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'CSI' lands big name: Laurence Fishburne

August 18, 2008 |  1:49 pm

Thurgood Marshall

There's been a lot of speculation about who would get the starring role in one of TV's most successful shows. "CSI" has been looking for a new lead after William Petersen decided to leave after a decade with the crime drama. Today, CBS announced a big name. According to CNS:

Emmy and Tony Award winner and Oscar nominee Laurence Fishburne will join the cast of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” in this season’s ninth episode, CBS announced today. Fishburne’s casting as a crime scene investigator comes in conjunction with the departure of series star William Peterson [sic] the season’s 10th episode. In a statement released by the network, executive producers Carol Mendelsohn and Naren Shankar said, “CBS asked us, ‘Who’s at the top of your dream list?’ Without hesitation, we said Laurence Fishburne. He is a powerful and intense actor, with an incredible range. “We had the opportunity to see Mr. Fishburne in ‘Thurgood’ on Broadway a few weeks ago, and it was a truly profound experience. The actor disappeared and Thurgood Marshall was standing there on the stage. Mr. Fishburne is also a talented writer and director. If you distill ‘CSI’ down to its essence, it’s a collaboration -- and we are so looking forward to collaborating with Mr. Fishburne. For all of us at ‘CSI,’ this is truly a dream.”

Meanwhile, the Creative Arts Emmy winners were announced today. Details after the jump...

City News Service

The Emmy Awards ceremony is still about a month away, but five people were already named winners today.

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the winners of three juried Emmy awards, which will be presented to the winners Sept. 13 at the Creative Arts Emmy ceremony. Juried award categories have no nominations.

The winners announced today were:

-- Outstanding costumes for a variety/music program or special: costume designer Shanna Knight and costume supervisor Elizabeth Tagg for "Frank TV"

-- Outstanding voice-over performance: Keith David, narrator of "The War, A Necessary War"

-- Outstanding individual achievement in animation: Ben Balistreri, character design for "Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends," and Teresa Drilling, animator for "Creature Comforts America"

The Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony is scheduled for Sept. 21 at the Nokia Theatre.