CBS will go with an actor best known for sitcoms to take over for Laurence Fishburne on ‘CSI,’ according to a number of media reports.
According to our friends Lynette Rice and James Hibberd at EW.com’s Inside TV blog, who write, "[Ted] Danson — the veteran Emmy-winning TV actor who was most recently seen toking doobies with Zach Galfianakis on HBO’s ‘Bored to Death’ — replaces Fishburne, who left the series in May after CBS declined to renew his contract. Fishburne came to the drama more than two years ago in an attempt to fill the void left by William Petersen (Gil Grissom)."
Danson has also played some dramatic parts, most notably on "Damages." He was also very good in a supporting role in the 1981 crime thriller "Body Heat," before he starred on the long-running "Cheers."
The EW story adds, "The casting of Danson caps off an exhaustive search by CBS to find another star worthy enough to help return some luster to the aging ‘CSI’ franchise. EW learned that offers went out to actors like Tony Shaloub, Robin Williams and John Lithgow before the studio landed on Danson, who’s been enjoying a career resurgence thanks to a critically-acclaimed run on ‘Damages.’ He received three Emmy nominations for playing Arthur Frobisher on the (onetime) FX drama. Danson will remain a series regular on ‘Bored.’ "