Articles for CSI Season 8

The seventh season finale of CBS‘ CSI left fans wondering about the fate of Sara Sidle (Jorja Fox), as she was last seen trapped underneath an overturned red Ford Mustang in the middle of the desert.  The network and the actors have been very quiet about the particular storyline, but tonight, viewers will finally have their questions answered, as the hit crime series is set to premiere its latest season. According to CBS, the season 8 opener, entitled “Dead Doll,” will feature the team scrambling to find out if Sara survived the attack by the miniature killer.  Although this short preview doesn‘t really add anything to what fans already know, executive producer Naren Shankar says they will not be left hanging this time around. Read more »
There was much speculation about whether or not Sara Sidle would make it out alive from her encounter with CSI‘s Miniature Killer. While the season premiere answered that question, the resolution was overshadowed by word that despite surviving, Sara is still not long for the CSI world…because Jorja Fox, the actress who plays her, will be leaving CSI.Although it hasn‘t been definitively confirmed, multiple sources have said that she will be leaving the show this November, after failing to arrive at a resolution for a new contract. Fox herself was relatively cagey in response to questions about the matter, but did recently provide some insight into the plans for her character.Her final show is said to air November 9, in an episode titled "Hello Goodbye." While Fox‘s ability to give details is limited since she is still under contract, she does give a few teasers as to how the relationship between Sara and Grissom will develop during these last few episodes with her. Read more »
Whether Jorja Fox‘s near-certain departure some time in this brand new season will buoy CSI: Crime Scene Investigation or pull it down as the episodes go on will remain a hanging question as the show progresses on its eighth season.  The program‘s latest edition just premiered last Thursday and we have the initial numbers of how it fared against other heavyweights like the returning Grey‘s Anatomy. Overall, CBS finished last week with triumphant numbers according to Nielsen Media Research‘s preliminary data released on Saturday. Read more »
Along with an all-new season of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation comes the latest in Ubisoft‘s line of popular CSI videogames.  CSI: Hard Evidence will soon be made available to more CSI fans and video game enthusiasts when it is released for Nintendo‘s Wii next month. CSI: Hard Evidence is the fifth in Ubisoft‘s series of games based on the first and original CSI series set in Las Vegas.  The game is currently already available for PC and Xbox360. Read more »
Previously, it was reported that this season‘s Without a Trace and CSI would feature crossover episodes, with CSI executive Carol Mendelsohn telling TV Guide that the story will involve a serial killer.  Mendelsohn also said the story had been in their “back pocket for a couple of years” and that the crossover episodes are the product of the relationship between actors Anthony LaPaglia and William Petersen, and producer/director Danny Cannon. The crossover episodes will be kicking off November sweeps, but for those who want a sneak peek, continue reading for spoilers. Read more »
The noise surrounding Jorja Fox‘s reported departure on CSI has fueled fans to exert great efforts to keep her character, Sara Sidle, on the CBS show.  Although the 39-year-old actress has neither confirmed nor denied the controversy, supporters have quickly found ways to demonstrate their support by putting up websites such as The Jorja Fox Appreciation Campaign and Dollars for Sense.So far, fans‘ efforts include sending letters and flyers to the CBS studios and signing online petitions.  Flyers have already been sent from 39 countries, while an online petition called “Keep Jorja Fox on CSI,” has already obtained more than 2,100 signatures.  Fans are also trying to raise money through the “Keep Jorja Fox on CSI” campaign which has already sent 100 balloons to executive producer Carol Mendelsohn at the CSI offices along with cards that said, "Don‘t Burst Our Bubble! Keep Jorja Fox on CSI."  Moreover, there‘s even a plane that does a flyover while trailing a "Keep Jorja Fox on CBS" banner. Read more »
The Las Vegas Police Department just lost one of their best detectives in their Crime Scene Investigations Bureau.  This week, it became official: Jorja Fox, who plays Sara Sidle on the hit CBS show, CSI, is leaving.  Her character had been in a relationship with co-worker Gil Grissom for the last few seasons and rumors suggested the two would get married in an upcoming episode.  Yet, in interview surrounding her exit, Fox makes comments suggesting that a full resolution will not occur between the two characters.  She also talked about her reasons for leaving the show. Read more »
Other than another mind-boggling case, CSI fans have something to look forward to on tonight‘s episode of the crime drama series.  Tagged by CBS as “the moment GSR [Grissom Sara Romance] fans have been waiting for,” this episode will finally shed light to the fate of their relationship. Warning: Spoilers abound. Read more »
