CBS is keeping the crime drama “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” on the air for at least another season and renewed the contract of one of its stars, Ted Danson, for two more years.
“CSI” will be entering its fourteenth season next year and has spawned two spin-offs, “CSI: Miami,” which ended its run in 2012 after airing for 10 seasons, and “CSI: NY,” which has aired nine seasons so far, and its fate for next year is so far unknown. “Miami” starred “NYPD Blue” actor David Caruso and “NY” centers on “Apollo 13” actor Gary Sinise.
As for the original "CSI," CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler called the show “synonymous with CBS.”
“We are so proud of the series' creative and commercial legacy and its continued success on our network,” Tassler said in a statement. "The writers and producers have done an amazing job evolving CSI, reinventing the show around an incredible leading man in Ted Danson, the acclaimed Elisabeth Shue and our beloved and talented core of original castmembers.”
As has happened before on the “CSI” shows, the most recent “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” season eatured a crossover episode on which Sinise appeared as his “NY” character. “Crime” is scheduled to air its season finale May 15.
Danson came aboard “CSI” in its twelfth season in 2011, essentially replacing actor Laurence Fishburne after the actor decided to leave the show. Danson’s character D.B. Russell became the night shift supervisor after Fishburne’s character, Ray Langston, left the show’s team.
The actor had guest spots on various TV shows and appeared in films including the 1979 movie “The Onion Field” and 1982’s “Body Heat” before he was cast as bar owner Sam Malone on the 1982 series “Cheers,” which ran for 11 seasons. Danson won two Golden Globes for Best Actor in a TV Series – Comedy or Musical for his role on the show as well as two Emmy awards for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.
More recently, the actor appeared in the 1998 movie “Saving Private Ryan” and guest-starred on the TV shows “Curb Your Enthusiasm” as himself as well as appearing on the show “Damages,” for which he was nominated for three Emmys as a guest star.