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Ted Danson joining the cast of CSI


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#1 OFFLINE   Sharkie_Fan

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 10:33 AM

US Magazine is reporting that Ted Danson will replace Laurence Fishburne on the cast of CSI.

Washington Post story.

And, Inside TV @ EW

I have to say I like this move. I found myself liking 'Ray Langston' at times, and at other times completely uninterested in him. I didn't like the progression from University Professor to Crime Lab Go To Guy in a matter of episodes. And the story line with the serial killer who wouldn't die didn't really capture me. It was good the first time around - the subsequent times through the storyline didn't thrill me.

I haven't seen any of Ted Danson's more recent work, but I think he's a good actor who could fit in really well with the cast that's already assembled. Obviously alot depends on the character they have written for him, but in my minds eye, I can see this being a good fit and refreshing the series a little bit.

That's my hope anyway. :) CSI is one of the staples around our house, and it was at times tough to watch last season, so hopefully they can regroup and recover some of their lost popularity!
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Posted 13 July 2011 - 10:36 AM

From The Hollywood Reporter:

Ted Danson is joining CBS’ flagship "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation."

The former "Cheers" star replaces Laurence Fishburne as the new team leader....

Danson, an Emmy and Golden Globe winner, will play the new CSI supervisor for the grave shift after heading the crime lab in Portland....

“You can create a new character on the page, but until the perfect actor comes along and breathes life into it, it’s just words,” executive producer Carol Mendelsohn said in a statement announcing the casting Tuesday. “We’re very excited Ted Danson came along.”


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Posted 13 July 2011 - 10:37 AM

Ok, mods would you combine the two threads.

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 10:40 AM

He's OK in some roles, but he gave me the creeps in both "Body Heat" and "The Onion Field".
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Posted 13 July 2011 - 10:53 AM

I'm not sure about this one. I haven't liked his last couple of roles, they were too harsh and too hard smoking. I heard he wanted to get right of Sam Malone as his image, but ...

I'll certainly give him a try, I like the series too much. :)

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 10:58 AM

I'm not to sure what to think of this one just yet.
I like the fact that he is coming in a Supervisor and not some low level CSI (as Langston was) who acts like a supervisor. However, they have to be careful not to make his character to much like Grissom otherwise that will possibly turn viewers off.

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 11:01 AM

I'll keep an open mind on this and see how it plays out. At least the writers realized their mistake of replacing the lab supervisor with a rookie and didn't make the same mistake twice.
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Posted 13 July 2011 - 11:05 AM

I'm not sure about this one. I haven't liked his last couple of roles, they were too harsh and too hard smoking. I heard he wanted to get right of Sam Malone as his image, but ...

I'll certainly give him a try, I like the series too much. :)

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I'm thinking too harsh wouldn't play well in CSI... so hopefully they've created a character that can be NOT Sam Malone but at the same time not be so over the top that the character is unenjoyable.
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Posted 13 July 2011 - 11:45 AM

Very interesting choice.... but said... he comming in as an experienced CSI, in a management supervisor role.. that is going to help a lot.
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Posted 13 July 2011 - 11:52 AM

Have I missed something but what happened to Katherine? She was the shift super and I know she, the actor, was planning to leave after this coming season.

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 12:16 PM

I like this idea.

Really enjoyed his work on Damages.

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 12:17 PM

Have I missed something but what happened to Katherine? She was the shift super and I know she, the actor, was planning to leave after this coming season.

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They announced a couple weeks ago... The character is going to transition into a lesser on-screen role. (Same announcement about Fishbern leaving)
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Posted 13 July 2011 - 01:17 PM

He's OK in some roles, but he gave me the creeps in both "Body Heat" and "The Onion Field".

When then he's in the right show for that creepy stuff.

BTW, I think he's a nice addition. Wonder what kind of fault they're going to give his character?

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 01:47 PM

I think he's a nice addition. Wonder what kind of fault they're going to give his character?

Maybe they'll make him a Red Sux fan. That's quite a character fault (and something Danson can do based on past parts). :D
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Posted 13 July 2011 - 02:03 PM

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 02:41 PM

Wonder what kind of fault they're going to give his character?

He'll be psycho about making sure his hairpiece covers his bald spot.
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Posted 13 July 2011 - 02:58 PM

Looking forward to it. Liked him in Cheers, loved him in Becker and Damages. As long as the writing is good, I expect him to hit this one out of the park.
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Posted 13 July 2011 - 11:56 PM

He's OK in some roles, but he gave me the creeps in both "Body Heat" and "The Onion Field".

This is a bad choice for CSI . And I thought Laurence Fishburne was a bad choice this is just as bad of a choice !

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Posted 14 July 2011 - 06:17 AM

No matter what role he plays, I still have him type-casted in my head as Sam. I grew up watching Cheers, over and over and over.
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Posted 14 July 2011 - 06:19 AM

I like this idea.

Really enjoyed his work on Damages.


Agreed. He showed a pretty good depth in that role, so as far as his acting goes, I believe he's got the goods. It'll really come down to how the writers mesh with his style.....




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