CBS hasn’t announced when Marg Helgenberger’s final episode of “CSI” will air.
But we know the arrival date of her replacement: Oscar nominee Elisabeth Shue comes aboard Feb. 15.
Helgenberger, who plays Catherine Willows, has been with the CBS drama since its debut in October 2000. The actress won an Emmy for “China Beach.”
“while it’s difficult to say goodbye to a beloved character like Catherine Willows, it’s exciting to start a journey with a new CSI, especially when that character is played by Elisabeth Shue,” executive producer Carol Mendelsohn said in a statement. “The new CSI also struggles with ‘brutal honesty issues’ and suffers no fools.”
CBS explained that Shue’s character arrives “amid rumors that D.B. Russell (Ted Danson) fired her when she worked for him in Seattle.”
Executive producer Don McGill provided more insight: “Elisabeth’s character will share a past, in another crime lab, with Ted Danson’s character (D.B. Russell). The first time things didn’t go so well between the two of them. maybe the second time’s the charm, or not.”
Shue received a best-actress Oscar nomination for “Leaving Las Vegas.” her other film credits include “Adventures in Babysitting,” “Deconstructing Harry” and “The Karate Kid.”
Danson has won admiring reviews for his work on the long-running drama, which he joined this fall. he replaced Laurence Fishburne, who joined the show after original cast member William Petersen left. “CSI” airs at 10 p.m. Wednesdays on WKMG-Channel 6.