Monday, August 18, 2008

Guess who's coming to CSI

Over the past 10-plus years, there has been only one TV show which I have made an appointment to watch. That would be CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, which can be seen every Thursday evening on CBS. Combine that with the fact that I have long admired actor Laurence Fishburne, I was thrilled to hear the latest entertainment news.

Fishburne, an Emmy and Tony winner, will be introduced in the ninth episode of the upcoming 10th season {Actually, this season is only the 9th – ed.}, the network told The Associated Press on Monday. He'll play a forensics scientist with a secret.

"I am elated and delighted to be joining the cast of `CSI,'" Fishburne said in a statement, adding that he looked forward to a "wonderful collaboration" with those involved in the series.

Fishburne plays a college lecturer and former pathologist who is focused on why people commit acts of violence.

During Season eight, I noticed the character of lead forensic scientist Gil Grissom (played brilliantly over the years by William Petersen) seemed more detached from the rest of the crew. I almost had a sense that his heart was no longer in it. Perhaps this move may be just the thing to resurrect what was becoming a rather moribund TV series last year.

Here’s one CSI junkie who’s hoping so!


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