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post #751 of 1041
I will miss Laurence Fishburne on CSI.. The problem I had was there were 2 doctors on 1 show.. the casting of him as a CSI investigator who happens to be a doctor was overkill. there were scenes where the 2 doctors were in the autopsy room comparing notes.I wish him well and hope CBS gets a suitable replacement..
post #752 of 1041
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Originally Posted by foxeng View Post

How many shows has he been sent in to pinch hit and have killed. No thanks.

I agree 100%, anyone but Smits.
post #753 of 1041
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Originally Posted by MRM4 View Post

Jimmy Smits has become the Ted McGinley of the 21st century.

Funny, "Dexter" is still on and going onto his sixth season (three more since Smits guest-starred) although the show now limps instead of confidently walking around strutting with pride.
post #754 of 1041
This last season's episodes were not up to par as the previous seasons. Probably a sign of budget cuts.
post #755 of 1041
I too will miss Fishperson
post #756 of 1041
TV Notes
Ted Danson Surprisingly Takes On 'CSI'
By Nikki Finke, Deadline.com - July 12th, 2011

He's coming in as a new team leader on the graveyard shift of the original CSI filling one of the voids left by Laurence Fishburne who himself took over from William Petersen. The talks with Ted Danson only started about two weeks ago and closed late today, so this was truly fast casting. The show moves to a new night -- from Thursdays to Wednesdays -- in the hopes of growing that 10 PM time slot and invigorating ratings. Fishburne never clicked with viewers, and Danson seems like sensible casting. "A proven TV star coming into an aging hit is quite a coup. Danson most recently had a gig with FX's Damages and has been a regular on HBO's Bored To Death which will continue.

CBS press release follows:

LOS ANGELES - July 12, 2011 Multiple Emmy Award winner Ted Danson will join the cast of CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, in a series regular role, on the CBS Television Network. His character will debut in the season premiere on Wednesday, September 21 (10:00-11:00 PM,ET/PT). Danson will play the new CSI Supervisor for the grave shift after heading 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 take-down of serial killer, Nate Haskell. "You can create a new character on the page, but until the perfect actor comes along and breathes life into it, it's just words," said Executive Producer Carol Mendelsohn. "We're very excited Ted Danson came along."

"From the moment we all started talking about therole, it was clear he couldn't be more perfect," said Executive Producer Don McGill. "Intelligence, wit, warmth, depth of characterand emotion, he brings it all. And now he'll have to bring latex gloves, too."

Ted Danson will remain a series regular on the critically acclaimed HBO series,Bored to Death. He has also recently garnered accolades for his roles on Damages and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Ted Danson will next be seen starring opposite Drew Barrymore and John Krasinsky in Everybody Loves Whales to be released in January 2012.

Now entering its 12th season, CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION is the most-watchedtelevision show in the world. CSI is produced by CBS Television Studiosin association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television. The executive producers are Jerry Bruckheimer, Carol Mendelsohn, Anthony Zuiker, Don McGill, Jonathan Littman and Louis Milito.


http://www.deadline.com/2011/07/brea...s-over-on-csi/
post #757 of 1041
Looks like someone is getting demoted....
post #758 of 1041
I liked Danson on Cheers, but not on anything else.
post #759 of 1041
Danson was great on Damages and Curb, two very different roles...
post #760 of 1041
Ted Danson is the new Alan Alda.
post #761 of 1041
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I liked Danson on Cheers, but not on anything else.
He was great as Becker.
post #762 of 1041
He was super as Sam Malone!
post #763 of 1041
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Originally Posted by MRM4 View Post

Jimmy Smits has become the Ted McGinley of the 21st century.

Never really got that joke. Well - I do "get" what they were going for - it's just not really a true example. Apparently whomever made it up avoided to factor in that those shows were on the outs already.

And it certainly wouldn't apply to 'Married with Children'.

Smits, on the other hand, would probably be a truer example, because they continue to try and build whole shows around him as an actor.
post #764 of 1041
Danson? Nnnnnnnooooooooooooooooooo! The show has just jumped the shark. RIP CSI...
post #765 of 1041
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Danson was great on Damages and Curb, two very different roles...

Funny on Bored to Death as well.
post #766 of 1041
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Originally Posted by Rammitinski View Post

Never really got that joke. Well - I do "get" what they were going for - it's just not really a true example. Apparently whomever made it up avoided to factor in that those shows were on the outs already.

And it certainly wouldn't apply to 'Married with Children'.

Smits, on the other hand, would probably be a truer example, because they continue to try and build whole shows around him as an actor.

Always thought McGinley's casting on MWC was an inside joke relating to that the actor's penchant for "show killer".
post #767 of 1041
Jorja Fox is back on the show full-time this season. It will be interesting to see how they play the storyline with her in Vegas all the time and her hubby in the jungle.
post #768 of 1041
They've carried that on for at least a season now, I see no change....
post #769 of 1041
I'm sure they did at some point, but I don't remember if they ever gave an explanation.

Why exactly is Sara in Las Vegas instead of with Grissom?
post #770 of 1041
TV Review
'CSI' with Ted Danson
Evidence shows that the veteran actor is a smooth addition to the 'Crime Scene Investigation' procedural.
By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times - September 21st, 2011

Well, it's official. At this stage in his career, there is nothing Ted Danson can't do. Including walk into an aging franchise, crash through its calcified conventions and deliver a whole new sort of genius investigator one who isn't tortured or crazy, one who can ask his wary new team about local farmers markets with the same easy confidence that he uses to dress down a subordinate who thinks paperwork is beneath him.

