Cast updates: CSI Miami lands showgirl

By Tim Surette

Nov 26, 2007

CSI: Miami's Horatio Caine may be famous for taking off his sunglasses--his signature maneuver--while delivering snappy one-liners, but his ex-wife is famous for taking off a lot more.

Elizabeth Berkley, who played an aspiring dancer-turned-stripper in the 1995 critically panned cult classic Showgirls, will put on the robes of a woman linked to Caine in the CBS hit, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She will be recurring as Julia Winston--Caine's ex-wife and mother of his son--who gets involved in a murder investigation when her husband is killed.

Berkley's initial casting in Showgirls raised some serious eyebrows at the time, as she was previously best known as the goody-two-shoes Jessie Spano in the teen dramedy Saved by the Bell. She also previously guest starred on the original CSI, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Titus.

From super showgirl to supermodel, former "It girl" Paulina Porizkova has been announced as a new judge for the CW's hit America's Next Top Model. Porizkova, now in her 40s, replaces panel judge Twiggy, who is leaving the show "due to scheduling conflicts," according to CW. She will begin during the series' next run.

In addition to strapping on itsy-bitsy bikinis for Sports Illustrated and paving the way for Eastern European models with loads of syllables in their surnames, Porizkova tried her hand at acting by appearing in Her Alibi and Arizona Dreams and danced in the fourth season of Dancing With the Stars (she was the first eliminated).

Though next year's pilot season is bound to be a little light because of the Writers Guild of America strike, some are still casting, says The Hollywood Reporter. Chris Johnson (South Beach, XXX: State of the Union) has landed a role in the first television project from film director Todd Phillips (Old School, Road Trip). In the ABC comedy The More Things Change..., Johnson will play one of four 20-something males.

Over on TNT, Beth Riesgraf (My Name is Earl, has son with Earl star Jason Lee) and Gina Bellman (Jane in the UK's popular Friends-like Coupling) have landed roles on Leverage. The drama follows con artists and thieves led by a group mastermind played by Timothy Hutton.

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  • bigfan080 Dec 03, 2007

    Elizabeth looks so cute. I love her. I saw her profile on millionaire dating site WealthyRomance.com last week. Apparently she is single now.

  • read1216 Dec 03, 2007

    Interesting changes are ahead for these shows Hopefully this will pay off

  • Pinkmyst Nov 30, 2007

    OMG he has a kid? Can't wait to see this!

  • halle280 Nov 29, 2007

    she is really pretty when i watched her hot photos on interracialfriends.com

  • LAURAMARIE63 Nov 28, 2007

    At least she's trying to get work.

  • childsmj Nov 27, 2007

    Think the former Saved by the Bell star will strip this time?

  • Sagitariusbri86 Nov 27, 2007

    I was waiting to see when his wife will appear on the show and Elizabeth Berkley ain't bad.

  • malawi69 Nov 27, 2007

    WOW!!! H's a real player, Elizabeth Berkley, Delko's sister...

  • angrodpallanen Nov 27, 2007

    @linkthehero82 Elizabeth Burkley was both on CSI and L&O;: CI but not on CSI: Miami

  • laneangel Nov 27, 2007

    what's the problem she is a bad actress or what becaue the name doesn't ring a bell for me !!!

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