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Fishburne in Talks to Replace Petersen on “CSI” August 6, 2008 9:37 am

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Casting, CBS, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, News, Television.
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Laurence Fishburne is in talks to replace William Petersen as the lead star in CBS’s veteran crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Sources say that Fishburne is being heavily courted to play a new character, described as a doctor/scientist outsider to the CSI unit who has the same genetic profile as a serial killer but hasn’t previously acted on any homicidal impulses.

THR further notes that Fishburne had been mentioned as one of the CSI producers’ top choices for the role, along with John Malkovich and Kurt Russell.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

William Petersen Leaving “CSI” July 16, 2008 1:14 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in CBS, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, News, Television.
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Turns out that contract William Peterson inked last March wasn’t a long-term one.  Michael Ausiello of Entertainment Weekly is reporting that the actor will be gone by midseason.  His 10th episode will be his last as a full-time regular.

“Billy is leaving,” confirms the show’s executive producer, Carol Mendelsohn. “But he will remain throughout the run of the series an executive producer. And he will, whenever CBS asks, come back. I don’t think you’ve seen the last of Gil Grissom.”

Source: Entertainment Weekly