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Preview of 'CSI' 200th Episode: Murder of Langston's Protege

" CSI : Crime Scene Investigation" will celebrate its 200th episode on April 2, and a preview for the monumental event has been released. Called "Mascara", the episode is helmed by Academy Awards and Golden Globe Award-winning director William Friedkin (" The Exorcist "). A murder takes place in the world of Mexican wrestling and the CSIs must solve the crime. The team has to enter the world of Luche Libre to catch the killer of the victim which turns out to be one of Langston's former students. Friedkin had previously directed another "CSI" episode in 2007 called "Cockroaches". It teamed him up with screenwriter Dustin Lee Abraham who happens to also write for "Mascara". Additionally, executive producer Naren Shankar is also involved in the scriptwriting. Source here

Henry Thomas, That Kid From 'E.T.', Gets A Guest Role

Remember that kid from E.T.? No, not Drew Barrymore - she's the other kid. The main guy, yeah. Henry Thomas. The kid who found himself with a much deeper connection to an alien lost in this planet. Yep, that guy. Now I had that out of the way, the new stuff. Entertainment Weekly now reports that he will appear as a guest in an episode of CSI , slated to air this May. It's not a comeback for him: he's never really disappeared from acting, staying active in movies throughout the past decade or so. Then again, his television acting roles are much rare: his first small-screen role popped up only in 2005, and most recently, he took a two-episode story arc in Without a Trace . For this CSI episode, Thomas will appear as Jeremy Kent, a murderer who was convicted of a crime almost twenty years ago. The person who investigated his case happens to be Catherine (Marg Helgenberger), in what turns out to be her first solo case. Simply put, we'll be given a chance to look back at her origins as a police investigator. Now, the catch is, Jeremy's been in prison for almost two decades, and along the way he's picked up and learned everything he can about forensics. All of a sudden, he is contesting Catherine's findings back in 1991, perhaps in an aim to get himself free with all that fancy technology and techniques we see the CSI team work with on a weekly basis. And then all the questions start coming out: did Catherine make a mistake back in her early years? What could this mean for her as a crime investigator? Will it even make any difference? Y ou know, all that stuff. Just in time for May sweeps. Perhaps one definite is, we won't be seeing that alien come to his rescue. Of course, I was kidding. Soruce here

Ratings: Did Clooney Make ER's Numbers Palpitate? - Featured

Thursdays ratings recap: * 8 pm/ET Survivor gained 880K from last week's Idol-ized outing to top the hour with 12.89 million total viewers. Bones placed second with a typical 9.55 mil, followed by Ugly Betty (7.2 mil, up 830K). Smallville returned to an audience of 3.72 mil, down 150K from its last fresh outing. But hey, it nearly tied Kath & Kim (4 mil) for the No. 4 spot, come 8:30. * 9 pm CSI plunged 18 percent week-to-week, delivering an audience of 16.96 mil. Grey's Anatomy was No. 2 with 13.54 million viewers (a 12 percent drop from its last fresh outing), but of course topped the demos. Trailing Hell's Kitchen (7.777 mil), both NBC's The Office (7.5 mil) and 30 Rock (6.4 mil) fell 13 percent. Supernatural returned to an audience of 2.84 mil, down 600 thou from its last new entry. * 10 pm Eleventh Hour held onto the top spot with 11.8 million viewers, dipping 370K week-to-week. A cavalcade of returning faves helped ER surge 22 percent to hit 10.7 mil, and place No. 1 in the demos. Did it dawn on anyone else that Seattle plays home to both McDreamy and the McDreamyER Doug Ross? Kinda makes up for all the rain, doesn't it, ladies? Private Practice came in third with 9.07 mil, plummeting 20 percent. Source here

Watch a sneak peek of Season 9 Episode 17, ''No Way Out''

Langston and Riley are taken hostage during the aftermath of a shootout in an usually calm Las Vegas community, on CSI : CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, Thursday, March 12 (9:00-10:01 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Denzel Whitaker ( The Great Debaters ) guest stars as Frankie Kirkland. To Watch The Preview Click Here . Source here

