A CBS series that has become an institution of the broadcast TV landscape is losing its final remaining original cast member at end of its current season.
TV Guide reports that George Eads, who has played the role of Nick Stokes on “CSI” since the series’ pilot, will make an amicable departure at the end of this season, the show’s 15th.
For those following the show’s plot, Eads will bow out in connection with the resolution of what’s known as the Gig Harbor Killer case, TV Guide says.
Eads has been off the show before, for an extended leave of absence last year and also in 2004, when he and Jorja Fox were temporarily fired in what was labeled a dispute over salary.
With Eads’ departure, Fox will become the series’ veteran, should it return for a 16th season; she appeared in the show’s second episode and is currently a cast member, after scaling back to a recurring character in Seasons 9 and 10.
George Eads as Nick Stokes on “CSI”