Following the exit of Jorja Fox
earlier this season, many rumors have sprouted that CSI
's main star, William Petersen
(Gil Grissom), will soon be leaving the Emmy Award-winning forensic drama he has spearheaded since 2000. While the 55-year-old actor never really confirmed his exact departure from the CBS series, several of his interviews conducted earlier this year strongly suggest that he has already been contemplating on hanging up his CSI
The buzz about Petersen's departure has further heaped on with his contract running out this May, which fueled many fans to express their concerns and more importantly, their disapproval to the CSI
actor's exit. Fortunately, Petersen has signed a contract, making it possible for Gil Grissom to remain on the canvass at least through the 2008-2009 season.
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On the other hand, Petersen won't be appearing in every segment of CSI
next season. The deal reportedly gives the actor flexibility to take time off to appear in non-television projects. In fact, he has already booked a play for the fall as part of Conor McPherson's A Dublin Carol
, which kicks off a six-week run in Petersen's hometown of Chicago in mid-November
Previously, Petersen already missed four episodes of CSI
in early 2007 as he was headlining a Rhode Island production of Dublin Carol
. Liev Schreiber stepped in during Grissom's absence, only to get shot to death in his final episode.
The specific details of Petersen's contract have not been disclosed. Nevertheless, it has been reported that, aside from providing an “out” clause for the actor, the new deal is deemed to be very lucrative. Petersen is presently one of the highest-paid actors working in television, with an annual salary in the eight-figure range.
CBS has yet to comment on Petersen's new contract.
You can catch William Petersen as Gil Grissom on CSI
every Thursday at 9pm ET/PT on CBS.
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: TV Guide
(Image courtesy of CBS)