Following the announcement of Laurence Fishburne's exit from "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" last month, CBS has tapped Ted Danson to fill in the vacant role. Rumor has it, the network chose Ted among the likes of candidates such as Robin Williams, Tony Shalhoub and John Lithgow.
Ted will play a new grave shift supervisor who moves to Las Vegas from the Portland crime lab. The 63-year-old TV star vet is going to join the "CSI" team "as they are still grappling with the professional and personal fallout from last season's take-down of serial killer, Nate Haskell (Bill Irwin)."
Ted's character reportedly will be a bit more light-hearted than Laurence's Ray Langston, and more in the vein of his predecessor, William Petersen's Gil Grissom. "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.
Talking about how Ted will fit into the new character, exec producer Don McGill gushed, "From the moment we all started talking about the role, it was clear he couldn't be more perfect. Intelligence, wit, warmth, depth of character and emotion, he brings it all. And now he'll have to bring latex gloves, too."
"CSI: Crime Scene Investivation" once was a top show. However, since Petersen left the show as a regular in 2008, "CSI" went from being in the Top 5 slot to number 30. Still, the TV series stands as the most-watched series in the world. It will return for a new season with the "Bored to Death" star Ted on board on September 21.