Category: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

'CSI: Miami' canceled by CBS: So long, Horatio Caine

Bad news for fans of David Caruso's laconic detective Horatio Caine: CBS has canceled "CSI: Miami" after 10 seasons. 

In a statement Sunday morning, the network said: "'CSI: Miami' leaves an amazing television legacy — a signature look and style, global popularity and as a key player in CBS’ rise to the top over the past decade. We thank all the producers — led by Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman and Ann Donahue — and its talented cast, led by David Caruso, for 10 outstanding seasons. Viewers around the world will continue to enjoy rebroadcasts of 'CSI: Miami' in syndication and on key digital platforms for many years to come."

The network will apparently leave intact the original "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," as well as the other spinoff, "CSI: NY." Still, the news marks the beginning of the end for one of TV's most successful franchises of the past decade. "CSI: Miami" had dealt with depressed ratings and sharply increased production costs in recent seasons.

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Photo: Adam Rodriguez and David Caruso (right) on the 10th season finale of "CSI: Miami." Credit: Sonja Flemming / CBS.

David Caruso and 'CSI: Miami' repeats coming to AMC

Don Draper, meet Lt. Horatio Caine: "CSI: Miami" is headed for AMC.

The cable network announced Friday that it had acquired the first 10 seasons of the CBS forensics drama starring David Caruso as the hard-boiled Caine -- more than 200 episodes in total -- plus an additional two seasons if those episodes are produced. "CSI: Miami" will premiere on AMC on Jan. 2 and run weekdays at 5 p.m.

AMC has lately staked out a reputation for high-prestige original programming, such as "Mad Men," "Breaking Bad" and "The Walking Dead." By buying repeats of an established broadcast hit, the cable outlet is turning to a ratings-boosting tactic long used by other networks, including USA and A&E. The move also takes AMC further away from its original mission to air classic Hollywood features. "CSI: Miami" marks the first time the network has bought an existing show off the broadcast networks.

"'CSI: Miami' is one of television's most powerful franchises, and AMC is proud to add it into our programming line-up," Tom Halleen, the network's senior vice president of programming and scheduling, said in a release.

"CSI: Miami" repeats already air on A&E, where they will continue running in the mornings and early afternoons. In addition, episodes ran weekends on certain local TV stations for four years ending in 2010. ("CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," which inspired the Miami spin-off, has reruns on Spike TV and USA.)


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Photo: David Caruso stars in "CSI: Miami," now headed to AMC in a syndication deal. Credit: Matt Kennedy / CBS

Elisabeth Shue joins cast of 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation'

Elisabeth Shue is joining the cast of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" as a series regular.

The Oscar-nominated actress will be introduced on the Feb. 15 episode in her role as the newest investigator — who has just completed an anger management class and is rumored to have been fired by D.B. Russell (Ted Danson) when she worked for him in Seattle.

"The first time, things didn't go so well between the two of them," said executive producer Don McGill. "Maybe the second time's the charm, or not."

Shue's film credits include "Leaving Las Vegas," for which she earned an Oscar nomination, "The Karate Kid," "Cocktail" and "Adventures in Babysitting."


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Photo: Elisabeth Shue. Credit: CBS


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TCA 2011: Ted Danson cheers for his new 'CSI' gig

Ted Danson and Marg Helgenberger discuss CBS' 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation' at the Television Critics press tour. Credit: Fred Prouser / Reuters

Ted Danson has built a varied career, from leading man in hit comedies such as "Cheers" and "Becker" to his applauded supporting roles in "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "Bored to Death" and "Damages." But though he is a showbiz veteran, he is still a bit loopy about stepping into his new starring role on "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation."

"The truth is, my jaw is still hanging a bit from the news," Danson said during a panel discussion of the series at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Beverly Hills as he described how "surprised and thrilled" he was at getting the call from "CSI" producers. "I love going to work. It's a joy going to work."

Danson is stepping into the series following the departure of Laurence Fishburne, who left recently after appearing in the series for less than three years. Producers say Danson's arrival has energized the drama series, which is entering its 12th season.

"This is exciting for us," said executive producer Carol Mendelsohn. "We wanted to excite the audience, and wanted to excite ourselves as writers."

Marg Helgenberger, Jorja Fox and Ted Danson in 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.' Credit: CBS She added that, although the show will still deal with murders, Danson's presence will give "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" a lighter tone this season.

Danson' will play D.B. Russell, the new supervisor for the grave shift. He varies from other CSI lead investigators played by Fishburne and original "CSI" star William Petersen in that he has a more balanced life, being the happily married father of four kids. Said Don McGill, executive producer: "He grew up with counterculture parents, they traveled across the country in a van, it gives him a perspective on life that gives him a different point of view."

