I guess people didn't really warm to Riley Adams after all.
Lauren Lee Smith is not going to be back for the tenth season of CSI, executive producer Naren Shankar told TV Guide Magazine. And, much like the departure of Kim Delaney on her first season in CSI: Miami, it's because the character just wasn't working well as everyone had expected.
"It was an issue of how we were feeling the ensemble was working," Shankar said. "When we brought in the character of Riley, it got lost in the shuffle a little bit because we had lost Warrick, we had lost Sara, and then in the middle of last season Grissom finally left. I think, as a result, the character never quite found its footing in terms of the rest of the gang."
And, perhaps, the fact that some CSI fans never really warmed to her, at least as a replacement for Jorja Fox, who left the show in the eighth season. Well, that's moot, then, as Fox's returning to the show for, according to Shankar, at least five episodes. "She shows up because the team is understaffed," he said. "The undersheriff reaches out for a recommendation and Sara says, 'I think that person might be me.'"
"The team has had a rough year--there has been a lot going on--and so Sara comes back mostly just to see if she can help for a while, because she loves those guys and she misses them," Fox told the magazine in a separate interview.
Her five-episode stint is expected to address why she returns to the Las Vegas team--it's been revealed before that she'll be dealing with another serial killer--and all those questions about what happened between her and Grissom. "That will hopefully be a reveal in the premiere," Fox said. "They've prevented me from discussing Grissom at all."
While it's not sure whether she's going to stay, Shankar promises that fans will be in for a treat. "We're going to spotlight her for the episodes that she'll be in," he promises.
Well, you get some, you lose some. Or, I guess Riley wasn't so lucky after all...