'CSI' reboots, adds new cast member

Laurenleesmith_lIn the wake of the departures of co-stars Gary Dourdan and Jorja Fox, Lauren Lee Smith (The L Word) has joined the cast of CSI as a series regular. She’ll play Bryce Adams, a character that CBS describes as a flirty and smart CSI who entered law enforcement to rebel against a controlling father. She’ll join Gil Grissom’s night-shift team next season. An insider close to the show also says other new cast members may be added in the near future.

Dourdan appeared in his final episode on May 15 (the season finale) as CSI Warrick Brown. It was mutually decided last month that he leave the drama, which he has appeared on since its inception in 2000. Fox decided earlier this season to walk away from her role as Sara Sidle, though she left open the possibility of returning for guest appearances.

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  • MsDaisy

    “nest season”???….does anybody at EW actually check what they write?

  • toysjoy

    Boooooooo

  • Portia

    Miss Daisy-My computer says “next season”, so either they fixed the problem or you need to look more closely before you criticize others for not looking closely.

  • Portia

    Excuse me..”MsDaisy”…before you jump all over me in uppity exasperation too!

  • DanOregon

    Adios Warrick. And we all saw it coming. One last meal with your co-workers, parking in a dark alley, the undersheriff knocking on your window.
    As for the new chick, whatever happened to the young Latina they featured in the first few episodes? They going all honky now?

  • Shaun

    How about sticking to the topic, guys? LLS is a great actress, I loved her work on ‘the L word’! It’s great to see her in a more mainstream arena. She did what she could with ‘Mutant X,’ still good. Congrats to LLS!

  • MsDaisy

    Hey Portia you spelled your name wrong too it’s suposed to be Porche. Duh.

  • Shaun

    Hey guys, all this fighting makes me uncomfortable. Please stop. Stick to the rules or we might get in trouble.

  • Gary Dourdan

    Please don’t fire me. I’ll stop hanging out with crack-ho’s, I promise. Just gimme one more chance. I’ll do anything, I’ll wear a dress and be “Warrick’s long-lost sister” – you name it. C’mon!

  • wildecat

    DanOregon – I thought the “young Latina” was incredibly bland and I’m glad they’re not giving her a full-time role. Personally, I wanted them to promote Wendy the Lab Rat – I love how she handles Hodges.

  • Scott M

    So, the only African American in the entire cast gets killed off. Typical of CBS to find a way to do the most racist thing possible to a non-white character on one of their shows.Why have only member of a minority group on the show in the first place? What does it prove? That you’re being inclusive? Give me a break! Be brave enough to say that’s not the direction the show will be going in, instead of including minorities only to bash them in some way–like Dourdan’s character was handled throughout his time on the show. Pitiful. Why is that C.S.I. New York is the only C.S.I. program that gets it right, most of the time? I’ve loved this show since its inception but I have to take my leave of it. Gary Dourdan may have been a handful off camera but his character deserved better. It’s a sad state of affairs when our society believes that bashing minority groups is still the preferred way to do anything. Very sad.

  • LaLa

    So sad to see Warrick leave. But it was expected. Plus his personal life is in the trash. This show has become a bunch of bland co-workers. Vegas is hotter than this show makes it. Get Crime novelist Patricia Cornwell to write some of the scripts. They need to bring Alex who left CSI Miami to this CSI show and make her a regular CSI (back story…she can be a relative of Warrick’s who wants to figure out what happened and she stays on) We need some life in this show.

  • Angel

    I found it hard that Warrick leaves CSI and Alex leaves CSI MIami. I like to see diversity of culture as well as acting styles on these shows. Makes it interesting. The character Warrick never was handled well. He never got to grow up. When he got married, there was great opportunity for him…Catherine was floored. Most of us thought she had the hots for Warrick. I was wondering if Hawkes was on his way out on CSI NY since he is the african american on that show. Bring Alex back to one of the CSI shows, she gave the show heart in how she handled the dead. There are some great black actors out there who can bring depth to the show along with diversity. Lure a movie star like some of the shows on FOX have. Only CSI NY is ripping it from the headlines and hosting an inclusive cast. CSI set the standard. A&E is doing a better job with the real headlines. Bring it back to the story and the evidence guys. Stop trying to compete with the McDreamy show…your show is better!

  • MsDaisy

    Angel your so wrong Warrick was not the only black character on the show, what about Ice-T? He’s black you know, even though he kinda looks white. So don’t be racist yourself!

  • Carrie

    Ice-T is in Law & Order SVU not CSI

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