with the diner photo you see above (a much larger version is here, complete with its own magnifying glass). During the program last night, a promo aired that said the clues to the final two episodes are in this photo. Well, I always sucked at Where's Waldo, so I'm seeking out your help.

What clues do you see?

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