Producers called Danson "a huge TV star" who had the right amont of charisma for the role.

Whether Danson still has the star power to bring audiences to the aging procedual will be one of the more intriguing questions of the season. His last leading role was in the therapist comedy "Help Me Help You" in 2006, which was canceled after several episodes.

For Danson, the early days of duty on the show have been "very surrealistic." He said he went quickly from looking at the ocean in Martha's Vineyard to attending a real autopsy in Las Vegas to playing a CSI investigator.

The cast for this season will also include Marg Helgenberger, who had announced previously that she would be leaving the series. But Helgenberger said the invigoration of the writing staff and Danson's involvement made her change her mind: "It was hard letting go. I realized I wasn't done playing this character."

Although Helgenberger said this coming season would be her last, Danson playfully patted her knee and said, "Yeah, we'll see about that."


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Photos: Top: Ted Danson and Marg Helgenberger discuss CBS' 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation' at the Television Critics press tour. Credit: Fred Prouser / Reuters. Right photo: Marg Helgenberger, Jorja Fox and Ted Danson in "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." Credit: CBS.

CBS opens up on Ashton Kutcher's 'Two and a Half Men'

Angus T. Jones, Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer star in "Two and a Half Men." Credit: Matt Hoyle / CBS & Warner Bros.

CBS dropped a few details Wednesday about its newly refurbished "Two and a Half Men" -- but somehow neglected to bring along the new star of its No. 1-rated sitcom, Ashton Kutcher.

Speaking to reporters at the TV press tour in Beverly Hills, Entertainment President Nina Tassler revealed that when the former star of "That '70s Show" joins the "Men" cast this fall, he'll play Walden Schmidt, an Internet billionaire with a broken heart. Kutcher, whose character will be introduced in a two-part season premiere, is replacing Charlie Sheen, who was sacked from the show earlier this year after suffering well-publicized drug problems and openly tangling with the producers.

"Who could have predicted that we would be here six months ago?" Tassler told reporters -- although, as one journalist pointed out, Sheen's lengthy history of trouble pointed to just such an outcome long before it happened.

"Our whole focus right now is moving forward," Tassler added.

Apparently moving forward meant walling off Kutcher from the prying questions of reporters, at least for now. Although CBS dedicated an entire day to marketing its shows at the press tour, it did not include a panel for "Two and a Half Men," the most-watched comedy on TV, which is undergoing the most high-stakes revamping of any series in years.

Tassler explained the lack of a "Men" session by saying that the show is in production. "Men" did its first table read earlier this week and is due to shoot the season premiere on Friday.

"When everyone walked on that set on Monday, you could cut the air with a knife," Tassler said. "Do you pay extra special attention to the first season? Absolutely."

Keeping viewers in the dark is an important part of getting them to tune in to see how Sheen's exit is handled, she added. She declined to confirm stories that have suggested the premiere will open with the funeral of Sheen’s character, swinging bachelor Charlie Harper.

"Men" isn't the only signature show getting a reboot. CBS is doing much the same thing with its forensics drama "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," with Ted Danson replacing Laurence Fishburne, who exited abruptly after getting a cool reception from fans for his work the last few seasons.

The network is hoping both Danson and Kutcher have the type of broad fan bases that can keep ratings aloft for at least a few more seasons.  

"He is a huge TV star, he has a tremendous amount of charisma," Tassler said of Danson.

But she admitted that viewing for the two aging franchises could taper off once the initial curiosity dies down: "I don't know if the numbers will be where they once were," she conceded.

Tassler largely deflected questions about what lessons CBS learned through the Sheen affair, preferring instead to hail the "extraordinary" cast and producers behind the show.

When asked if the network would institute new policies about hiring troubled performers, she cracked: "That would probably be every actor in the business."


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Photo: Angus T. Jones, Ashton Kutcher and Jon Cryer star in "Two and a Half Men." Credit: Matt Hoyle/CBS & Warner Bros.

Jorja Fox returning to 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation' as series regular

Jorja Fox returning to 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation' as series regular

Jorja Fox is returning to "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" as a series regular in the fall.

The actress was a series regular for the first seven seasons, playing tenacious forensic scientist Sara Sidle. Fox left at the beginning of Season 8 and returned only as a guest star the following seasons. But now she's coming back to Clark County for good, TV Line reported.

