'CSI' Search Focuses on Laurence Fishburne
"He is an outsider coming into the CSI unit," CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler told reporters last month at the Television Critics Association press tour. "He comes in not immediately as the boss, but he has an interesting genetic profile that in certain sort of medical contexts, they've noticed that many times serial killers have that same genetic profile. And this gentleman knows this about himself and is sort of in this journey and -- and to discover who his true character will ultimately become."
Petersen, longtime star and executive producer on the highly rated drama, is expected to depart "CSI" after the season's 10th episode, though the show's team will make his exit open-ended enough to allow for possible sweeps-timed cameos.
The new season of "CSI" will feature the return of Jorja Fox's Sara Sidle and the introduction of a new character played by Lauren Lee Smith, but with Petersen refocusing his creative energies and Gary Dourdan's future on the show in rather extreme flux, there was always going to be an opening for a strong male lead.
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