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Cheers to this exciting CSI casting news!

Following the departure of William Peterson, and then Laurence Fishburne, Ted Danson has signed on to anchor this long-running CBS drama. The Emmy winner will debut in September as the former head of a Portland crime lab.

Said Don McGill of the Danson selection: “From the moment we all started talking about the role, it was clear [Ted] couldn’t be more perfect. Intelligence, wit, warmth, depth of character and emotion, he brings it all. And now he’ll have to bring latex gloves, too.”

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CSI moves to Wednesday nights, hoping to improve upon recently-declining ratings, this fall.

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