This week, the official announcement finally came after months of speculation: Jorja Fox would be leaving the cast of CSI.  This was FOX‘s decision, she wanted to move on, and the whole CSI team is sad to see her go.  The general assumption has been that Fox was gone for good and that Grissom and team would see no more of Sarah Sidle once she leaves CSI next month.  Well, not so fast CSI fans.  In a TV Guide interview with CSI executive Carol Mendelsohn, we learn that although Fox will leave the regular cast, she will return to CSI...eventually. Read more »
Ronnie Wood, guitarist of the legendary rock band, The Rolling Stones, is a big fan of CSI but has turned down the chance to do a guest spot on one of the franchise of the CBS series.  According to the 60-year-old English rocker, he was offered the role of a safe cracker but declined to do a cameo based on the experience of Roger Daltrey, founder and lead singer of English rock band The Who, who previously guest starred in the episode "Living Legend" during the seventh season of CSI. "I saw Roger Daltrey do a guest appearance - he said it was all too much.  No time to rehearse and he had to play five parts.  I said no, I didn‘t really want to go in like that," Wood told Virgin Radio. Read more »
Next month, Gil Grissom (William Petersen) and Jack Malone (Anthony LaPaglia) will join forces to catch a killer in a much awaited crossover episode of CSI and Without a Trace.  Much hype has been generated with the announcement of the special union where each of TV‘s toughest solo acts bring forth their best game in investigating a murder case inspired by real-live events. Created by Anthony E. Zuiker, CSI is an Emmy Award-winning police procedural drama that trails the investigations of a team of Las Vegas forensic scientists as they unearth the circumstances behind mysterious crimes and deaths committed, while Without a Trace is about a FBI unit that investigates into a person‘s disappearance.  Both shows are being broadcast on CBS and have earned critical acclaim and a solid following over the years. Read more »
Tonight, CSI will be airing an episode that coincides with the Halloween season.  Get ready as the Las Vegas forensic scientists explore a mysterious case with a hint of horror and porn in November 1 in the episode entitled “The Chick Chop Flick Shop.”Read on to find out what‘s in store for tonight‘s episode. Read more »
Liev Schreiber, known to CSI fans as Mike Keppler, has signed on to join the cast of an upcoming prequel to the X-Men movie series.  The film, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, is expected to start filming later this year, and is slated to hit the theaters on May 1, 2009.Schreiber will be playing a younger William Stryker, a character that appeared in the X-Men 2 film, originally played by Brian Cox.  According to reports, he‘ll be portraying a military general who subjected Wolverine to the adamantium experiment.  The CSI actor will be playing opposite Hugh Jackman, who is reprising his role as the mysterious mutant Wolverine.  Read more »
In just a few days, viewers will have to say farewell to CSI‘s Sara Sidle.  After seven years of portraying the Las Vegas forensic scientist and one of the core players of the show, Jorja Fox has ultimately decided to move on and have a break from the commitment of a weekly television series.  But before she leaves, she‘ll be playing Sara one last time in the episode fittingly called “Goodbye and Good Luck,” which airs on Thursday, November 15.In line with her controversial departure, Fox spoke to the official CSI Magazine about her character‘s exit.  She explained that she opted to have Sara leave in this manner, rather than have her die at the hands of the miniature serial killer in “Dead Doll.” Read more »
The time has finally come for fans to bid farewell to one of the key players of CSI.  After seven years of playing Sara Sidle, Jorja Fox is ready to exit the forensic drama and move on.  But before she leaves, the 39-year-old actress will be portraying her character one last time, giving closure to the “Grissom Sara Romance” many fans have learned to adore, in tonight‘s episode entitled “Goodbye and Good Luck.”Read on for a preview of tonight‘s episode of CSI. Read more »
I‘ll preface this by admitting that I was not a big Sara fan. I think I turned against Jorja Fox after the first contract dispute. To me, CSI is more of an ensemble show, so even though I have my favorites, *cough* Warrick *cough*, I resented the impression I got that she thought she was more important than any of the others. Besides that, I kinda wanted Lady Heather to loosen Grissom up a bit. All that being said, I really felt for Sara tonight.I remember thinking that Sara got her comeuppance the last time she ran into Hannah. She had an air of superiority, that know-it-all aura that really bugged me. This time, and it may have been because of her recent experiences, I saw a vulnerability in her. The writers did a good job of letting us go along for the final ride of Sara Sidle: CSI. Read more »
