'CSI' Reveals Cast for Series Finale, George Eads Opts Not to Participate

In addition to original stars William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger, the two-hour series finale will feature show's vet Paul Guilfoyle and former guest star Melinda Clarke.

AceShowbiz - CBS has announced the cast for "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" series finale. In addition to the previously confirmed returning stars %cWilliam Petersen% (Gil Grissom) and %cMarg Helgenberger% (Catherine Willows), the two-hour episode will bring back another show vet, %cPaul Guilfoyle% (Jim Brass), who departed the show in season 14.

Main cast members %cTed Danson% (D.B. Russell), %cJorja Fox% (Sara Sidle), %cJon Wellner% (Henry Andrews), %cDavid Berman% (David Phillips), %cWallace Langham% (David Hodges), %cElisabeth Harnois% (Morgan Brody), %cRobert David Hall% (Dr. Al Robbins) and %cEric Szmanda% (Greg Sanders) as well as former guest star %cMelinda Clarke% (Lady Heather) are set to return for the final episode too.

Meanwhile, %cGeorge Eads%, whose character Nick Stokes accepted an offer to head the San Diego PD Crime Lab at the end of season 15, and %cElisabeth Shue%, who played Julie Finlay from season 12 until 15, won't return for the series finale. TVLine says that Eads decided not to participate in the swan song, and EW reports that it's unclear how the producers will handle Shue's absence.

Helgenberger previously expressed her excitement to be back to "CSI" for one last time. "I'm excited... that all of us are going to be back. I think it's going to be a really fun time," she said at the Comic-Con.

Production on the special will begin July 29 in Los Angeles. The two-hour series finale will air September 27 on CBS.

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