The Washington Post’s TV column expert Lisa de Moraes and People TV Watch recently reported that Ted Danson -currently playing in other television roles – has snagged the part to play in Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) as the new supervisor. Danson will replace Laurence Fishburne, who played Dr. Raymond Langston for two seasons. Fishburne decided to leave and not renew his contract. He replaced William Petersen, who played the popular Dr. Gilbert ‘Gil’ Grissom for many seasons in the crime drama.
Danson, 63, is an actor that has always kept busy in his craft. He has won several Golden Globe and Emmy awards and a Screen Actor’s Guild award. The talented performer is most noted for his role as the bartender/owner Sam Malone in the popular sitcom “Cheers” and as Dr. John Becker in the series “Becker”. Both sitcoms are currently in syndication. Danson also plays a recurring role in the HBO sitcom “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and now plays in another HBO program “Bored to Death”. His character’s name is George Christopher, a New York editor who is described as a womanizer and partygoer. Danson’s wife, actress and Academy Award winner Mary Steenburgen (Melvin and Howard, Philadelphia, Nixon) also plays in a recurring role in Curb Your Enthusiasm and will join the cast in Bored to Death in the new season.
All of the above sitcoms are comedies; but Danson, just as the character he will portray in CSI, has another side of himself. He also plays the ruthless billionaire Arthur Frobisher in the legal drama “Damages”, who is trying to build back his tarnished reputation after losing a media infused case. The crime thriller mainly focuses on a manipulative yet brilliant attorney named Patty Hewes, played by Tony and Emmy Award winning actress Glenn Close (Dangerous Liaisons, Jagged Edge, Fatal Attraction). Damages originally aired on the FX channel but switched to DirecTV’s Audience network this year. Season four premiered on July 13, 2011.
Outside of acting, Danson is an advocate in saving the world’s oceans and has written a book with former Virginian-Pilot
reporter and journalist Mike D’Orso called “Oceana: Our Endangered Oceans And What We Can Do To Save Them”. In April it was reported that Danson and D’Orso appeared at Prince Books in Norfolk, Virginia and Danson was interviewed on The Diane Rehm Show on June 9, 2011. The program is in Washington, DC on WAMU (American University) 88.5 and NPR. Danson and his wife are also close friends with the Clinton family and attended Chelsea Clinton’s wedding on July 31, 2010 in Rhinebeck, New York.
CSI is going into its 12th season and will change its current Thursday night time slot at 9pm to Wednesdays at 10pm starting in September. It will replace the cancelled show “The Defenders” which starred Jim Belushi. CSI also has two spinoffs CSI: NY (New York) and CSI: Miami. CSI is aired on WUSA9 in Washington, DC and shown in syndication on the Spike network.
“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,” executive producer Carol Mendelsohn says. “We’re very excited Ted Danson came along.”
“From the moment we all started talking about the role, it was clear he couldn’t be more perfect,” adds executive producer Don McGill. “Intelligence, wit, warmth, depth of character and emotion, he brings it all. And now he’ll have to bring latex gloves, too.”