As CSI enters the year 2008, viewers can expect a treat from the forensic drama.  In an upcoming star-studded episode, actor Brendan Wayne, who is also known as the grandson of John Wayne, professional rodeo cowboy Ty Murray, actress Nicole Sullivan (The King of Queens), country music singer Shooter Jennings and Grammy Award nominee Jewel are set to appear on the show to set the mood for a rodeo storyline. Broadcast on CBS, CSI is an Emmy Award-winning series that follows a team of Las Vegas forensic scientists as they trail investigations and unearth clues and evidences behind mysterious deaths and unusual crimes committed.  Leading the squad is Gil Grissom (William Petersen) who specializes in entomologist and serves as the night shift team supervisor.  Joining Grissom in his explorations are Catherine Willows (Marg Helgenberger), Warrick Brown (Gary Dourdan), Nicholas "Nick" Stokes (George Eads), Captain James "Jim" Brass (Paul Guilfoyle), Gregory "Greg" Sanders (Eric Szmanda), and Dr. Albert "Al" Robbins (Robert David Hall), among others. Read more »
Last week, Sara (Jorja Fox) realized that she had some ghosts to burry after reconnecting with an old case that made her doubt her career as a forensic scientist, which eventually drove her away from Las Vegas and her one true love, Grissom (William Petersen).  Now that she‘s gone, the rest of the team has to deal with her sudden departure while they carry on exploring circumstances behind mysterious deaths and unusual crimes committed.  The pursuit continues in the CSI episode “You Kill Me.”Read on for a preview of tonight‘s episode. Read more »
As reported previously, CSI season 8 will introduce a new forensic investigator named Veronica Lake (Jessica Lucas), who is set to appear on this week‘s episode entitled “Go to Hell.”  On the other hand, there is another female newbie geared up to grace the Emmy Award-winning CBS series and, unlike Veronica, she will not be a member of the Las Vegas forensic team.  Fans can discover her mysterious identity in the episode entitled “Cockroaches,” which airs on December 6.Read on for more CSI spoilers. Read more »
While the Las Vegas forensic team attempts to solve another murder mystery, one of its key players struggles to prove his innocence in a murder case he is involved in.  The suspense continues on December 13 in the episode entitled “Lying Down with Dogs.”Read on for more spoilers on CSI. Read more »
The DVD of seventh season of CSI is now out in the market.  Fans can now relive the forensic drama and experience the suspense as Grissom and the rest of the team hunt for the notorious Miniature Killer.  Packed with bonus features and all 24 episodes from the preceding season, the DVD is available for $69.99.Broadcast on CBS, CSI is an Emmy Award-winning television series that trails the investigations of a team of Las Vegas forensic scientists as they deploy state-of-the-art technology to unveil the circumstances behind mysterious and unusual deaths and crimes committed.  Season 7, which aired from September 2006 to May 2007, stars William Petersen as Gil Grissom, Marg Helgenberger as Catherine Willows, Gary Dourdan as Warrick Brown, George Eads as Nick Stokes, Jorja Fox as Sara Sidle, Eric Szmanda as Greg Sanders, Robert David Hall as Al Robbins, Louise Lombard as Sofia Curtis, and Paul Guilfoyle as Jim Brass. Read more »
Though Sara Sidle has already left CSI, fans of the forensic drama are still determined to convey their support to her portrayer, Jorja Fox.Previously, fans combined their efforts to come up with a “Jorja Fox Appreciation Campaign” to prevent the 39-year-old actress from leaving the show.  When Fox officially exited the CBS series, the excess money raised by the crusade was donated to charity.  And now that the campaign is over, a new drive is being created that aims to thank the former CSI actress. Read more »
Throughout several seasons, CSI has often showed the close friendship of Warrick Brown (Gary Dourdan) and with fellow CSI Nicholas "Nick" Stokes (George Eads).  In fact, the forensic series will be exploring this even further on tonight‘s episode “Cockroaches,” directed by Oscar-winner William Friedkin (The French Connection), in which Nick confronts Warrick when he sees that his addiction to pills and booze begin to have a negative impact on his job, a storyline that continues on until next week‘s episode.Behind the cameras, Dourdan and Eads relationship also mirrors their onscreen friendship. I n an interview with TV Guide, the CSI duo, who also graces the magazine‘s cover in this month‘s new issue, talk about their “healthy man love” for each other. Read more »
Jon Wellner has another function on CSI aside from playing the neurotic toxicologist Henry Andrews.  He also serves as the program‘s researcher, alongside David Berman, who is in charge of making sure everything that winds up on the air is accurate.For those who are not familiar, Wellner first appeared on CSI as bad zookeeper Sam Tracy in the fifth season episode “Unbearable” and continued to grace several more episodes as Henry Andrews.  Though the spotlight only turned to his toxicologist character with the episode "Lab Rats" and the recent "You Kill Me," Wellner had already established his importance to the crime drama series long before his onscreen appearance. Read more »
