The 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation' team is spread to three different murder cases that appear to have a common link that doesn't add up. Read more.
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" alumna Charisma Carpenter is heading for a guest starring role in " CSI : Crime Scene Investigation", TV Guide reports exclusively. She will play a character named Mink who is a skydiver. Her episode will air later this season, titled "Descent of a Man". TV Guide quotes sources as saying that the actress' contribution to the show was "fun and memorable". No other details are released. Since departing from "Buffy" in 2003, Carpenter has filled in recurring roles in TV series such as " Angel ", " Veronica Mars ", and " Greek ". In its ninth season, "CSI" itself has been keen on taking guest star appearances. Country singer Taylor Swift has shot an episode called "Turn Turn Turn" that will air on March 5, playing a girl whose parents run a seedy motel in Las Vegas. Source here
Watch a sneak peek of CSI "Miscarriage of Justice" airing this Thursday, Feb. 19, at 9pm on CBS.
In 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation' episode 'Turn Turn Turn', Taylor Swift goes from auburn to blonde and kisses a guy. Read more.
How is CSI recovering from the loss of William Petersen's Gil Grissom? By giving country star Taylor Swift her acting debut, freeing new star Laurence Fishburne to find out more about his role, and promising Petersen's return as a guest. Grissom's last episode - for a while at least - airs Thursday at 9 pm/ET on CBS. Then the ensemble drama will turn to Fishburne's brand-new CSI, Dr. Raymond Langston, as he learns to investigate - and Fishburne learns who his character is. "We don't know what the character is going to be," Fishburne told. "The wonderful thing about this whole television thing is that we're all discovering it, we're trying to create it from episode to episode to episode." One thing Fishburne's character won't be is a man with a genetic makeup previously considered common among serial killers. Initially, there had been talk that Dr. Langston would have such a syndrome, but the idea was later abandoned because the science that inspired it was outdated, executive producer Naren Shankar. "Very early research on the character had indicated that there was a syndrome that was sort of more prevalent in serial killers," Shankar said. "That turned out not to be the case." In addtion to Fishburne's new character, Swift will appear later this season as a troubled teenager whose parents own a motel. The episode will start in the present, then revisit the last year, season by season, Shankar said. The singer can expect plenty of dramatic moments, he promised. (The country ingenue also got to say a few lines on the latest Saturday Night Live , playing Little Orphan Annie.) During a set visit, show insiders also revealed that The Exorcist helmer William Friedkin will direct the show's 200th episode and the first in a long time to be shot in Las Vegas. Petersen, who is still a producer on the show and is affectionately called "Billy" by his colleagues, will likely be on-set for the filming of the episode, but not in front of the camera, Shankar said. Executive director Carol Mendelsohn promised Petersen would appear, however, in a future episode. "Grissom will come back in an organic way, to visit or be on a case with the people that are his family," she said. Joked Fishburne: "Billy said he would be back to make sure I didn't burn the joint down." Asked at a news conference if he believed his casting would lead to more African-American actors landing lead roles in television dramas, Fishburne was reflective. "That's funny because it's the question I asked Les Moonves when I agreed to take the job," he said, adding that the CBS president responded by naming The Unit star Dennis Haysbert. Fishburne then linked Haysbert to his role on 24, in which he played the first African-American president, years before Barack Obama was a national figure. "The good news is that I was asked to join this company because of my intelligence and because of my gifts as an actor," he continued. "And for that I am extremely grateful. The fact that I happen to be a man of color... well, I like to think of it as a bonus. In much the way that I think of the man who will become our president in a few weeks time. "He is intelligent, capable, engaging and interested in bringing people together. And he happens to be an African-American." Source here
