More cast departures for crime procedurals

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Crime dramas are suffering from their own unsolved mysteries--the case of the departing cast members!

Earlier this week, CBS's CSI lost regular Gary Dourdan. Dourdan, who has been with the show over its seven-year life span, will be leaving after this season.

Shortly after his exit was announced, it was reported that Law & Order: SVU's Diane Neal was also calling this season her last.

Today, news broke that two more actors would be leaving their posts at the conclusion of their respective shows' seasons. Following Neal out of Law & Order: SVU is Adam Beach, who was only on the show for one year as detective Chester Lake. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Beach decided not to exercise an option in his contract that would keep him on board for another year.

Beach has seen his rep rise after winning acclaim for his role in the HBO miniseries Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, as well as his part in the film Flags of Our Fathers.

Also moving on will be Khandi Alexander, who is leaving CSI: Miami, says TVGuide.com. The actress plays Chief Medical Examiner Alexx Woods on the show, and word is her replacement will be male. CBS hasn't commented on the situation, but TVGuide says the departure wasn't exactly a friendly one.

It's unclear how these shows will be affected, but crime procedurals are often used as springboards for actors' careers and tend to have more rotating casts than other shows. Are you sad to see them go?

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