While Gil Grissom (William Petersen) gets along with most of his colleagues, there is one person on CSI who constantly clashes with him.  Considered as his chief rival, Conrad Ecklie (Marc Vann) has established a very rocky relationship with Grissom throughout the series.  And though conflict is something that exists in any other workplace, the tension in the crime lab has significantly become apparent with Grissom‘s animosity toward Ecklie, which is also shared by several other members of the night shift group.On the other hand, there is a reason why Grissom and Ecklie always get on each others‘ nerves.  In an interview with CSI Files, Vann sheds light on his character and the underlying reason behind all the professional jealousy. Read more »
CSI actress Marg Helgenberger was present at the picket lines last week, and although she has yet to rack up any writing credits, the cause is near and dear to her heart, especially since she has close relationships with numerous writers and is aware of their significance to the industry."I have so many friends that are writers and they do what I can‘t do, and I think that‘s why actors have come out in droves on the picket line" Helgenberger, who plays Catherine Willows on CSI, told Entertainment Tonight.  "We rely on them to speak, we rely on them to give us the words that make people think and make people feel, and we‘re just sort of the instrument that brings that to life." Read more »
As hinted previously, CSI will be starting off its run this year with a star-studded episode that features Brendan Wayne, the grandson of John Wayne, professional rodeo cowboy Ty Murray, Nicole Sullivan of The King of Queens, country music singer Shooter Jennings and award-winning singer Jewel, who makes a cameo appearance performing the national anthem.  Fans can catch these celebrities in the episode “Bull” airing on Thursday, January 10 on CBS.Read on for more spoilers of next week‘s episode of CSI. Read more »
The writers‘ strike continues to take its toll on consistent primetime giants that have now taken the backseat as they enter the new year with an evening of repeats.  CBS‘ CSI franchise has already dropped in the ratings this past week, with all three constituents slumping against its rival programs from other networks. Despite the relatively low numbers, the original CSI was able to pull in 13.49 million with its repeat episode last Thursday.  CSI was the only member of the franchise to earn the number 1 spot on overall viewers, although it came in third place in the crucial 18-49 demographic with 3.4/8, leaving the top spot to the premiere of Celebrity Apprentice (4.5/12). Read more »
We are treated to Jewel singing "The Star Spangled Banner" to open this episode of CSI. It‘s a rodeo and the cowboys are trying to stay on those bulls. One cowboy in particular, Cody, is shown having his ride and he falls off before his 8 seconds is up.As he falls, the bull kicks him underneath his chin and it looks as if he‘s seriously injured. He is able to get up and as he‘s helped out of the arena, he‘s heard to ask for a re-ride. Later that night, this same cowboy is found dead inside the arena with that same bull running loose. The lab determines the Cause of Death to be a broken neck received when he was thrown the second time. Read more »
When William Petersen isn‘t busy unveiling the circumstances behind mysterious crimes as Gil Grissom on CSI, he focuses his attention to sports, particularly in hockey.  The 54-year-old actor has been a longtime fan of the Chicago Blackhawks hockey team since he was a child and continues to take pleasure in watching the action on ice up until now.In an interview with the Sun-Times, Petersen vividly relived the Hawks‘ glory days and recalled his first encounter with ice hockey. Read more »
CBS will now assume control of all international television distribution for the CSI franchise, which includes CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, and CSI: NY.  The network will also be responsible for all future sales around the world of the three CSI series.This takeover spawned from the closing of a 2007 agreement with GS Capital Partners, a private equity fund managed by Goldman, Sachs & Co.  GS Capital Partners had previously purchased Alliance Atlantis‘ financial interest in the CSI franchise, and will remain 50/50 partners with CBS in the franchise. Read more »
Gary Dourdan, more popularly known as CSI Warrick Brown on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, brings to life the story of prison activist, George L. Jackson in the movie, Black August.  Dourdan plays the central character in Black August, about one man‘s valiant fight against the system that was bent on destroying him.Black August is scheduled to be released on DVD for the very first time next month, in celebration of Black History Month. Read more »
For some time now, reports have gone around that CSI: Crime Scene Investigation‘s main man, William Petersen (Gil Grissom) is ready to depart the show.  In a rare interview, the actor spoke to the British Radio Times about his plans regarding CSI.Petersen talked about his reasons for wanting to hang up his CSI gloves, as well as the factors holding him back from doing so just now. Read more »
