News Briefs: Elisabeth Shue Is Replacing Marg Helgenberger on CSI

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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CSI is slowly dyin'
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Jorja Fox will always be the female lead in CSI for me. I still miss Grissom. Fishburne was ok, I thought I would hate Danson (he's Becker for me) but thus far I'm enjoying it more than during the Fishburne years. I hope Marg leaving doesn't kill the show. It's still an intresting format and keeps you on edge. But they can't keep losing awesome cast, that will kill 'em eventually.
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Forgot all about Adventures in Babysitting, so thanks for the reminder!
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It is officially time to just cancel CSI. I used to love this show dearly, but now they're ruining my good memories. First they take away Gil, then Warrick and Sara (at least they gave back Sara) and now Catherine. Only Greg and Nick is left and you barely see them anyway.
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Man CSI is bleeding characters.
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I like Elisabeth Shue but i don't care about 'CSI"..



I am looking forward to see the FX's "Powers".. According to FX president, John Landgraf, the show is going to be a serious, gritty drama show a la "The Shield" with a supernatural twist of course. I want to see this especially with Jasic Patric ("Sleepers", "Narc") and Lucy Punch ("The Class") on the lead cast.
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I am still thrilled that they got the deal done to produce more Dexter. Cant get enough. And happy about extra episodes of Body of proof
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they replaced older woman for another old woman , great thinking CBS , Job Well Done !

i think tv's new trend is MILF
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TLC is so trashy.
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Happy that Weeds will get some resolution.....but if ST doesn't end it with this season, they are INSANE (in the membrane).
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Well, I do believe they are keeping Marg's character alive, because killing the character is too irrealistic for this kind of show. Plus, she might come back for some guest spots on future episodes, not to mention the CSI movie that they are writing right now.
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This show gave up being realistic a long long time ago.
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I'm kinda bummed that Marg is leaving but at the same time, it's been nearly 12 years. Catherine has been through a lot and evolved to the point where she's ready to depart, there's no point keeping her around with nothing to do and nowhere to go in terms of story. I'll miss her like crazy but I'm okay with her leaving. Also, I like Elisabeth Shue so I'm excited for her to join.
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I hate the idea that Marg is leaving. Just as upset as I was when Danson showed up as a regular.

I was looking forward to Marg being the 'charge hand' and leading the other CSI's through their shifts. After all, they promoted Lt. Brass to Capt. Brass.

I think if you're going to introduce new blood into the cast it should be as junior CSI's not bosses. i.e. Danson's predecessor. Should never have happed.

Best wishes, Marg.
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Suprising news there about CSI, I think it's time though. Seriously, was she just going to continue for another 10 years until retirement, her character has nowhere left to go. It reminds me of Dinozo on NCIS, how long can they keep his character as a member of the team when he should have been promoted at least last year if not the year before.



I hope the cut to American Horror Story is only due to a timing conflict and not as a result of the network losing faith. It never looks good when a show losses time.



It'll be good news about Dexter if it's confirmed. As people have already said, it'll give the writers plenty of time to produce a great ending, which the show deserves. I just can't see Weeds getting the same opportunity.
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So far, this season's Dexter has been a bore. Let's get on with it!
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It's always comforting when shows get end dates. That means the writes have time to actually tie up loose ends and plan a great definite ending, without leaving some back door open for more seasons. And a show like Dexter definitely deserves that. Now they have two whole years to plan a great ending for the show, hopefully they spend that time well.
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Someone tell that to Darlton---oh snap!!
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I really like Shue as a replacement for the overly plastic surgery faced Marg. She looks terrible now trying to be young as it stopped working about 5 seasons ago and she gets more and more Susan Sommers like as seasons continue. Shue still looks like real woman which is nice to see a female actress aging normally. Lets hope she doesn't go down that road and ruins her face. Aging woman in a normal manner on TV would be a nice thing to see in this age of surgery barbie wanna be's.
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how come CSI (in any form) is still on air? have they not had to recycle (more than usual) stories by now? also i hope Powers does make it to series, it has potential of being good.
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Simple, because people still watch them all.
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I don't even watch CSI anymore and I'm like "No! Not Marg too!" I honestly don't think it can or should go on without Marg.
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If you don't watch the show, then what's it to you whether it continues, and why should your opinion matter to those of us who do watch the show? One thing about the show being on as long as it has is that Greg (like Nick before) has graduated from being the junior CSI to a seasoned hand mentoring the newer one, so there's still life in the show.
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first
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Second! . . . . wait, what are we doing?
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Hmm, I see your point. But would it be possible for you to elaborate on the "r" thing? Don't get me wrong, I agree with the big picture of what you're saying, but I just don't seem to understand what the "r" has to do with your argument as a whole.
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that was very insightful SokkaAppa. I agree about the impact of our troubled economy on television networks and their willingness to take costly risks on innovative new programming. Thank you.
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Die!
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