After Laurence Fishburne left his role on CSI, you knew that the showrunners would have to lure some kind of big name to replace him. He's no Morpheus, but how's Ted Danson strike you? CBS announced yesterday that good old Sam Malone is going to be focusing his laser beams and polishing off his DNA spectrum analyzer, or whatever they use on that show, for a major regular role next season as the head of the graveyard shift of the CSI crew.
Danson's coming off well-regarded turns on Bored To Death and Damages, with the latter role earning him a Golden Globe nomination and the former role apparently still continuing despite his new workload. He's a TV actor by trade, so he should fit right into the busy schedule that such a high-profile show demands, and he's a familiar face to the older demographic that CSI caters to, having been a regular on Cheers for over a decade. He'll start up with the series' season premiere on September 21st, when it shifts to Wednesdays from Thursdays.
In another TV casting news, it looks like professional dreamboat Mark Valley will be joining the cast of Harry's Law next season after the cancellation of Human Target. Valley worked with showrunner David Kelley on The Practice, so he's a known quantity, and he's certainly easy on the eyes. He's also quite attractive. I mean to say he's good-looking.
Alright, I'll stop now.