Laurence Fishburne Is Leaving CSI

... Laurence Fishburne is saying goodbye to CSI after two-and-a-half seasons. Fishy joined the series after the departure of William Petersen in 2008, playing the then-new lead role of Dr. Raymond Langston. Early reviews of Fishburne's transition were mixed, but apparently things settled down enough for the actor to renew his contract going into last season. His departure leaves a gigantic hole that needs to be filled ASAP. Who would you like to see replace Fishburne as the lead on CSI? [Deadline Hollywood]

... Fox has tweaked its summer schedule a bit, which would mean something to me if there were anything on Fox this summer worth watching. Anything. Cooking show Masterchef will move back an hour starting immediately, to 9pm on Mondays, but the show's Tuesday airings will stay at 8pm for the time being. Hell's Kitchen will premiere on Monday, July 18 at 8pm, where it will serve as lead-in to Masterchef. Beginning Tuesday, July 19, Hell's Kitchen will air at 8pm and Masterchef will slide back to 9pm. God I hope that made sense to you, because it barely makes sense to me. [Deadline Hollywood]

... 16.4 million viewers sobbed uncontrollably on May 25 during the series finale of The Oprah Winfrey Show, according to numbers that are only being released now. It was the most-watched Oprah episode in 18 years. [Associated Press]

... Oprah's good buddy Michelle Obama will guest-star on... iCarly? Michelle will promote her initiative Joining Forces, which raises awareness for military families. And how come no one complains about this very blatant display of what's essentially product placement, but if Fringe shows a Sprint phone, everyone is all up in arms!?!? Double standard, people!! [Associated Press]

... ABC's charming Castle has earned a well-deserved second life in reruns: TNT has acquired the off-network rights for the series starring Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic. The first two seasons of the show will begin re-airing in 2012. Shiny! [Deadline Hollywood]

... Vanessa Marcil is leaving General Hospital on June 9. She's pretty. [EW]

... I hate to admit it, but I'm liking the new direction of TLC. After clogging its schedule with shows about little people, people with litters of children, and child beauty pageants, the network is finally finding its groove with normal weird people. TLC is ordering a new pilot, about people addicted to entering sweepstakes. It's appropriately called High Stakes Sweepers. The net will give it a one-hour special before deciding whether or not to make it a series, just like it did with new hit Extreme Couponing. [TV Guide]


Follow TV.com writer Tim Surette on Twitter: @TimAtTVDotCom

Comments (46)
Submit
Sort: Latest | Popular
Where one door closes another one opens. It was a difficult task for Fishburne to replace the seemingly irrepaceable Petersen but he did a farily good job of it. I still enjoy CSI, particularly considering it's counterparts Miami and New York fall horribly short of the standard set by the original.

Whoever they get in, hopefully it's someone of equal stature, but more importantly CSI needs to keep churning out quality episodes.
Reply
Flag
Sqweegel Sqweeeeeeeeeeeegel Sqweeeeeeeeeeeegel
Reply
Flag
Or Kevin Bacon
Reply
Flag
Bring Tom Hanks
Reply
Flag
It is so sad to see people happy because Fishburne is leaving.
Reply
Flag
CSI does not suck. Some cases might not be as strong as others, but there were very good cases this season. If you don't like, just don't watch.
Reply
Flag
people always mindlessly like the first guy in a series to the point of absurdity, it makes sense to be attached to someone who you initially go on the journey with, i understand that completely but i hate when people get so attached that they can't except any change and the first guy is the only guy, etc.. that being said i don't think william peterson or fishburne are that great (they are ok, just nothing amazing) and have always thought the biggest flaw in the series was it's cast which is just medium of the road.. when you look over at a series like canada's regenesis in the first couple of seasons now that is a awesome team of people. i'm working my way through the csi's slowly catching up on all of them and from what i've seen so far the team needs alot more chemistry and bonding. bring in someone like the guy from regenesis who owns both william peterson's grissom character and fishburne's. frankly i'd like to see maxim roy brought in as a female leade or another good female (who says it gotta be a guy). that's just my opinion, all of you william peterson fanatics don't take offense as i said i think he's ok just not all that people make em out to be.
More+
Reply
Flag
Sooooooooooooo happy that Fishburne is leaving !! tried watching ..but just couldn't take him in the role. To the "big guys"...do whatever is necessary to get Petersen back.

