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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

CSI: Las Vegas' graveyard shift will have a new supervisor as of season 12. Laurence Fishburne has left CSI after 2.5 years as the top-billed, star on Catherine's team. He will be replaced by Ted Danson of Cheers and Three Men and a Baby fame, whilst he himself replaced William Petersen's Grissom after 9 years.

For this writer it's a bitter-sweet change. Morpheus never really worked all told, but the Dick & Jane arc was fantastic, especially the second half of season 11, leading to a blisteringly good finale. Perhaps the finest CSI hourlong ever.

It seems the team is set for a pretty big mix-up given Fishburne's leaving and Marg Helgenberger has evidently got her wish of a reduced role in the show (she had considered quitting mid-way through the last series). She has been the leader of the team since Gil left but won't be this time round. Disappointing as she's probably the best character left, but despite reservations regarding Danson his body of work in recent years has been of high quality. Combine his skills and experience with a well-written character and the show could be onto a winner, and an upturn in overall quality towards the good old days.

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