CBS has announced that Ted Danson (Cheers, Becker, Damages) will join CSI, taking over as the chief investigator of the Las Vegas Crime Scene Investigation team, the job first held by William Petersen and most recently by Laurence Fishburne. 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.
In other US casting news:
Human Target star Mark Valley joins Harry’s Law. He will be a series regular on the drama, playing one of Harriett Korn’s new hot-shot attorneys hired in the wake of her rising profile as a defence attorney. He joins Broadway star Karen Olivo, who’ll play another new member of the legal eagle team.
Meanwhile, Jean Smart is also joining for a multi-episode arc. She’ll be the prosecutor going after an accused murderer played by Alfred Molina. Christopher McDonald, who has been recurring on the drama becomes a series regular. All the Harry’s Law casting news is part of David E. Kelley’s master plan to bolster the show in its second season.
Lauren German (Happy Town) will join Hawaii Five-0 in the series regular role of a former Homeland Security officer who has been hand-picked by the new Governor, played by Richard T. Jones who replaced Jean Smart. Her character will not just help them fight crime, but also keep them in check on behalf of the Governor and serve as a potential love interest for Alex O’Loughlin.
Brian J. Smith (Stargate Universe) is reportedly joining the Gossip Girl as a chef named Max.
Michelle Krusiec (Dirty Sexy Money, Secret Life of the American Teenager), is joining Fringe.
Dylan Baker will guest star on White Collar as Andy Woods, a ruthless financier who is suspected of embezzling from his daughter’s elite private school.