'CSI' and 'Battlestar Galactica' Clash on April 16 Episode

" CSI : Crime Scene Investigation" and " Battlestar Galactica " merge has been reported by Chicago Tribune in late February, but new details confirming the sort-of-crossover have just been unearthed. The April 16 episode of "CSI" will have "a bit of 'Battlestar Galactica' vibe to it," CSI executive producer Naren Shankar confirmed. "It's about a murder at a science fiction convention," he said further. "Hodges (Wallace Langham) and Wendy (Liz Vassey) re-enacting scenes from a campy - and entirely fictional - 1960's era sci-fi TV show." In the episode called "A Space Oddity", BSG star Kate Vernon will play an undisclosed role along with the show's creator Ronald D. Moore. The episode is written by David Weddle and Bradley Thompson, who previously wrote an episode for BSG. Occasional BSG director Michael Nanking will sit in as the helmer. Weddle also mentioned previously that there would be "other surprise cameos for sci-fi fans." Source here

Ratings: CSI Digs Up a Big Audience - Featured

Thursday's ratings snapshot: * 8 pm/ET American Idol 's lucky number was (Top) 13, as it won the night with an audience of 21.24 million total viewers, a 6 percent dip from Wednesday's results show. Survivor placed a distant second with 11.98 mil (down 300K week-to-week), followed by Ugly Betty (slipping 430 thou, to 6.38 mil). NBC's Earl (5.55 mil) dropped 17 percent from its last fresh outing, while Kath & Kim (4.16 mil) saw a decent gain. * 9 pm CSI nipped at Idol's heels for best-of-night honors, surging 17 percent to deliver 20.8 million viewers. That's the procedural's biggest draw since Grissom said goodbye. (Um, thanks, Taylor Swift...?) With Grey's taking a knee (and goosed by Idol's overrun), Hell's Kitchen cooked up a second-place finish with 8.63 mil. The Office (8.63 mil) dipped 270K, while 30 Rock leaped 17 percent to hit 7.35 mil. * 10 pm Eleventh Hour was No. 1 in viewers (with 12.15 mil, up 420K), while ER (8.789 mil) topped the demos. Source here

Tonight's TV Hot List: Thursday, March 5, 2009 - Featured

* 30 Rock (9:31 pm/ET NBC) Tick tock. Tick tock. The sound you hear is Mizz Liz's biological clock. The TGS den mom wants to be a real mom, and her baby fever rises to new levels when she chums up to a pregnant teenage donut-shop staffer in a bid to adopt her baby. Meanwhile, at 30 Rock, Jenna pushes for more attention as her birthday approaches. Forget the birthday candles - there'll be enough flare-ups when her party is planned with one for Tracy. In Jack's world, the controlling bigwig participates in a guys' night out, only to connect with Frank over their "daddy issues." John Lithgow and Patti LuPone guest star. * American Idol (8 pm/ET Fox) The Top 12 contingent is shaping up - and will be in complete form after tonight's show. Our dirty dozen includes Alexis Grace, Michael Sarver, Danny Gokey, Allison Iraheta, Kris Allen and Adam Lambert, plus last night's winners from the final pool of semifinalists. It's the wild, wild west tonight: A wild-card installment features the judges' favorite remaining contestants in competition for the last coveted positions. * CSI : Crime Scene Investigation (9 pm/ET CBS) Dreams really do come true! Just ask Taylor Swift. The chart-busting country singer recently revealed in a TV interview that her "dream is to die on CSI." She gets her wish on tonight's emotion-packed episode in which she plays Haley Jones, a troubled teen with an identity crisis who is murdered in the parking lot of a seedy motel. While the story pivots on Swift's character, she's underused in the hour but still manages to make a strong impression. The real standout is George Eads as Nick, who battles conflicting emotions over whether he could have prevented Haley's death. * Burn Notice (10 pm/ET USA) Michael makes a play for his freedom in tonight's season finale as he tries to escape Carla's grasp. After weeks of pressure from her to catch his would-be killer, he's ready for a showdown. He also learns some surprising information from Victor after capturing him to get some answers. But will he like what he hears? * Randy Jackson Presents: America's Best Dance Crew (10 pm/ET MTV ) Despite having a stellar season, the Fly Khicks were eliminated last week, squashing any hopes for an all-female finale. The ladies of the Beat Freaks are still in the running to be the first female crew to take the top prize, but the heavily favored Quest Crew could stand in their way. The polls are closed, so now all everyone can do is keep their fingers crossed. By the end of the night, one crew will walk away with the coveted title of America's Best Dance Crew and a cool $100,000 cash prize, and the other crew will just walk away. Source here

