Ted Danson Joins the Cast of ‘CSI’

by | July 12, 2011 at 9:21 PM | CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, TV News

Ted Danson (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen)

Ted Danson (AP Photo/Jeff Christensen)

There’s a new “CSI” guy on the case, and he’s a very familiar face.

Ted Danson is joining “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” for Season 12, CBS announced Tuesday.

Danson is taking over as the team leader to fill the void left by the departing Laurence Fishburne (who took over for the departing William Petersen). According to the release, he’ll play “the new CSI Supervisor for the grave shift after heading the crime lab in Portland. He comes to the team as they are still grappling with the professional and personal fallout from last season’s take-down of serial killer, Nate Haskell.”

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His character will debut in the season premiere on Wednesday, September 21. The show moves to a new night this fall – Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on CBS – so between the new time slot and the new big star, it just may be the shot in the arm “CSI” needs.

“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,” said Executive Producer Carol Mendelsohn. “We’re very excited Ted Danson came along.”

The “Cheers” star has most recently been seen on TV on FX’s “Damages” and HBO’s “Bored to Death.”

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