CBS Renews Ted Danson, and By Extension, CSI

By Tim Surette

Mar 20, 2013

There's nothing like a safe piece of obviousness to get the day started off as normal as can be and keep the boat steady! CBS has renewed its long-running procedural CSI: Crime Scene Investigation for a millionth season, because CSI will be around long after your great-grandchildren have been enslaved by the alien lizardmen of Gorthax. This next round will actually be the fourteenth season of the drama, and expect it to find a primo slot in CBS's 2013-2014 fall schedule. 

The big news here is actually that CBS has re-signed series star Ted Danson to a contract extension, and he'll be back to play CSI Night Shift Supervisor D.B. Russell for a third consecutive go-round. Danson took over as boss of the crew after Laurence Fishburne left CSI at the end of Season 11. Fellow cast members Elisabeth Shue, George Eads, Jorja Fox, Eric Szmanda, Paul Guilfoyle, and Robert David Hall will also be back.    

What do you think, can D.B. Russell even carry Gil Grissom's jock strap?

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  • othsmallsuplost Mar 21, 2013

    I was a HUGE fan of CSI back in the day but the Warrick-killing and the Grissom-leaving plots made me stop. I didn't like when Laurence Fishburne went from a shy and touching rookie to the guy in charge in juste one episode it really bugged me. I tried the Ted Danson version but I actually think no one will ever be able to take Grissom's place. Now Willows is gone too! They really should consider moving on to something else. 14 seasons??? Seriously??!

  • meathead704 Mar 21, 2013

    You will never be able to truly replace William Peterson. He made "CSI" the great show it is today. Gil Grissom is by far one of the greatest television characters in history. However I think Ted Danson has done an excellent job as DB Russell and is a very worthy successor to Grissom. I am happy to hear the show will be back for another season. That in an of itself just reaffirms what a great show "CSI" is.

  • MaKTaiL Mar 21, 2013

    You said everything!

  • KatherinaTan Mar 21, 2013

    Nobody can ever replace Grissom so it sucks that he left the show (and didn't even have the decency to break up with Sarah properly). I think DB is trying his best to be as good as Grissom, he is more emotional and perhaps he didn't really have a 'thing'. Like Grissom is the 'bugs' guy. I don't know yet what is DB's specialty and if they had shown it, I must have missed it.

  • Lady_Jay Mar 21, 2013

    just cancel it already.
    no-one can ever replace grissom. can't even get close to that.

    the show was okay with fishburne but that russel guy.... it's boring. The cases are not interesting.

    I only watch it because deep in my heart I hope that one day they will bring grissom back

  • sleepy-sonic Mar 21, 2013

    This thing will go forever :)

  • bkyle2429 Mar 21, 2013

    what about Morgan!! Elizabeth Harnious is she coming back!!

  • wildhoney66 Mar 21, 2013

    honestly i love the show now. i miss William Peterson with a passion on the show don't get me wrong. and i enjoy the as i call him "
    Larry Fishbourne as he used to go by for a number of years. he was great on the show. the Jekyll & Hyde Storyline lasted far to long though. and when Ted Danson took over for him i was in a WTF mode on why would of all people would they cast him. and i've been a Fan of "Ted Danson' since i saw "Three Men & Baby' in the theaters way back in (1987)!

    anyways it took me some time but he's a perfect fit for the show now. tonights episode was one of the best they've done this season. and the ratings may not be as good as they once were. but the show for me is still at it's peak. but season 5 will always be my favorite season. and anyone expecting the show to be exactly like it was back in the early days is fooling themselves. in short i'm thrilled it's coming back. and i hope the film version comes out at some point. William Peterson has said he's up for that. i'd also love it if NY came back as well. and we are blessed that show has been on as long as it has cause it's never been
    a ratings grabber let's face it but i love it as well. in fact i love all 3 of them but Vegas will always be my favorite.

  • smithinjapan Mar 21, 2013

    Grissom and Danson's characters are NOTHING alike, but they are both suitable for the role. Danson does a good job, all told, and Grissom has been off the show long enough that it's hard to imagine him back and in the same role, with the same authority.

  • pedroman01 Mar 21, 2013

    I agree with a lot of people. Grissom IS CSI, and cannot be replaced. That being said even from his first appearance I always found Russell was similar to Grissom and like him more than Langston. I didn't dislike Langston or those seasons, but they were not as good as when Grissom was on or even the newer ones. So glad it is coming back. And saintmark, I agree. I hope NY is back too. And I would like them to tell us in advance when it will be canceled not just have them do a 'series finale' every season because CBS won't commit. I want them to just say at the beginning 'this will be the last one' or give them a couple year contract, or at least a mid-season one like they have with CSI this year.

  • Genesistt Mar 21, 2013

    No-one can replace Gil ever. That being said, DB Russell got me back to watching CSI with enjoyment. I like him. He's kinda Gil-esque.

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