News Briefs: Elisabeth Shue Is Replacing Marg Helgenberger on CSI

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CASTING NEWS FIRST SINCE IT'S THE BIGGEST NEWS

... Elisabeth Shue, cinema's hottest babysitter (just edging out Christina Applegate), will be replacing Marg Helgenberger as the female lead on CSI in mid-February. Shue, who was nominated for an Oscar for Leaving Las Vegas, will play a new CSI who formerly tussled with new chief D.B. Russell (Ted Danson). Helgenberger may return for guest spots, so I guess she's not blowing up in a SUV as her exit. [TV Line]

... Timothy Busfield (Thirtysomething, The West Wing) is heading to Blue Bloods as a weatherman accused of murder. His murder rap is 3 degrees with a 90 percent chance of conviction. [EW]

... Dexter's Courtney Ford is stopping by Parenthood. She'll play a cello player who rents time at Crosby's music studio, and you know what that means: possible love interest! [TV Line]


EVERYTHING ELSE

... American Horror Story's season is being cut short by half an hour, meaning its season finale will now only run 90 minutes. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Dexter was renewed for two seasons today, but that's old news. The update is that Showtime entertainment president David Nevins thinks Season 8 will "likely" be the show's last. Can we say the same thing about Weeds, please? [Deadline Hollywood]

... ABC has ordered three more episodes of Body of Proof, bringing the series' Season 2 total to 20. [THR]

... FX has passed on Southern crime drama Outlaw Country, which is good news for potential new series Powers. The network is retooling the pilot for the superhero-detective show, and with Outlaw Country out of the way, it's closer to becoming a series. [Deadline Hollywood]

... TLC has ordered Geek Love, a docu-drama that follows speed-dating at events like Comic-Con. Ugh another show about weirdos doing some—hold on, I'm just so used to saying that about new TLC shows. This actually sounds entertaining. Look for it to premiere on December 18. The link includes a probably-should-see trailer. [EW]


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