After putting the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers or AMPTP‘s proposed contract to a vote Tuesday, members of the Writers Guild of America or WGA chose to lay down their picket signs and go back to work.  In an overwhelming result, over 90 percent of the 3,775 WGA members opted to pick up their pens and resume writing for their respective shows. With the official close to the three-month long walkout, many shows are expected to scramble in producing fresh episodes.  At CBS, the network reportedly plans to produce about four to eight more CSI: Crime Scene Investigation installments that are intended for broadcast in March, April and May. Read more »
Now that the writers‘ strike is over, viewers can finally look forward to fresh episodes from some of their favorite shows.  Among the series that have been green-lit to resume work on their current seasons are all three members of the CSI franchise.  CSI: Miami will be the first to return with new installments on March 24.  It is expected to come up with eight additional episodes to the 13 that were already produced pre-strike.  CSI: NY is scheduled to air the first of seven planned new installments on April 2, with the original CSI also resuming with original content the following evening.  By the end of their respective seasons, NY and Miami will both have a total of 21 episodes while the flagship CSI will have four less and wind up with just 17.Prior to the scribes‘ walkout, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation was just developing Marg Helgenberger‘s character of Catherine Willows as the sole heir to a Las Vegas casino empire.  Because of the writers‘ work stoppage in early November of last year, what was to be a new beginning for Catherine was left unrealized.  Helgenberger spoke to TV Guide New Zealand about her intentions regarding CSI. Read more »
Imagine the clock ticking on as your 30 minutes wind down and you race against time to solve a real CSI case.  Well, come June 14, visitors to Six Flags Magic Mountain can play forensic scientists when CSI: Live opens at the Los Angeles theme park.CSI: Live is a half-hour interactive experience culled from the CBS hit television show, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Read more »
Before Marg Helgenberger hit it big as one of the lead stars on CBS‘ popular and award-winning forensic series, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, she was like the rest of the grinding working class.  The 49-year old actress didn‘t always hold down a glamorous and high profile job like she does now.  In an interview with Access DirecTV, the Emmy Award-winning Helgenberger narrated how she got through her earlier working years by employing the art of daydreaming. "I got through it by daydreaming," the CSI star told Access DirecTV about how she managed to endure her time as a worker on the production line of a meatpacking plant in Nebraska.  "I‘d imagine I was somewhere, anywhere but there," Helgenberger said of how she was able to trudge on day after day amid the blood and gore. Read more »
Previously on CSI, the team looked into a murder case about a successful cowboy who turned up dead only hours after getting thrown from a bull.  Three months after CSI aired its last episode "Bull," the forensic drama returns with new episodes beginning on April 3. Meanwhile, here are some spoilers to ease the long wait. Warning: Spoilers ahead. Read more »
After CSI kicks off the month of April with the new episode “Grissom‘s Divine Comedy,” the forensic drama will continue to unveil the circumstances behind mysterious crimes and unusual deaths in the episode “A Thousand Days On Earth," which is slated to air on April 10.Read on for more CSI spoilers. Read more »
As fans patiently wait for the return of CSI, more and more spoilers for the new episodes of the forensic drama are surfacing the internet.  We have already hinted some storylines on “Grissom‘s Divine Comedy,” the first new episode airing on April 3, and “A Thousand Days On Earth," which is slated to air on April 10.  Now, here are some spoilers for the subsequent episode “Drops Out,” which airs on April 17. Read on to find out what‘s in store for the 14th episode of CSI‘s eighth season. Read more »
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 gloves.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. Read more »
The mother of all CSI shows makes its post-strike comeback tonight with an episode called “Grissom‘s Divine Comedy.”  CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, the phenomenal show that spurred similarly successful spin-offs, CSI: Miami and CSI: NY, returns on the heels of reports that series lead, William Petersen, will be staying on for at least one more season. Tonight‘s post-strike resumption of original material could not have come at a better time, since many of CSI‘s faithful fans have often expressed their desire for the popular actor to remain with the franchise. Read more »
