It's official! I am stoked to announce that original CSI-er George Eads has just inked a new contract to return to the long-running CBS crime drama as investigator Nick Stokes, George's rep tells me.
Back in early May, George told me he was prepared to walk if he didn't get what he deserved. "I have to decide if I want to come back," he said. "It's been 10 years, and I've still yet to do a feature film and see what other opportunities might be out there. In negotiations, you have to be willing to walk away, and that's something I'm willing to do if I don't feel the contract is pleasing to me and fair. There can't really be a hierarchy when it comes to salaries anymore. I feel I deserve to sit at the table with the adults, and we'll see what happens."
In other words - he wanted the same cash being paid to co-stars Marg Helgenberger and Laurence Fishburne. George, I hope you got all you asked for. He's also getting a sweet signing bonus in the form of a sexy new character, a bombs expert named Kacey Monohan, who will be Nick's new partner on the Vegas streets.