Come Jan. 15, television's most popular show, CSI, will lose its beloved character Gil Grissom. But why would William Petersen leave his starring role on a hit show that averages 21.3 million viewers a week? A character that made him one of the highest paid actors on television? "The reason I'm leaving is because I'm afraid I'm becoming too comfortable, Petersen told Entertainment Weekly. It's CSI, they pay me a lot of money, and I don't have to work very hard anymore. I've got it all figured out. And I just realized, God, as an artist, I'm going to atrophy. You do anything for nine years, it becomes somewhat rote. I didn't want to be on the show because they were paying me money and I liked the money. I didn't want to be on the show because it saved me from having to go look for other jobs. Just didn't want it. It was too safe for me at this point. So I needed to try and break that, and the way to do that, for me, is the theater.'' But after nine seasons, saying goodbye to Grissom must take its toll on the emotions, right? Not quite. I won't miss Grissom, Petersen told the magazine. It was a complete life for me that's reached its end, and it's reached it in the right way, I think. So I won't miss Grissom. And I hope that the audience won't miss him either. Petersen did admit there is one thing he'll miss about playing Grissom, hair fibers. Well, maybe not so much the fibers as those sans-dialogue moments. I used to bitch about it a lot the first few years, but I became very adept at having the camera see the fiber, and using the tweezers to pick the fiber up, and then having the camera follow the tweezers to my face so the audience can say, 'Oh, Grissom sees it. He knows what it is.' I'll miss that. Now living in Chicago and performing at the Steppenwolf Theater, the 55-year-old actor officially began his goodbye back in November 2007, when Grissom's fiance hit the road, and continued through the following year with the murder of Warrick (Gary Dourdan) in October 2008. Petersen's exit was ultimately postponed due to the writers' strike, leaving the creative team ample time to fill the void left by Grissom's departure by casting Laurence Fishburne as Raymond Langston. Source here
William Pettersen will appear for the last time as forensic entomologist Gil Grissom in the January 15 episode of 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation'. Read more.
They're the words no fan of CBS' top-rated procedural ever wanted (or expected) to hear from Grissom: "I'm going to leave CSI ." Yet that announcement comes within the first minutes of this week's episode, laying the foundation for William Petersen's exit as a series regular and in some part paving the way for a new arrival to the team: Ray Langston, a criminology professor/former research pathologist played by film vet Laurence Fishburne. Fishburne Isn't Replacing Petersen The man who led us into the Matrix is a commanding presence, to be sure, but he won't be commanding the Las Vegas CSI team. Yes, once the dust settles, Petersen will be gone and Fishburne will be in place. But Langston ultimately joins up as a CSI -Level 1 -a plebe, albeit a highly educated one. Instead, in this week's episode, Grissom crowns Catherine (Marg Helgenberger) as the new supervisor. And logically so. Fishburne's Character Is Not a Serial Killer At this summer's TCA press tour, the announcement of Fishburne's casting included some muddled allusion to his character possessing a DNA trait common to serial killers. (Cue a collective, "Wha?!" from us reporter folk, as well as probably a slew of geneticists.) That buzz was quickly "cleared up" in a subsequent conference call. "It was misreported a little bit," said executive producer Naren Shankar. "What we really want to play with in a dramatic sense is he's been able to examine his own genetic profile to an extent and find certain clusters of biological facts that he has in common or that are associated with aggressive and criminal behavior." Grissom Isn't Leaving Just Yet Although he announces his departure in the Dec. 11 episode - prompting one perturbed coworker to snark, "You gotta do what you gotta do. Have a nice life," while another introspectively tells him, "I knew before you knew" - Grissom's final appearance as a regular character isn't until Jan. 15. Grissom Isn't Gone for Good Petersen and CBS have said from the onset of this discussion that the actor and Gil will resurface on an intermittent, guest-star basis. Plus, Petersen is staying on board as an executive producer. Seriously, you didn't expect Grissom to stay away from the fascinating bugs forever, did you? But before Fishburne hits your screen - and amid the undoubted cries of, "My Gil/Bill is not replaceable!" - just know these four things about the "transition of power" to come. read from: TvGuide
What is the deal with the new kid on the CSI block? TVGuide.com invited new cast member Lauren Lee Smith ( The L Word , Mutant X ) to shed some light on the thus-far very murky life of Riley. ( CSI airs Thursdays at 9 pm/ET, on CBS.) read interview from: TvGuide
Lots of good spoilers here for episode 9.13