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'CSI: Cyber' casts Luke Perry

CSI: Cyber is gathering the best of the ’90s and early 2000s, all in one place.

Fresh off the casting news of Shad Moss (a.k.a. Bow Wow) and James Van Der Beek, EW has confirmed that Luke Perry will be joining the CSI spin-off as former FBI agent Nick Dalton. According to TV Line, Dalton was supposed to be the head of the cyber crime division, a job that subsequently went to the show’s central character, Special Agent Avery Ryan (Patricia Arquette).

The show began as a backdoor pilot in April on the original CSI that focused on Arquette’s Ryan, who travels to Las Vegas to investigate a blackmailing hacker on social media.

CSI: Cyber is set to debut midseason on CBS.

Bow Wow joins 'CSI: Cyber' as series regular

Shad Moss, better known as rapper Bow Wow, no longer wants to be like Mike. Rather, his newest role is that of an online hacker on the upcoming CSI spinoff CSI: Cyber.

Moss has joined CSI: Cyber as a series regular, playing the role of Brody “Baby Face” Nelson. His character is described as “a cyber-intrusion savant,” or in other words, a really, really good hacker who’s ordered by a judge to work with Patricia Arquette’s Special Agent Avery Ryan. With jail as his only other option, Nelson agrees to help on with a cyber case. His series-long dilemma will then become “working for the Feds while trying to keep his fingertips out of the Deep Web, where he was groomed to be one of the most prolific hackers in the world.”

“Bow Wow is a gifted young actor who will have the responsibility, through his character, to set an example for young people who watch the show to ‘do what’s right’ even when you know ‘nothing but wrong,’” CSI creator Anthony E. Zuikersaid in a press release. “It will be a redemption story and a cautionary tale all wrapped into one. The role of Nelson required someone with deep acting chops and off-the-charts smarts. Shad Moss is a unique talent that possesses both.”

CSI: Cyber is expected to premiere during the 2014-2015 season on CBS.

James Van Der Beek joins 'CSI' spin-off as 'action junkie' agent

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The most oft-cast man in prime-time has new gig: James Van Der Beek has joined the team of CBS’ CSI: Cyber spin-off.

The Beek will play FBI Agent Elijah Mundo, “an expert in battlefield forensics recruited by Special Agent Avery Ryan (series star Patricia Arquette) for his war efforts in Afghanistan. Mundo is a savant when it comes to weaponry, vehicles and bombs. A self-proclaimed action junkie, Agent Mundo will often put himself at risk to seek permanent justice, while Ryan will level his diehard behavior with her expertise in psychology. Together, they will team up to fight the world’s toughest cyber crimes.”

The popular Dawson’s Creek star has appeared in three shows within the last year: ABC’s Don’t Trust the B—- in Apt. 23, an arc on CBS’ How I Met Your Mother, and as the star of the short-lived CBS comedy Friends with Better Lives. Cyber debuts in midseason on CBS.

Peter MacNicol cast as series regular on CBS's upcoming 'CSI: Cyber'

Emmy-winner Peter MacNicol has joined the cast of CSI: Cyber. 

The Ally McBeal actor will play Stravros Sifter, assistant director for the Cyber Crime Division in Washington, D.C., and supervisor of Special Agent Avery Ryan, played by Patricia Arquette. Sifter is described as “a shrewd and savvy networker” and “a charmer with a hint of malice.” MacNicol joins Arquette and Charley Koontz in the midseason series, the fourth spin-off in the highly successful CSI franchise.

The show—produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television—will premiere sometime in January, airing Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on CBS.

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