CBS has allowed two of its largest franchises try an unprecedented little trick.  Writers for CSI will write an episode of Two and a Half Men, and writers for Two and a Half Men will write an episode of CSI.  Both episodes are tentatively set to air in May.  Earlier in the year, there were rumblings that the CSI episode, written by Two and Half Men show runners Chuck Lorre and Lee Aronsohn, revolved around a female sitcom star who is killed by someone fed up with her back-stabbing ways.  The episode is, according to TV Guide‘s Michael Ausiello, entitled “Two and a Half Deaths.”  Despite the silly title, there‘s some history here that makes this episode idea quite sinister, and that history involves Cybill Shepherd.  Read more »
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation returned last week with a vengeance, beating out the competition in its Thursday 9pm time slot and posting the biggest numbers among all shows aired from 8-11pm.CSI is back this week with its second all-new post-strike episode entitled “A Thousand Days on Earth." Read more »
Greg Fitzsimmons does some stand-up comedy. This guy is funny, but then he makes an abortion joke. Wow, this is an uncomfortable start to a CSI episode. Some dude starts heckling because he doesn‘t find abortion funny. After the show there‘s a fake-out to make us think the comic will die, but he gets in his car to drive away and sees a small box. It contains a dead kid. The CSI theme song doesn‘t seem appropriate at this point, but there it is.The CSI team gets to work performing the saddest autopsy ever. Grissom (William Petersen) finds some hairs in the packing tape of the box. He gets all philosophical, and Catherine Willows (Marg Helgenberger) seems a bit more torn up by Baby Cordelia than most victims. She‘s offended by Hodges‘ claim that the death of a pretty little girl is more tragic than the death of an uggo. Read more »
Things are going to look a little bit different when fans tune in to CSI‘s ninth season in the fall.  Just as viewers have adjusted to Jorja Fox leaving the series, it‘s been announced that the procedural drama will be losing another longtime cast member.  According to Michael Ausiello at TV Guide, actor Gary Dourdan, who plays Warrick Brown, has informed producers that he‘ll be leaving the show when his contract expires next month.  Although it‘s not known when Dourdan will shoot his final episode, it‘s likely that CSI‘s May 15 season finale will be Warrick‘s swan song. Read more »
Gary Dourdan may soon be leaving the Emmy Award-winning forensic drama but that doesn‘t mean that he‘s hanging up his CSI garb for good. As reported recently, the 41-year-old actor, who plays audio-video analyst Warrick Brown, will be departing from the show he has been a part of since 2000.TV Guide, which first reported the news of Dourdan‘s departure, reveals it was the star who informed producers that he would be leaving the show rather than the other way around.  No timetable for his exit has been announced, but his contract is set to expire next month, making the show‘s May 15 finale the likeliest venue for Warrick Brown‘s final bow. Read more »
This week, the forensic team will be investigating two murders that take place in the same apartment building in the episode "Drop‘s Out."  Next week, however, the abnormal becomes the norm in Las Vegas as CSI brings forth "The Theory of Everything."Read on for more CSI spoilers. Read more »
The anticipated crossover between CSI and Two and a Half Men does not come as a surprise anymore.  Ever since the idea was hatched last year, the proposed switcheroo has somewhat left fans apprehensive, but mostly excited and eager to find out how things will pan out for Anthony E. Zuiker‘s forensic drama as it trades writers with Chuck Lorre‘s sitcom. As reported previously, CSI‘s crossover episode will revolve around a female sitcom star who is killed by someone fed up with her back-stabbing ways.  You can now find out more about this installment, as well as Two and Half Men‘s crossover episode preview after the jump.Warning: May contain spoilers. Read more »
Tonight‘s episode of CSI opens with a dramatic shooting in a dark room, a platinum blonde the victim. Gil (William Petersen) and Nick (George Eads) are the first ones at the scene the next day. The vic has two entry wounds, two exit wounds, both through-and-throughs. There are seven empty bullet casings on the floor. The CSIs suspect that she might have interrupted an armed burglary because the drawers have been rifled through. Gil sees a strange, circular blood drop on the floor, far from the victim that dropped to the floor through a whole in the ceiling. Nick orders the rest of the CSI team check the apartment above this one, as Gil looks through this crazy periscope thing. He sees a second victim in the apartment above. Read more »
Anthony Zuiker, creator and executive producer of the CSI franchise, is planning to write his memoirs.  He has already signed a deal with Collins, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, which will release his book in the fall of 2009. Tentatively titled Mr. CSI, the book will tell the story of how Zuiker became a big name in Hollywood, tapping into his journey from bellhop in Las Vegas to creator of the hit CSI franchise.  More importantly, it will also be shedding light on his gangster father. Read more »
