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'CSI': As Sara Re-Enters, Riley Leaves

July 28, 2009 08:17:02 GMT

'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation' season 10 will see a lot of Sara Sidle but none of Riley Adams.


'CSI': As Sara Re-Enters, Riley Leaves
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One person in, another is out. While Jorja Fox is welcomed back as Sara Sidle on "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation", an actor has to be let go because the character is not working for the whole show. The unfortunate one would be Lauren Lee Smith aka Riley Adams, the crime investigator who joined the unit in season 9.

Executive producer Naren Shankar confirmed the elimination through TV Guide Magazine, specifying that Riley will not return for the 10th season. "It was an issue of how we were feeling the ensemble was working," he reasoned. "When we brought in the character of Riley, it got lost in the shuffle a little bit because we had lost Warrick, we had lost Sara, and then in the middle of last season Grissom finally left. I think, as a result, the character never quite found its footing in terms of the rest of the gang."

As compensation, Sara will be featured heavily during her 5 episodes appearance. On how she will re-enter the story, Shankar hinted, "She shows up because the team is understaffed. The undersheriff reaches out for a recommendation and Sara says, 'I think that person might be me'."

For the first time since the news spread out, Fox talked about her return. "I never thought I'd be going back to work with people that I knew," Fox expressed her joy. "I thought I'd be starting new things. That was a surprise, so I'm going back to work and it's with the same people who I've worked with for eight years in the past. I was thrilled! For me it was a huge compliment!"

Asked whether Sara's come back means similar thing will happen to her lover Gil Grissom, Fox played it coy. "That will hopefully be a reveal in the premiere. They've prevented me from discussing Grissom at all," she said with a laugh.

The 10th season of "CSI" will begin September 24 on CBS.

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posted by kimberly on Sep 29, 2009
She was great. and this mary person commenting...no one cares if you're watching, you're obviously a rude person.
posted by ashley on Sep 17, 2009
i heard a commercail on the radio when i was drving, and they said that sara was coming back! i cant believe it! im really glad to see her come back, but i hope things worked out with grissom.
posted by yeev on Sep 11, 2009
yeah! glad jorja is back! sara was my favorite character. i hope that doesn't mean that sara and grissom didn't work out. i followed the show religiously because of them. i still watch the show now, but only when i remember.
posted by steph on Aug 28, 2009
I am so glad to see Jorga back this season!
posted by mary on Aug 24, 2009
Oh, god. Not again. Jorja, you chose to leave. So please, stay off the show. Riley had the making of a good character, and I think they could have improved on her rather than kicking her to the curb. Definitely not going to watch this season.

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