The only things older than CBS viewers are jokes about them. But I can't
resist the metaphor of the network's longest running drama and comedy
both getting big face lifts this season, like Joan Rivers on her 75th
When the new TV season begins in the fall, CSI
and Two and a Half Men
are both getting big name stars to replace the departing male leads. CSI
is going into its 12th season with its second big cast change. First Laurence Fishburne came in during the middle of season 9 to take over for William Petersen, and now Fushburne is being replaced by Ted Danson. Check out this first official photo from the set of Danson (who will play lead investigator D.B. Russell) with CSI
co-stars Marg Helgenberger and Jorja Fox.
On the other side of the spectrum, Two and a Half Men
famously dropped Charlie Sheen last season and added Ashton Kutcher for the upcoming ninth season. We've already seen a poster of Kutcher
, and now we see him with co-stars Jon Cryer and Angus T. Jones in the show's iconic shot of the three men standing at a microphone in front of a red curtain in tuxedos. However, in the old promo photos, it was Jones who was in the center with the red bowtie, but now it's Kutcher. Does this mean Ashton Kutcher is playing the half man?
It's interesting that both of the network's longest-running scripted shows are both undergoing these big changes at the same time, and it will be interesting to see how audiences respond. Will Ted Danson gravitas bring people back to the aging CSI
? He does have 15 Emmy nominations with two wins, for both comedy (Cheers
) and drama (Damages
). And will the Sheen debacle and Kutcher's arrival help boost ratings for TV's longest-running live action comedy?
Only time will tell. Ashton Kutcher arrives on Two and a Half Men
starting Monday, September 19 at 9pm, while Danson begins his CSI
career Wednesday, September 21 at 10pm.(Images courtesy of CBS)