CBS picks up ‘CSI’ for another season, Ted Danson signs contract extension

By Daniel S Levine,

Ted Danson has signed on to star in another season of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation for CBS. The network also announced that the long-running show has been renewed for next season already.

CBS also confirmed that the rest of the cast will return as well. Elisabeth Shue will be around for another season, while George Eads, Eric Szmanda, Jorja Fox, Paul Guilfoyle and Robert David Hall, will continue to be an integral part of the show. Also returning are Wallace Langham, Elisabeth Harnois, David Berman and Jon Wellner.

“CSI is synonymous with CBS, and we are so proud of the series’ creative and commercial legacy and its continued success on our Network,” CBS Entertainment President Nina 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 cast members.”

CSI is in the middle of its 13th season and currently airs on Wednesdays at 10 pm. The show consistently wins in its timeslot, averaging 11.85 million viewers and a 2.9 rating in the key 18-49 demographic.

The news comes just days after the show secured a new producing partner in Content Partners. The company purchased the Goldman Sach-run GS Capital Partners’ interest in the show and will co-produce with CBS Television studios.

Danson, best known for his role on Cheers, joined CSI in 2011, following in the footsteps of Lawrence Fishburne and William Peterson.

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