Danson, who in addition to a pair of Cheers Emmy wins more recently netted a trio of nods for his work as Damages‘ Arthur Frobisher, will join the CBS crime drama for its 12th season, playing a new Vegas grave shift supervisor who used to head the crime lab in Portland. He comes to the team as they are still grappling with the professional and personal fallout from last season’s take-down of serial killer Nate Haskell.
Danson’s character will fill the void left by the departure of Laurence Fishburne, who as Ray Langston worked alongside the CSIs for two-and-a-half seasons, following the exit of original cast member William Petersen.
“From the moment we all started talking about the role, it was clear [Ted] couldn’t be more perfect,” says CSI executive producer Don McGill. “Intelligence, wit, warmth, depth of character and emotion, he brings it all. And now he’ll have to bring latex gloves, too.”
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Danson will remain a series regular on the HBO series Bored to Death, which was renewed for a third season and traditionally premieres during the month of September.
CSI launches its new season on Sept. 21, in a new time slot — Wednesdays at 10/9c.