Sara came back...now we just need grissom.
Reply
Flag
This is the best news I have read in ages!!!! My wife and I have been fans of the show since day one (we live in Europe BTW) and we both agreed that Fishburne was a terrible choice. As someone else in this thread said "Laurence Fishburne is a mediocre actor at best". I agree with "realjarp". Kurt Russel would be on top of my list too.
Reply
Flag
William Petersen may come back like your "strange" wife in the show Jorja Fox...all is possibly in Twilight Zone....
Reply
Flag
First choice, cancel the show. I've stopped caring for quite some time now. Second choice, bring Grissom back ... and maybe I'll watch again ( but I highly doubt it ).
Reply
Flag
Let Stples. Saunders, and Sidle be the lead characters, bring in someone new as the shift supervisor or have Curtis take over direct control of the lab (maybe related to Hakell's death), have the IA officer from the 11th season finale continually poking around, and end season 12 (and maybe the series) with the IA officer being killed and evidence pointing to Brass as his killer.
Reply
Flag
cancel it!! CSI sucks, and has for a long time.
Reply
Flag
Maybe William Petersen should come back even for just awhile. Till they can find someone. How about Tony Todd? How about Chi McBride? How about JOhn McGinley from Scrubs? And I also hear Marg Helgenberger is scaling her role down so they might need to bring in somoene else.
Reply
Flag
To everyone asking about Sqweegel, this episode was a crossover with Anthony Zuiker's book Level 26: Dark Origins. To find out what happens to Sqweegel, read the book.
Reply
Flag
Kiefer Sutherland, he would torture all witness :)
Reply
Flag
I liked Fishburne in CSI. I thought he took a very difficult job in trying to replace (in a way) Grissom. To me, the only person I would want back is William Petersen. Surely it has been long enough now
Reply
Flag
I'm SOOOOO FREAKING GLAD Fishburne is leaving CSI!!!!! Now all they have to do is bring Grissom back and I'll be happy!!!! This series hasn't been the same since Gil left and Fishburne didn't help at all!!!!
I had to post what dark7angel said again, I couldn't have said it better my self! Fishburne was a disaster, I do not like him as an actor, he is mediocre at best, and he was a terrible fit in the show... All that focusing on him is what was wrong with this show!!
Reply
Flag
@richames i agree why the hell bring up this new serial killer and NEVER go anywhere with it. what were they too busy focusing on fishburn and losers like bieber to actually write good episodes? i love csi but the one episode last season i couldn't even make it through 5 minutes of. thats how bad the show has gotten
Reply
Flag
I am sad that Laurence Fishburne is leaving, I like his character. He's no Grissom, but he's still one of the better characters. And it's good that they changed it up a bit, I did not see it coming when it was announced that he would be on the show. I hope they get someone good to be on the show. William Peterson should make another "appearance," it was interesting the last time...
Reply
Flag
csi sucks now
Reply
Flag
ok with firshburne leaving. never was too interested in his character. still thinking they should have convinced Kurt Russel to join.
Reply
Flag
Fishburne could never ever replace Peterson. im not "that" happy that he is leaving but if Grissom is coming back, then it is GREAT!!
Reply
Flag
I'm SOOOOO FREAKING GLAD Fishburne is leaving CSI!!!!! Now all they have to do is bring Grissom back and I'll be happy!!!! This series hasn't been the same since Gil left and Fishburne didn't help at all!!!!
Reply
Flag
Fishburne was NOT the boss. Petersen is still executive producer. I like Fishburne in some things, but I never felt this was a good fit. I won't be totally happy unless Grissom returns (he did pop up once recently - via Skype).I hear rumors that Catherine will exit midway through next season (bad idea). I haven't been please with this show for the last 2 years, but I'm not ready to give up on it yet. Who would I like to see on the show ? Dominic Purcell.
Reply
Flag
I am SO glad Fishburne is leaving CSI. Never liked him, never will. Bring back Grissom already!
Reply
Flag
Laurence leaving is a great opportunity to bring back Peterson.
Reply
Flag
This is a rant, just watched Tara, and it is 10 times the show Jackie is, the execs piss me off so much!
Reply
Flag
CSI is dead. Make the CSI movie with William Peterson we've been hearing about for so long.
Reply
Flag
Can William Peterson please come back now? CSI needs Grissom!
Reply
Flag
There is no Matrix 4 & 5. That was a hoax. Get Pederson back on the show, its been garbage without him anyway.
Reply
Flag
Too Bad Laurence is leaving (but hey, with the production of Matrix 4 and 5, he had to leave in order to do Morpheus one more time), because I really liked his character. Well, i would love to see William Peterson back as Grissom... but if I had to choose anothe rone, I would like to see maybe Greg Grunberg or Victor Garber.
Reply
Flag
Oh come on! When are people going to get over this we must replace an actor if they leave. I hated the character of Ray Langston to begin with and still hate him but decided I must get used to his presence. Please don't replace him. I love the other characters give back some screen time to the guys that have stuck with the show.
Reply
Flag
Larry Fishburne was doomed to fail on CSI, as will any other "Heavy Hitter" they bring in to replace him. CSI made William Petersen, and it could potentially make a star from another unknown with a decently scripted and developed character. When will the networks realise that you cant simply replace one known face with another to maintain the ratings. A good CSI episode is first and foremost about plot, script and characterisation. Not having "star power".

BTW, whatever happened to "Squeegle" the amazing contortionist villain that featured in one episode ? That was the best episode of last season, and it went nowhere ???
Reply
Flag
I'm guessing fishbourn was the boss, as Petersen was...if that's the way, they shouldn't find another person for the job, but promote someone old ( I don't know if Catherine is still around ) and hiring a newbie, or a couple of newbies instead.
Reply
Flag
awesome, hate morpheus on csi
Reply
Flag
yay ding dong the witch is dead. sorry but i'm not sad to see him go as i never liked him on the show in the first place. not to mention his jump to being a main character was stupid as hell. plus he was just boring to watch. hopefully they don't get a new character to fill his spot.
Reply
Flag
Who would I like to see replace Fishburne? Gee, such a difficult decision...
Reply
Flag
i do hope that CSI will come to an end. It was practically finished when Petersen left.
Reply
Flag
What? They develop and settle Fishburne in the series and now they're taking him out? Oh, next season really will end the CSI franchise...
Reply
Flag
I gotta be honest, I tapped out of CSI when Grissom left.
Reply
Flag
Maybe William Petersen can come back? I miss him on the show!
Reply
Flag
Sucks that Laurence Fishburne is leaving. He actually made the show better since Gil left. Don't really know who would be good. Maybe it is time to kill it since noone seems to really want to stay. :)
Reply
Flag
i agree, happy to see Marcil leave, she didn't add anything to the show with her over the top acting.
Reply
Flag
I'm glad Vanessa Marcil is leaving GH for the most part. And she's not that pretty anymore lol.
Reply
Flag
I don't plan to watch anything Fox introduces in the future. I'm tired of getting involved with a series only to have then chop it when that shows production costs start to creep up. Case in point: Human Target. I doubt it was all about ratings.
Reply
Flag

Like TV.com on Facebook