Melina Kanakaredes Bails on CSI: NY
Surprise move comes days before shooting starts on Season 7
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 12, 2010 6:32 PM CDT
"CSI: NY" co-stars Gary Sinise and Melina Kanakaredes during a celebration of the show's 100th episode at CBS Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, Sept. 16, 2008.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
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(Newser) – In an unexpected move just days before CSI: NY begins shooting its seventh season, co-star Melina Kanakaredes said today she'll leave the case of the CBS crime procedural. "We hoped Melina would return to CSI: NY for another season, but we respect her decision to move on," the network said in a statement, seemingly indicating negotiations had been ongoing. The show is the lowest-rated show in the CSI family and is moving to Friday this fall, which bodes ill for its prospects, New York notes.