CSI star Gary Dourdan has some issues.  CBS recently announced that Dourdan would be leaving the series after this season.  While the agreement was said to be mutual, CBS did admit that Dourdan had some personal issues that played a part in his departure.  Those personal problems came to a head Monday morning in Palm Springs.  TMZ is reporting that Dourdan was arrested at 5:20am Monday morning on suspicion of possession of heroin, cocaine, ecstasy and prescription drugs.  That‘s some major stuff.  Dourdan was found by police asleep in his car on the side of the road. Read more »
Tonight‘s CSI begins with a crazy woman at the police department dressed head-to-toe in aluminum foil, spewing her theory of time and space. She‘s actually more entertaining than a lot of string theorists that I know, and as an former physicist, I know plenty. She says, "The invasion is tonight." Apparently, she‘s a regular at the station, surfacing nearly every night to file random complaints.Next some other officers examine a dead deer. It seems that a very drunk man (like, BAC-of-2.8-drunk) shot the deer with a crossbow. The police interrogate him, but he tries to make a break for. He runs out into the hallway, crashing through a window, and the officers follow him into the room where Foil Lady is. The man bumps into Foil Lady, just as a cop sprays him with pepper spray and shoots him with a stun gun. The only thing is, as soon as he does, the guy bursts into flames and dies. Foil Lady says, "Now do you believe me?" It‘s getting curiouser and curiouser. Read more »
If you‘re a fan of Battlestar Galactica and CSI:, prepare to be disappointed.  Really, super-duper disappointed.  TV Guide‘s Michael Ausiello is reporting that Katee Sackhoff (who plays Starbuck on Battlestar Galactica, but you already knew that) was tantalizingly close to joining the cast of CSI as Jorja Fox‘s kinda, sorta replacement.  The new character, named Bryce Adams, was set to be a series regular.  Executive producers and show runners were all jacked up and ready to welcome Sackhoff to the CSI family.  They basically thought it was a done deal, according to Ausiello.  However, at the last minute, executives from CBS and Jerry Bruckheimer‘s production company got cold feet.  They didn‘t feel Katee was right for the role, apparently, and now the search for Bryce Adams has been re-opened. Read more »
Supporters of Gary Dourdan have been distressing over the many controversies surrounding the 41-year-old actor for some time now.  May viewers are having a hard time to accept that the he will soon be leaving CSI, the forensic drama in which he portrays Warrick Brown.  But fans are having even more difficulty accepting the fact that he has been recently arrested on suspicion of drug possession.Now, Dourdan has issued a statement to explain his arrest and to address his disappointed fans. Read more »
Tonight‘s episode of CSI was packed with guest stars.  Katy Sagal played a diva actress, named Annabelle, on a sitcom.  Her husband Bud (a clever nod to Married With Children) was portrayed by Diedrich Bader.  The actress turned up dead in her apartment, with a large amount of blood around her head.  The CSI team shows up to crack the case and everybody on set in a suspect.  Grissom figures out that she hit her head on a nearby table, indicating a struggle.  He‘s shocked to find a rubber chicken jammed down her throat.  Read more »
The time has come for CSI fans to say goodbye to Warrick Brown.  As reported last month, Gary Dourdan, who plays the audio-video analyst, will not be returning in the ninth season of the forensic drama given that the 41-year-old actor and CBS could not come to terms on his contract.  This means that this week‘s installment not only marks the conclusion of season 8, but also marks the departure of Dourdan on the series he has been a part of since 2000.Warning: Spoilers Ahead. Read more »
It‘s CBS, so it‘s boring.  Sure, there are a fair share of CBS shows that I will watch religiously, but for a non-procedural drama fan, the pickings are slim.  CBS is a successful network because they know its audience and cater directly towards them.  At this morning‘s upfront presentation, CBS unveiled its fall schedule, and the surprises were minimal.  The network introduced five new series, which we will discuss below, and they all seem to fit in well with the network as a whole.  Bubble shows How I Met Your Mother and The New Adventures of Old Christine have survived – Moonlight has not.  Below you will find the full CBS Fall schedule, plus a look at each of CBS‘s new series. Read more »
Previously on CSI, Warrick (Gary Dourdan) proved himself to be a loose cannon, conducting his own police investigation.Tonight‘s CSI begins at a funeral. Pallbearers carrying a coffin lead a procession of largely black mourners, accompanied by a gospel choir. In mid-procession, the bottom of the casket falls out and two bodies tumble out, a white corpse and black corpse. The CSI team arrives shortly thereafter and find out that there was a secret compartment in the casket. Nobody can identify the white corpse, as yet, or who hid him in the casket. Read more »
