CSI Cyber Is Adding A Classic CSI Regular To The Cast

The original CSI may have ended its run just a few short days ago, but for one main CSI cast member, the ride isn’t over yet. Since George Eads and Elisabeth Shue left the CBS drama even before the big 2-hour event (and Grissom and Sidle boated off into the sunset), it may be a little easy to guess the person who is heading to CSI: Cyber this week. That’s right, Ted Danson is heading to CSI: Cyber, where he has been added to the cast as a series regular.

The stint won’t be the first time that Danson’s CSI universe character, D.B. Russell, has headed to another show within the franchise. He also popped up in an episode of CSI: NY earlier this decade. While fans aren’t quite as invested in Russell as they have been with some of the original CSI characters, it’s nice that the network found a way to keep him on. In addition, adding Danson could give some former CSI audiences a reason to tune in and check out CSI: Cyber during this weekend’s big Season 2 premiere.

After kicking off at midseason last year, CSI: Cyber did well enough that CBS renewed the series for a second season. The cast of the drama is already stacked, including Patricia Arquette and James Van Der Beek, and adding Ted Danson just makes the cast stand out a little further. Plus, while Season 1 debuted to middling reviews, CSI: Cyber will at least boast a really creepy plot for its Season 2 premiere episode. CBS recently released a clip for the new season, which features D.B. Russell interacting with the new gang as they try to solve a case involving a predator who is hacking dolls owned by little girls in order to get what he wants.

If you caught the CSI 2-hour finale movie last weekend, you probably already know that Russell left his post in Las Vegas, declaring his intent to “head east.” He later handed off his post to Sara Sidle, although Catherine Willows seemed to know Sidle might leave with Grissom and offered to take over the lab, as well. While we’ll miss the likes of Sidle and Greg a lot, we liked the movie's nod to Danson's move to Quantico in CSI: Cyber, and we like that he’ll be on our TVs a lot this season.

CSI: Cyber is getting a late premiere, thanks to the CSI finale movie dominating the schedule last week. Luckily, Cyber is expected to return very soon, airing on Sunday, October 4 at 10 p.m. ET. To find out when the rest of your favorites are set to return, check out our fall TV premiere schedule.

Photo courtesy of CBS.

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