Watch a sneak peek of Turn, Turn, Turn Season 9 Episode 16 (Taylor Swift Guest Stars)

When the CSI s are called to a murder scene at a familiar motel, Nick is thrown for a loop as he pieces together three separate murder investigations that all took place at the same establishment over the course of a year, on CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, Thursday, March 5 (9:00-10:01 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Taylor Swift guest stars as Haley Jones, a teenaged girl whose family runs the seedy Vegas motel. To Watch The Preview Click here . Source here

Preview of 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation' 9.16: Turn Turn Turn

The long wait is shortened, Taylor Swift's episode in " CSI : Crime Scene Investigation" is coming next week. On March 5, the country singer will portray a girl named Haley Jones who had formed a rather close bond with Nick while she was still alive. The preview of the episode is using Swift's song "You're Not Sorry" which is found in her second studio album "Fearless". Presented in flashbacks, the episode follows the happenings of a seedy motel's inhabitants over the course of a year. The CSIs are called to a few too many cases to be coincidence and one CSI in particular finds himself becoming emotionally involved. Nick, according to a spoiler from EW's Michael Ausiello, will find out about her death on his birthday. Nick "breaks down at the end, thinking he could have prevented her death if only he had tried harder on those other cases." Taylor Swift had declared previously to CBS' Katie Couric that enrolling in the show is a dream comes true. She even gets a compliment from Greg depicter Eric Szmanda who told E!, "She did a great job! She kind of transformed herself; she's not giving people Taylor Swift; she's giving them the character. I think this will be the first of many roles for her." For The Preview Click Here . Source Here

Tonight's TV Hot List for Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009

* American Idol (8 pm/ET Fox) Idol certainly isn't idle - the talent show is hitting its stride with the second results show tonight. Last week, 24 million votes were cast (almost 10 million more than this time last year, according to FOX), and America advanced Alexis Grace (her rendering of "I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You" sizzled and smoked), big Texan Michael Sarver and likable Danny Gokey to the finals. Tonight's second set of semifinalists hope for similar good fate. Alas, only three finalists will be chosen - and nine hopefuls will be cut. * The Black List: Volume Two (8 pm/ET HBO ) Trying to top the first installment of interviews with influential black Americans would be a tall task, but that's not really the point. Instead, this second hour is simply an extension of 2008's Volume One, with director Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and unseen interviewer Elvis Mitchell selecting 15 conscientious, dedicated individuals to share their stories, including Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick, artist Kara Walker, actor Laurence Fishburne, activist Majora Carter and pastor T.D. Jakes. * CSI : Crime Scene Investigation (9 pm/ET CBS) The CSIs investigate three head-scratching murder cases on tonight's more-complex-than-usual episode. The trio of deaths, seemingly unrelated and occurring in separate Vegas locations, stretch the staff thin and force the usually lab-locked Wendy into the field. The victims are an art dealer who may be involved in fraud, a 31-year-old Hollywood woman on the fringe of show business and a private investigator searching for a missing person. The cases couldn't be more different, but a common link is discovered. John Schneider guest stars. * The Chris Isaak Hour (10 pm/ET BIO) The versatile entertainer known for his silky singing style and acting forays in film and TV (he starred in his own series in the early 2000s) hosts a talk show featuring music artists who chat about their lives and perform with Isaak. In the opener, he talks with Trisha Yearwood about her childhood, the years before stardom and family life. Among the songs they perform are "Wrong Side of Memphis," "Crazy," "Walkaway Joe" and "Breaking Apart." * Burn Notice (10 pm/ET USA) When working on a case, Michael Westen always remains effortlessly cool and collected. His latest job, however, threatens his composure when it takes a decidedly personal turn. His ex-fiancee (Dina Meyer) shows up in Miami to ask him to help her locate her kidnapped son. And to add more stress to his plate, Michael also sets his sights on befriending a rogue burned agent before one of them ends up dead. In Performance at the White House (8 pm/ET PBS (check local listings)) From 12-year-old wunderkind to modern-day inspiration, there's much to be said of and about Stevie Wonder. Here he receives official recognition for his talents at the White House, where President Obama - who used Wonder's "Signed, Sealed and Delivered I'm Yours" as a theme song during the 2008 campaign - honors him with the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. The likes of Tony Bennett, Diana Krall, Martina McBride, Esperanza Spalding, and Mary Mary sing his songs, and Wonder, of course, also performs. Source here