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Sela Ward joins 'CSI: NY' cast

July 13, 2010 | 12:07 pm

Sela_ward After much speculation, the search for a new partner for Det. Mac Taylor is officially over.

CBS is now confirming reports that Sela Ward ("Once and Again," "House M.D.") will join the cast of “CSI: New York" to replace departing leading lady Melina Kanakaredes.  

Ward will play an investigator from Washington, D.C., “whose work is driven by her empathy for the victim,” according to a CBS release. A pretty far stretch from Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise).

"We are delighted to have Sela joining CSI: NY," said executive producer Pam Veasey in a statement. "With the exciting stories planned for Season 7, she'll be a dynamic addition to the cast and the team."

Kanakaredes, who has starred as Det. Stella Bonasera for six seasons, announced Monday that she will depart the series.

Ward will make her first appearance in the season premiere when the show returns in the fall at its new time, 9 p.m. Fridays.

In a statement, the Emmy-winning actress had this to say about her new role: "I am thrilled to be working with Gary and this terrific group of people. I'm a huge fan."

Show Trackers, what do you think of the new addition? Will you tune in?

— Yvonne Villarreal

Photo: Ward at a New York premiere in 2004. Photo credit: Peter Kramer / Getty Images.


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