CSI Vegas Mel Rodriguez Leaving
“Honeymoon in Vegas” – Gil Grissom and Sara Sidle come to the aid of a former colleague who’s been implicated in tampering with evidence. The rest of the CSI team works the murder of a couple slain on their wedding day, following the evidence to the salacious underbelly of the Las Vegas elite on CSI: VEGAS, Wednesday, Oct. 13 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. Pictured L-R: Jorja Fox as Sara Sidle, William Petersen as Dr. Gil Grissom, Paula Newsome as Maxine Roby, and Mel Rodriguez as Hugo Ramirez Photo: Sonja Flemming/CBS ©2021 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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CSI: Vegas‘ Season 2 shakeup is extending to the morgue.

Just days after franchise vet Jorja Fox confirmed that she would not be returning for the CBS procedural’s forthcoming second season, TVLine has learned exclusively that fellow cast member Mel Rodriguez is also exiting the sequel series.

A CBS rep declined to comment, but a source close to the show confirmed that Rodriguez — who co-starred as Chief Medical Examiner Hugo Ramirez — would not be back as a series regular (presumably leaving the door open for an occasional guest appearance).

CSI: Vegas wrapped its inaugural 10-episode season back in December.

In announcing her departure on social media earlier this week, Fox revealed that her decision to bow out ahead of Season 2 was directly tied to the previously-announced exit of longtime leading man William Petersen (whose initial commitment did not extend beyond Season 1).

“For me, CSI has always been a love story,” Fox explained to fans on Twitter. “The story that people can find love in the darkest of places and times. I personally just can’t split Sara and Grissom up again. So goes Grissom…..So goes Sara. Wherever they go, they belong together.”

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