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Ted Danson has found a new home, where everybody is going to know his name. The former Cheers star is set to head over to CSI this fall, replacing Laurence Fishburne as the show's male lead for its 12th season.
According to EW.com, Danson will play the CSI supervisor for the grave shift after heading the crime lab in Portland. He begins his new job in Vegas as the team continues to deal with the fallout from last season's finale.
"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,” said executive producer Carol Mendelsohn. "We’re very excited Ted Danson came along."
CSI producers reportedly met with plenty of big-name actors, including Tony Shaloub, Robin Williams and John Lithgow, before choosing the 63-year-old Emmy winner for the gig. CBS decided not to renew Fishburne's contract, after a little more than two years with the show, when he failed to keep the show's ratings high after William Peterson (Gil Grissom) left. Now, the network is hoping Danson has what it takes to bring some of the magic back to the crime show.
"From the moment we all started talking about the role, it was clear he couldn’t be more perfect,” said 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."