In the past, CSI
has gone out of their way to make sure a semi-well known television or movie star steps into their main roles, whether it be the flagship show or other spin-off franchises, and the latest hire is no exception. Television veteran Ted Danson
, who starred in the popular show Becker, and the even more popular Cheers
will be starring in place of Laurence Fishburne
, who was starring in place of William Peterson. Since Fishburne’s departure was somewhat of a surprise, the network had to act fast to secure a strong replacement, and looks like when under fire the executives in charge can pull off a Hail Mary.
Even though Danson hasn’t really been lighting up the silver screen on a break-neck pace over the last few years, he’s still been showing up here and there in TV shows
, including a recurring role as himself on Curb Enthusiasm, which opened its eighth season with their highest rated show in seven years. Also, it’s not like he’s desperate for a show, he could live off his resume easily for the next hundred years. Either way, he’s a solid pick up for a show that was seemingly on the outs.
What’s puzzling about this pickup is why Ted Danson would want to do this. Certainly CSI
is a contemporary television staple, but they garnered their worst ratings for a season finale ever this past May, and have been in a steady decline since William Peterson left. Laurence Fishburne, whose popularity came from the movie The Matrix
, had little effect on the ailing show. Also, Ted Danson is pretty busy as far as former television stars go. Most actors who star in a show for several years don’t do much after the show’s demise, save for a few exceptions. (See Jennifer Aniston
) However, Ted Danson has really solidified himself as a constant worker and a consummate professional in every role. In addition to Curb Your Enthusiasm
, he has also recently appeared as a regular on HBO
’s Bored to Death
, and on the show Damages.
My opinion is that Ted Danson was looking for something fun and easy to do. Almost like a retirement situation. CSI, given its formula and less-than deep characters, is like a version of Florida for television actors. Either you go there early in your career like spring break or you go there after years of hard work to relax like retirement.