With CBS currently expanding the NCIS universe, it might be easy for crime drama fans to forget about the impending return of Gil Grissom & Co. for the streaming continuation series CSI: Vegas. The cast and crew are definitely working hard on bringing the series back, although perhaps a little too hard in certain cases, as William Petersen was reportedly taken from the set to the hospital during production after feeling unwell due to exhaustion.
While the situation doesn't sound too dire at present moment, one of William Petersen's publicists told TMZ that the 68-year-old actor was briefly hospitalized on Friday, August 20, out of precaution. Petersen has been as busy as ever over the past three months while filming CSI: Vegas, and has reportedly been working very long hours each day. It appears he started feeling ill on the day in question and asked the current director for a break. When it became more obvious that Petersen wasn't just going to shake it off, someone called an ambulance to pick him up.
The hospital visit is said to have been a quick one, and William Petersen was out of there and is reportedly now feeling better. Even if it was only precautionary, the hospital trip might have saved the actor from suffering even more while still on the set, so good move on everyone's part to make sure things went in a positive direction. Even if the show isn't filming in Las Vegas all the time, that summer heat is no joke to anybody having to suffer through exterior shots.
It's unclear just how many CSI: Vegas episodes have been filmed so far, though filming is scheduled to last until some point in November. Hopefully things wrap up sooner rather than later, at least for William Petersen's sake. As well as for all the fans who can't wait for the Sin City series to make its grand return. Obviously they take a backseat to Petersen's health, but still.
As far as the rest of the cast goes, rejoining William Petersen for the CSI: Vegas sequel-spinoff as series regulars will be Jorja Fox as Sara Sidle and Wallace Langham as David Hodges. Meanwhile, Paul Guilfoyle will reprise his role of Jim Brass in a guest-starring capacity, while actor Jamie McShane will take on a recurring role, after appearing four previous times in the franchise as different characters. The show's new main-cast recruits will be Barry's Paula Newsome, Kingdom's Matt Lauria, The Last Man on Earth's Mel Rodriguez, and After Life's Mandeep Dhillon. Check out a first look at the series in the video below.
Assuming all goes well for William Petersen going forward, CSI: Vegas is set to debut on CBS on Wednesday, October 6, at 10:00 p.m. ET. Be sure to mark that down along with all the other big returns coming to the 2021 Fall TV schedule.