Ever since Jorja Fox hung up her CSI glove, producers have been looking for a replacement that will fill in the void of the forensic drama.  With the casting search underway, many rumors have surged regarding actresses who may possibly join the cast, including Battlestar Galactica‘s Katee Sackhoff, who was recently junked for the opening. Now, the search is over.  CSI has tapped Lauren Lee Smith, actress known for her recurring role on The L Word, to join the cast as a series regular.  According to a CBS spokesperson, the Canadian actress is expected to play the character Bryce Adams, a "flirtatious, witty and strong-willed non-conformist" that is enlisted to join the Las Vegas graveyard shift led by Grissom (William Petersen).  Other members of the forensic crew include Catherine Willows (Marg Helgenberger), Nicholas "Nick" Stokes (George Eads), David Hodges (Wallace Langham), Det. Capt. James "Jim" Brass (Paul Guilfoyle), Gregory "Greg" Sanders (Eric Szmanda) and Dr. Albert "Al" Robbins (Robert David Hall). Read more »
Catherine Willows isn‘t leaving CSI anytime soon.  Marg Helgenberger, who portrays the blood spatter analyst on the forensic drama, has decided to sign a new contract to keep her character on the CBS show for two more years.  This 49-year-old actress is reportedly the last original cast member to re-up her contract. Helgenberger joined CSI in 2000 as a former show girl employed as a blood spatter analyst.  Her performance as the female lead earned her two Emmy Awards and two Golden Globe nominations.  In 2005, she and her fellow cast members won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. Read more »
CSI fans have not seen the last of Sara Sidle.  In fact, the time has come for fans to welcome one of the key players of the forensic drama, Jorja Fox, whose character left the series in the season 8 episode "Goodbye and Good Luck” where she had to go face the ghost of her past. According to TV Guide, the 39-year-old actress has just inked a deal to return for CSI‘s ninth season premiere next fall.  Not much has been revealed about her anticipated comeback as plot details are being kept under wraps for now.  However, it has been reported that she "won‘t be appearing in a flashback." Read more »
Eric Szmanda, who plays Greg Sanders on CSI, has helmed and inspired a format-free Internet radio station called erockster, which is now being launched by Clear Channel Radio.  The 32-year-old actor seems like an odd choice for leading such a major initiative at the world‘s largest radio broadcaster however, his background goes far deeper than your typical actor-turned-DJ.Prior to landing his CSI role, Szmanda was a former marketing rep at music company BMG, where he met and worked with Clear Channel executive Evan Harrison.  He also served as a music consultant in the film Life as a House and is presently a club promoter through his side company Doop. Read more »
Gary Dourdan, best known for his role as Warrick Brown on CSI, pleaded guilty to two of three counts of felony drug possession yesterday.  On the other hand, the 41-year-old actor will not be serving time behind bars.The CSI actor, whose character was recently shot and killed during the eighth season finale, was arrested on April 28 in Palm Springs for drug possession after being found asleep in his car, allegedly in the driver‘s seat, parked on the wrong side of the road.  Dourdan was charged with felony possession of heroin, cocaine and ecstasy. Read more »
In case you haven‘t heard, the fourth issue of The Official CSI Magazine is now up for grabs.  The June/July issue gives fans an “under the microscope” glimpse of the forensic drama with 100-pages of articles and exclusive line-up of cast interviews.Inside the magazine, fans will find an exclusive interview of the show‘s leading lady Marg Helgenberger, who talks about the difficulties and tribulations that helped shape CSI supervisor Catherine Willows. Additionally, Helgenberger reveals what‘s the real score between her fiery character and her colleague Warrick Brown. Read more »
Check out the BuddyTV personality quiz:  Which CSI Character Are You?All you have to do is answer 15 questions, and the quiz will tell you which troubled CSI member you most resemble.  Maybe you have a thing for bugs like Gil Grissom (William Petersen), or perhaps you have a shady past as an exotic dancer like Catherine Willows (Marg Helgenberger).  Take the quiz and find out if you‘re anything like your favorite, or least favorite, CSI character. Read more »
Now that filming has just gotten underway for the second season of Dr. Drew Pinsky‘s Celebrity Rehab, could the new cast already be complete?  Or, is there room for more famous faces needing to conquer their demons? Rumor has it that CSI: Crime Scene Investigation‘s Gary Dourdan is the latest addition to the season 2 field.  There are unconfirmed reports that the former CSI star will check into Celebrity Rehab to hopefully help him kick some habits that landed him in very hot water two months ago. Read more »

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