‘CSI’ Signs Ted Danson

The veteran actor will be the new lead when the series returns to CBS in the fall.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

With the departure of Laurence Fishburne from "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and the fate of his character,  Dr. Raymond Langston up in the air after the season finale, a new performer is joining the long running series to fill the void left by Fisburne's departure.

CBS has announced that Ted Danson has officially been cast as the new CSI Supervisor who joins the team as they deal with the fallout of Langston's violent confrontation with serial killer Nate Haskell (Bill Irwin). The name of Danson's new character has not yet been released, but it was revealed that he was previously the head of the crime lab in Portland.

"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," gushed "CSI" Executive Producer Carol Mendelsohn. "We're very excited Ted Danson came along."

"From the moment we all started talking about the role, it was clear he couldn't be more perfect," added Mendelsohn's fellow executive producer, Don McGill.  "Intelligence, wit, warmth, depth of character and emotion, he brings it all. And now he'll have to bring latex gloves, too."

Danson is already a TV legend thanks to his portrayal of Sam Malone on "Cheers" for its entire 11 season run. Danson also starred in the CBS sitcom, "Becker" for six seasons and he currently co-stars in the HBO comedy, "Bored To Death;" where he will continue to appear next season according to Deadline.

While Danson is best known for his comedic roles, the actor transformed his image in a riveting turn as a corrupt billionaire named Arthur Frobisher for three seasons on "Damages." The role reinvigorated Danson's dramatic career and led to an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama.

Danson's character will debut on the 12th season premiere of "CSI" this fall on CBS.

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