Fox will be starring alongside Ted Danson, who recently replaced outgoing Laurence Fishburne as head of the investigation team for the procedural during the CBS show's 12th-season shakeup.

Fox has appeared on "ER" as Dr. Maggie Doyle and played Agent Gina Toscano on "The West Wing." She'll also star in Ben Stern's indie drama "3 Weeks to Daytona" with Scott Cohen this year.


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Photo: William L. Petersen with Jorja Fox in "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Credit: Robert Voets / CBS.

Ted Danson will take over as boss on 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation'

Teddanson The "CSI" crew will have a new boss in the fall: Ted Danson.

The busy former "Cheers" leading man - lately seen in "Damages," "Bored to Death" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm," among other places - will play the new CSI supervisor, who previously ran the crime lab in Portland.

"He comes to the team as they are still grappling with the professional and personal fallout from last season's takedown of serial killer Nate Haskell," as CBS put it in a release.

He also comes to the team after the recent sudden exit of Laurence Fishburne, who many fans felt never gelled in his role as Dr. Raymond Langston. Fishburne was the "CSI" lead for less than three years, replacing original star William Petersen.

According to CBS, Danson will retain his co-starring role on the HBO comedy "Bored to Death." "CSI," which will move to Wednesdays for its 12th season this fall, is due to start shooting later this month.

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Photo: Ted Danson in May 2011. Credit: David Livingston/Getty Images.



What's the deal with Laurence Fishburne and other stars leaving prime-time shows?

Fishburne Prime-time stars -- they're dropping like corpses on "CSI."

Laurence Fishburne has vanished from "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." Ditto Christopher Meloni on "Law & Order: SVU." Lisa Edelstein has packed up her belongings and moved away from "House." And Charlie Sheen -- well, you know his story.

What's the deal with the mass exodus from popular series?

Fishburne isn't talking yet, but it seems likely his exit was prompted by a combination of falling ratings and rising expenses for the forensics show as it enters its 12th season on CBS.

You can find out more in our Calendar story about the stars fading away from your favorite shows.


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Laurence Fishburne leaves 'CSI' and the hunt for a replacement is on

Laurencefishburne Laurence Fishburne is out as Dr. Raymond Langston on "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation."

The Oscar-nominated actor will exit the forensics drama, which just wrapped its 11th season, a source close to the show confirmed. In the fall, the show will move from its usual Thursday slot to Wednesdays.

Fishburne joined the show less than three years ago, when it was announced William Petersen would leave.

CBS has not yet picked a replacement for Fishburne, but it doesn't have time for a long casting process: Filming is scheduled to begin for the 12th season next month.

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Photo: Laurence Fishburne in May 2010 in Washington, D.C. Credit: Joshua Roberts / For The Times.

Forest Whitaker brings his force to 'Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior'

Forestw Forest Whitaker is one of the most respected actors in Hollywood, and has built his career on channeling the souls of troubled characters. No matter if he is playing timid men or forces of nature such as ruthless Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, he injects his personae with a force that dominates the screen.

Now Whitaker has taken up a new and unlikely challenge: playing the good guy in a prime-time network drama. Whitaker is the star of "Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior," a spin-off of CBS' "Criminal Minds" about a team of FBI profilers chasing twisted criminals.

The change of pace has invigorated Whitaker, who won an Oscar for his portrayal of Amin in "Last King of Scotland," and he says his character, Special Agent Sam Cooper, who has a gift of getting into the thoughts of vicious killers, fits in with his gallery of offbeat personae: "I really like this character and realized what I could do with him."

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Justin Bieber returns to his (fake) life of crime on 'CSI' [Videos]


Things just aren’t going Justin Bieber’s way these days: his 3D biopic/concert flick opened second to an Adam Sandler RomCom (like, seriously?) and he went home empty-handed at this year’s Grammy Awards (even thought he arrived in an all-white suit!).  It’s no wonder he’s resorted to a life of mischief … even if it’s in the scripted world of “CSI.”

The teen sensation will reprise his role of troubled teen Jason McCann, whom he played in this season’s premiere.  As any hardcore Bieber fan could tell you, McCann was a young kid whose only older brother was killed by the CSI folks. By the end of his cameo, the Biebs was donning an orange prison jumpsuit and still managed to keep that famous coif intact the whole time.

Now — six days after Bieber’s movie debut with “Never Say Never” and during February sweeps — he’s making a return and warning Nick Stokes (George Eads) of “imminent danger.” But that could just be a warning that Bieber Nation will hack his Wikipedia page

Here are clips of the Biebs from Thursday’s episode. I would advise this kid not to watch, it might be too much to handle.


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