CBS renewed “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” for a 14th season and signed up the entire cast to return next season too.
That includes the series’ current star, of course — Ted Danson, who’s in his second season of playing lead investigator D.B. Russell on the Las Vegas-based police procedural. According to Deadline.com, Danson earns “well over” $200,000 an episode to appear on “CSI” under his current two-year deal, which was set to expire this season.
CBS made the announcement Wednesday. The press release demonstrates the great stability of this long-running drama series: All of the cast is returning next season, including five cast members who have been there since the beginning.
Those five are: George Eads, Jorja Fox (although she took a break at one point), Eric Szmanda, Paul Guilfoyle and Robert David Hall.
Also returning next season: Elisabeth Shue, Wallace Langham, Elisabeth Harnois, David Berman and Jon Wellner.
“CSI,” seen currently on Wednesday nights at 10/9c, has been one of CBS’s sturdiest performers since its inception. In fact, back in its first seasons, it was often the highest-rated show on prime-time TV. The show’s success set the entire network’s success in motion — spawning two “CSI” spinoffs, and also steering the network’s development efforts toward procedural dramas, many of which also became long-running hits.