CBS Television Network and CBS Television Studios said Melina Kanakaredes, who plays Det. Stella Bonasera on "CSI: NY", will be leaving the program after six seasons,Nellie Andreeva at Deadline.com reports.
Kanakaredes’ contract was up and although CBS and CBS TV Studios approached her, she decided to move on, the story says.
Her departure comes just weeks before the program is set to begin production on its seventh season on July 28. One replacement under consideration is Sela Ward of "Once and Again," who would star with Gary Sinise on the program, the article adds.
Kanakaredes joined "CSI: NY" after the end of "Providence," signing a deal that Andreeva writes earned her $200,000 per episode, the story says.