'CSI: NY' adds Sela Ward as an investigator transplanted from D.C.

sela-ward-getty-csi-ny.jpg Sela Ward ("Sisters," "Once and Again," "House") joins the cast of "CSI: NY" following the recent (and somewhat unexpected) departure of star Melina Kanakeredes.

Ward will play an experienced investigator from Washington D.C. whose work is driven by her empathy for the victims. Her first appearance will be in the season premiere.

"We are delighted to have Sela joining 'CSI: NY,'" said executive producer Pam Veasey. "With the exciting stories planned for Season 7, she'll be a dynamic addition to the cast and the team."

"I am thrilled to be working with Gary [Sinise] and this terrific group of people," said War. "I'm a huge fan."

Ward is no stranger to the small screen, as she has won Emmys for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for "Sisters" (1994) and "Once and Again" (2000). She also had a recurring role on "House" and starred in the TV bio-pic of reporter Jessica Savitch.

"CSI:NY" is moving to Friday nights at 9 p.m. in the fall.

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