July 13th, 2011
09:56 AM ET
Laurence Fishburne has left the "CSI" building, and CBS is bringing in another veteran actor to replace him.
The network has announced that Ted Danson has signed on for Season 12 of the hit show.
According to a CBS press release "Danson will play the new CSI Supervisor for the grave shift after heading the crime lab in Portland. He comes to the team as they continue to grapple with the professional and personal fallout from last season's take-down of serial killer, Nate Haskell."
"You can create a new character on the page, but, until the perfect actor comes along and breathes life into it, it's just words," Carol Mendelsohn, the show's executive producer, said in a statement. "We're very excited Ted Danson came along."
Danson is a multiple Emmy and Golden Globe award winner best known for his role as bar owner Sam Malone in the wildly successful NBC comedy "Cheers," which ended its run in 1993.
Since then, he has appeared in several projects, including the FX series "Damages" and HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm."
Danson will make his debut on "CSI: Criminal Scene Investigation" when the series returns on September 21.
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