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Ted Danson Joining CSI Cast

Fishburne out as chief of Las Vegas crew

(Newser) - Ted Danson's new role won't involve as many hijinks as Cheers, but there'll still be plenty of late nights. The actor is joining CSI next season as the graveyard shift supervisor at the Las Vegas crime lab. Laurence Fishburne is leaving the show and CBS had considered... More »

Source: Fishburne Leaving CSI

'Matrix' actor leaving role as Dr. Raymond Langston

(Newser) - Laurence Fishburne is closing the file on his CSI: Crime Scene Investigation career. The actor won't be back on the CBS crime drama this fall, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Fishburne joined the CSI cast as Dr. Raymond Langston midway through the 2008-09 season. He... More »

CSI Star: Justin Bieber Is a Brat

Marg Helgenberger says the singer locked a producer in a closet

(Newser) - Pop star Justin Bieber may have millions of screaming fans, but CSI star Marg Helgenberger apparently isn't one of them. "I probably shouldn't say this, but he was kind of a brat," Helgenberger told French radio on Friday. Bieber starred in a multi-episode arc on the... More »

30 Rock: TV's Least Ethical Show

Sitcom racks up 11 ethical violations per episode

(Newser) - If the employees on 30 Rock were real, they’d be in serious trouble. The NBC show is the biggest offender when it comes to depicting ethical violations in the workplace, CNN reports. Incidents like Alec Baldwin’s character referring to a “chick lawyer” who’s “asking for... More »

'CSI' Test Can Tell Age From Drop of Blood

New method works on stains that were made years ago

(Newser) - A new blood test from the Netherlands can determine an individual's age within a range of 9 years, the Telegraph reports. The method works by looking at a genetic feature of T cells that diminishes at a constant rate over time. The test can work with a very small amount... More »

Sorry, CSI Fans: Real Crime Labs Suck

Corruption, incompetence widespread

(Newser) - CSI and its endless spinoffs paint crime labs as magical places where brilliant scientists use cutting-edge science to solve impossible cases. But “that image is quite far from reality,” writes Professor Douglas Starr in the Boston Globe . Real-life crime labs are “wildly inconsistent: many labs have poorly... More »

10 Guest Stars Set to Rock TV

Oscar winner Javier Bardem isn't too good for small screen

(Newser) - Need something to look forward to as the summer slowly wanes? No problem. The Frisky lists 10 exciting guest stars set for TV appearances this fall:
  • Brian Austin Green: Megan Fox’s hubby landed a recurring role on Desperate Housewives as a contractor—and housewife love interest.
  • Javier Bardem: The
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Melina Kanakaredes Bails on CSI: NY

Surprise move comes days before shooting starts on Season 7

(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... More »

MySpace Axes Profile of Sex Murder Suspect

Man charged in teen's death listed as 'Jason Stud'

(Newser) - Turns out a MySpace user with a sexy profile is a registered sex offender who has been charged with the rape and murder of California teenager Chelsea King. MySpace has now removed the profile of John Albert Gardner, who used a fake name, email and hometown to register his account.... More »

Dumbest TV Biz Mistakes

From election-night snafus to the WGA strike

(Newser) - It’s been an embarrassing decade for TV networks, as the Hollywood Reporter proves with its list of the aughties’ biggest industry mistakes:
  1. Hollywood writers’ strike: It was unnecessary and “mutually destructive”—and for viewers, “has there ever been a longer 14 weeks?”
  2. ABC’s rejection of
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10 Most Addictive Shows Ever

24 takes top honors, followed by Lost , Friends

(Newser) - Jack Bauer doesn't even have to torture you to keep you glued to your couch, reports the Daily Telegraph, scoring nearly a fifth of the votes for most addictive show in a survey of some 3000 couch potatoes. “Although crime doesn't pay, as our list reveals, it most certainly... More »

Realtors Sue CSI Over Kinky Portrayal

Real estate agents allege producer defamed them in episode

(Newser) - Scott and Melinda Tamkin are your average married real estate agents. Unless you watch CSI, in which they are conniving, kinky-sex-loving real estate agents. The couple is suing the producer of a February episode they say is based on a warped version of them, the Los Angeles Times reports. The... More »

CSI Star, SAG Prez Split Up

Helgenberger, Rosenberg cite irreconcilable differences

(Newser) - CSI star Marg Helgenberger and Screen Actors Guild president Alan Rosenberg filed for divorce Tuesday, E! reports. The two married in 1989 and have an 18-year-old son together. The split, blamed on irreconcilable differences, follows a separation in December. At that time, Helgenberger’s rep said, “They love and... More »

Clooney Gives ER a Shot in the Arm

(Newser) - George Clooney’s appearance on ER last night gave the NBC standby a boost, E! Online reports. Thursday’s episode, which also featured cameos by Noah Wyle, Julianna Margulies, and Eriq La Salle brought in 10.7 million viewers, 2 million more than the previous week—though CBS’ Eleventh Hour,... More »

Fishburne Joins CSI Cast

(Newser) - Laurence Fishburne, who starred in Boyz in the Hood and The Matrix, will return to TV this fall, joining the cast of CSI. Fishburne will replace William Petersen and will play an ex-pathologist now teaching a college course in criminalistics, reports TV Guide. He'll first appear in the hit CBS... More »

CSI Star Avoids Jail in Drug Bust

Gary Dourdan pleads guilty after being caught with heroin, cocaine, and ecstasy

(Newser) - CSI co-star Gary Dourdan sidestepped 3-4 years in jail yesterday by copping a plea in a case involving cocaine and ecstasy, the AP reports. Dourdan, whose character was killed off in the season finale, pleaded guilty to two counts of felony drug possession after an arrest last month near Palm... More »

'CSI' Actor Busted for Drugs

Gary Dourdan nabbed snoozing in car on wrong side of street

(Newser) - Life imitated art for "CSI" star Gary Dourdan when he was arrested Monday in Palm Springs, Calif., for possession of cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, and prescription pills, People reports. The “disoriented” crime drama star, who plays an audio-video analyst with an addiction-addled past, was picked up by patrol officers... More »

CBS Lands Bruckheimer's 'Eleventh Hour'

Huge $25M-$30M deal for British scientific thriller beats out ABC

(Newser) - CBS beat out all comers, mainly ABC, for the rights to a Jerry Bruckheimer/Warner Brothers adaptation of the British series Eleventh Hour, a scientific thriller a la X-Files. The deal, pronounced the biggest of this development season, puts CBS on the hook for $25 million to $30 million, Variety reports. More »

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