CSI: NY Has Already Replaced Melina Kanakaredes

... The body may still be warm, but that's never stopped CSI: New York before. One day after it was revealed that Melina Kanakaredes is leaving the CBS procedural, the network announced that Sela Ward would be joining the cast. Ward is a two-time Emmy winner for Sisters and Once and Again and will play an experienced investigator from Washington, D.C. [CBS via press release]

... Robot Chicken is prepping its third Star Wars spoof, which is set to premiere December 12. This time around, the special will focus mainly on the perspective of the Empire and its evildoers, including Darth Vader, Boba Fett, and Gary the Stormtrooper. Lending their voices to the project will be Anthony Daniels (the original voice of C3PO), Zac Efron (?), Community's Donald Glover, and The Cleveland Show's Mike Henry. [The Live Feed]

... Lindsay Lohan may turn a profit on this whole jail thing. Major networks are scrambling to arrange pre- and post-incarceration interviews with the starlet, and the bids are as high as $500,000, according to "sources." Way to go, Lindsay! Now you will only owe about $2 million for stolen clothes and unpaid bar tabs! [NY Post]

... Glee is coming backkkk OMGZZFF!!!!! The show returns on September 21 at 8pm. There are more premiere dates in the link, but the gist is this: Fox is treating premiere week like a normal premiere week and debuting all its shows during the week of September 20-24. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Showtime also has announced premiere dates... for January. Shameless, starring William H. Macy as a drunk dad to six headstrong kids, premieres January 9 at 10pm. Episodes, about an actor (Matt LeBlanc playing a caricatured version Matt LeBlanc) starring in an ill-fated U.S. adaptation of a British series, will premiere January 10. These both have the potential to be very good. [Showtime via press release]

... Dexter is making some kick-ass casting decisions this year. First it was Jonny Lee Miller, and now it's RoboCop himself: Peter Weller is joining the cast next season as a troubled police officer who is under investigation by Internal Affairs. This may be the season I get back into the show. [Deadline Hollywood]

... And finally, even better casting news. We're all excited about HBO's fantasy epic Game of Thrones, and now we're totally frickin' stoked. Actor Aidan Gillen, better known as politician Tommy Carcetti on The Wire, has signed on to play King Robert's adviser, Littlefinger. My nerdy friends tells me that this choice is spot-on. [THR]


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the role of jo played by sela ward sucks, mack didn't need any help being the boss. she is ruining one of my favorite shows, they either need to tone her down and make her like the other csi's or replace her. as of now i really do not care for her character shes pushy bossy and know it all.
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I've always been a fan of Sela Ward and am very excited that she's joining CSI:NY.
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I've always been a fan of Sela Ward and am very excited that she's joining CSI:NY.
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it's amazing how many series from other countries gets "remade" cough.. with an american tag on it.. now shameless is the latest in the long line.
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Bloody hell!!! Sela Ward is no good to CSY NY...
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I love that Sela Ward is joining CSI:NY. I will

watch it now.
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I agree with Woodpigeon, Melina/Stella got stale, hopefully they write Sela's character less whiney and maybe a little more fun. Too many stern facial expressions, no matter how serious the case is downright depressing.
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Sela Ward could be the best thing that could happen to CSI NY! She is one of the best actresses of TV from the last decades and her talent is amazing and she deserves to be on TV. I miss her and I won't miss CSI NY just for her. On the other hand, looks like CBS had already in mind Melina's departure... like they saw it coming. Why doesn't it surprise me?
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Excellent news for CSI:NY! I like Stella, but it's time for a change and her pouting was beginning to get a bit annoying. Poor Mac though...Still, Sela should be brilliant if she's anything like she was in House.
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Whoa! Sela Ward in CSI:NY? That's cool news! I so enjoyed watching her as Stacy Warner in House M.D., and I'll be tunning when the new episodes of CSI:NY premiere.
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Peter "RoboCop" Weller on Dexter? Awesome. Liked his guest spot on Fringe, and Engineering an Empire was great. Not that I needed any more reasons to watch...
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hmm sela might work she was pretty good for the short while she was on house.
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I think Sela Ward is great and she will do well in the role. Can't wait to see her on-screen :)
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Wait a second. They are making a US version of Shameless, while they are making another show about a failed US remake of a british sitcom? Wow talk about prophetic. I'll check them out, but if Showtime already aired the fully British Secret Diary of a Call Girl, why not just rent the rights to air the British version of Shameless? They are going into season 7 over there, so there's plenty of original episodes for them to use. I'm getting sick of UK remakes when their versions are fine enough to air here, and are usually better too. Being Human is another one that could've just aired in it's original form, but they are remaking that now too. At least the Torchwood and Doctor Who remakes were quashed, for now.
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Sela Ward, say no more, I'm tuning into CSI:NY again
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Hmm... not sure if Sela Ward can do as well as Melina. But i'll give her a chance...
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I do not know her but we will see
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Wow. Sela Ward, it will be nice to see her on TV again.
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Sela Ward? Interesting choice.
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i think peter weller will turn out to be dexters father.
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The entire CSI franchise is toast, and even Sela Ward won't bring it back. As for Lohan, the best thing that could happen to her would be if everyone in the media ignored her, instead of participating in her downfall.
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Last seasons Dexter was a great season for the show. It started out kinda bland then slowly but surely it picked up steam and then BAM the season finale hit ya like a run away train. Pure heart wrenching genius.
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There's no way Sela Ward can hold up to the strength that Melina Kanakaredes has brought to CSI: NY since the original episode cross with CSI: Miami launched the series.
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