Watching Danson glide through his first two episodes as "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation's" D.B. Russell, the new night supervisor brought in to replace Laurence Fishburne's Dr. Raymond Langston, is like watching Fred Astaire dance he makes it look not only easy but inevitable. Yes, of course, this is what would happen next, which in this case is not so much a big musical number but one of the many ludicrous plot twists an octopus on a tram! or Olympian leaps of logic that remain the hallmark of the show.

Whether he can lift the aging franchise back to its former ratings glory is another question entirely. "CSI" remains "CSI," the weary queen ant of the forensics procedural; Danson is new blood, but the star of the show remains the investigation narrative.

The disappearance of Fishburne's Langston, who in last year's season finale killed the serial murderer he had been hunting for years, is handled with surprising yet characteristic brevity. Russell's move to the Las Vegas police may be greeted with obligatory suspicion he's from the Pacific Northwest, for goodness sake and Catherine Willows (Marg Helgenberger) realizes that the department is far from off the hook for the events leading up to the Dick and Jane killer's death.

Within forensics' very busy universe bugs, blood, trajectory re-creations, a rogues' gallery of witnesses Danson can be but a subtle influence. Still, what executive producers Carol Mendelsohn and Don McGill and their team have done by creating Russell is promising, both for the show and the genre. When, on the phone with his wife, Russell asks his team if Vegas has any farmers markets, the look on Catherine and Nick (George Eads) captures the procedural's tired married-to-the-job trope and limited ken in a way that borders on self-satire.

Far from the damaged, obsessive and obsessed leads we have come to expect from shows like "CSI" or even "The Mentalist," Russell is refreshingly normal, with a life and family outside work traits that don't prevent him from being very good at what he does.

Then there's the sheer pleasure of watching an actor at the peak of his craft, which should bring, and keep, at least a few new viewers. The problem, of course, is that "CSI" is not, and never was, a character-driven drama; it's a police procedural. After conquering such exquisite characters as Arthur Frobisher on "Damages" and George Christopher on "Bored to Death," Danson is like a master chef who has taken a job in a cafeteria. Something will have to change, and one can only hope that it's the old menu rather than the new guy in the white hat.

CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION
Series Premiere Tonight at 10PM on CBS


http://www.latimes.com/entertainment...,2724991.story
post #771 of 1041
That's right, I forgot about the crazy new time slot. Not sure if I should pick SVU or CSI to watch live
post #772 of 1041
An OK episode tonight. I've seen better Season Premiers in my day

I do like the addition of Ted Danson. His character is a little interesting.

What's the story with Catherine being demoted? The blonde who interviewed with Detective Vartann is taking her place?
post #773 of 1041
Marg Helgenberger will have a reduced role this season. The storyline of her being demoted falls in with that.

Isn't the "new" girl the same one in L.A. last season when I thought they might be doing yet another spin-off?

I must get some BBQ sauce for my crow. Danson's character is interesting and he played it wonderfully. I'm actually looking forward to more episodes now.
post #774 of 1041
Gotcha. Thanks for the information.
post #775 of 1041
I hope all the "By the book" stuff is just bluster, There are so many procedural that are by the book, don't need more. I like the working outside of the lines aspect of the show, if they loose that they risk loosing me - not that they care.


Danson is fine in the role, quirky enough to fit in, enough baggage to make him interesting. Funny if Mary S. showed up as his wife.
post #776 of 1041
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An OK episode tonight. I've seen better Season Premiers in my day

I do like the addition of Ted Danson. His character is a little interesting.

What's the story with Catherine being demoted? The blonde who interviewed with Detective Vartann is taking her place?

It is all tyed into the the Langston characters meltdown from last season and Fishbourne's departure. This is what the producers are using to help Helgenberger back out as well.

Story plot:

Nick and Langston went to LA chasing Nate Haskell at the end of last season and both went rogue out there. Catherine, being the immediate supervisor caught the grief and was demoted. This allows Danson to be introduced into the cast correcting the producers error of not making Langston a supervisor. While in LA, we met CSI Morgan Brody, who is Ecklie's daughter. She helped out Nick and Langston in the LA episodes and caught hell from the LA locals for it so it would appear she got canned and is now in Vegas trying to get Daddy to get her a job and because Nick went rogue, Ecklie is trying to get rid of Nick, hence the Russell comment to Ecklie that he would hate to lose Nick, presumed to be replaced by Brody. But in reality, and what hasn't been broadcast yet, Nick stays and Brody is added in some capacity.

Now you are up to date.
post #777 of 1041
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Originally Posted by Matt L View Post

Funny if Mary S. showed up as his wife.

Don't give them any ideas! (unless they pay you for it!)
post #778 of 1041
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But in reality, and what hasn't been broadcast yet, Nick stays and Brody is added in some capacity.

She is, in effect, replacing Katherine.

The way they showcased her last year, I knew they were going to be using her for something else in the future.
post #779 of 1041
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Originally Posted by Matt L View Post

Danson is fine in the role, quirky enough to fit in, enough baggage to make him interesting. Funny if Mary S. showed up as his wife.

Please! That's been done to death by many shows in the past. One was done just last night.
post #780 of 1041
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She is, in effect, replacing Katherine.

While factually true, as far as the story line goes, both are there.

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The way they showcased her last year, I knew they were going to be using her for something else in the future.

That was obvious.
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