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'CSI' books 'Heroes' star Greg Grunberg

Greg Grunberg has booked a guest-starring role on CSI, EW has learned exclusively.

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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.

Mark-Paul Gosselaar to star opposite Mark-Paul Gosselaar on 'CSI'

Mark-Paul Gosselaar will play a notorious serial killer on CSI this fall.

Mark-Paul Gosselaar will also not play a notorious serial killer on CSI this fall.

Confused? Here’s the deal: EW can exclusively reveal that the Franklin & Bash star (who, let’s face it, you still know best as Zack Morris on Saved By the Bell) has booked an arc on CBS’s venerable procedural—and that he’ll be playing twins named JAred Briscoe and Paul Wintrhop. One of the brothers is an unrepentant murderer about to be executed for his crimes; the other, according to CBS, is “a real estate magnate and a pillar of the community who insists on his brother’s innocence.” Neither, presumably, has a cell phone that looks like this.

The fifteenth season of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation premieres Sunday, Sept. 28 on CBS.

'CSI' spin-off: Patricia Arquette leads Cyber Crime Division -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO

Behold, a look at the potential next member of the CSI franchise family.

The exclusive photo above is a look at Patricia Arquette as Avery Ryan, a special agent in charge of the FBI’s Cyber Crime Division, the office at the center of the upcoming CSI spin-off. READ FULL STORY

'CSI' original star to exit after 14 seasons

CSI will lose one of its original stars, Paul Guilfoyle, by the end of the current season, EW has confirmed. The actor, who has played Captain Jim Brass since the CBS show debuted in 2000, is only one of two original stars left on the show; George Eads, who plays Nick Stokes, will be the lone remaining original actor when season 15 kicks off in the fall.

“Paul made Capt. Brass a standout character,” CSI exec producers Carol Mendelsohn and Don McGill said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, which broke the news. “He is not just an original cast member, he is an original. In a show about forensics, fans always looked forward to the handcuffs coming out, and Capt. Brass putting his spin on the crime of the week, just as Paul Guilfoyle put his indelible stamp on the character and the show. He will be missed.” READ FULL STORY

'Intelligence' promo touts Marg Helgenberger's biggest challenge yet -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

On CSI, Marg Helgenberger had a hand in catching some pretty bad people, but on the upcoming CBS drama Intelligence, she’s not doing so much tracking down as she is “following around a charming devil with a chip in his brain.”

Not a bad gig, if you ask us.

For more on Helgenberger’s new series, which stars Lost alum Josh Holloway (as the aforementioned charming devil), check out an exclusive look at a promo that debuts tonight during CSI‘s 300th episode, in which Helgenberger makes a guest appearance.

Intelligence debuts Feb. 24 on CBS.
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Fall TV: Six toughest time slot battles (and which show will win)

It’s war! Next week broadcasters shove the bulk of their new shows into the spotlight and anxiously count how many viewers show up to watch. Even in this era of heavy DVR use, a show’s time slot still matters plenty — just ask NBC’s Revolution, which was hugely boosted whenever it ran behind original episodes of The Voice last season (or any show that runs against The Voice, for that matter). Here are six of the most interesting new top time-period battles this fall — and who we think will win.

'CSI' 300th episode: Marg Helgenberger set to return

CBS’ long-running forensic-sleuth series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation will celebrate its 300th episode with the return of original star Marg Helgenberger.

Helgenberger, who played cucumber-cool-but-caring forensic scientist Catherine Willows to boss Gil Grissom (William Petersen)’s über-rational approach, will help the team solve a cold case that has evaded them for more than a decade.

According to CBS, in the special episode we’ll see the team investigating a homicide that occurred at the home of a former casino mogul, who was also suspected of an all-too-similar crime that happened 14 years ago.

Helgenberger appeared on the show for a 12-season run, garnering Golden Globe and Emmy noms for her portrayal of Willows. Her last episode, “Willows in the Wind,” aired Jan. 25, 2012.

The 300th episode will air Wednesday, Oct. 23.

'Arrow,' 'CSI,' 'Revolution,' 'Once Upon a Time': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

We’ve got a busy weekend ahead here at EW. Not only is there a lot of good TV but we’re also hosting the CapeTown Film Festival in L.A., so I’ll be there periodically this weekend. If you’re in the L.A. area, stop by and say hello.

Now that I’ve opened myself up to possible stalkers, on to business!

Notice: Spoiler Room will return to it’s regularly scheduled Wednesday timeslot next week. And as usual, send all questions to spoilerroom@ew.com!

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'CSI' renewed; Ted Danson to return

CBS has renewed CSI and closed a new deal with Ted Danson to continue starring in the drama for its 14th season.

Elisabeth Shue and original cast members George Eads, Jorja Fox, Eric Szmanda, Paul Guilfoyle and Robert David Hall, along with Wallace Langham, Elisabeth Harnois, David Berman and John Wellner will also return in the fall.

CSI is synonymous with CBS, and we are so proud of the series’ creative and commercial legacy and its continued success on our Network,” said Nina Tassler, CBS Entertainment president in a statement. “The writers and producers have done an amazing job evolving CSI, reinventing the show around an incredible leading man in Ted Danson, the acclaimed Elisabeth Shue, and our beloved and talented core of original cast members.”

This year, CSI has routinely won its time period in viewers (11.8 million), adults 18-49 (2.9/8) and adults 25-54 (3.8/9).

'CSI': Elisabeth Shue previews Finlay's past, hot chemistry with 'Cougar Town' guest star

After several bodies are unearthed in the middle of the desert on tonight’s CSI, Finlay (Elisabeth Shue) is going to be forced to unearth her past.

And as Shue previews, this trip down memory lane, which finds Finlay traveling to to retrace the steps of the case that got her fired from her old job, could land the passionate investigator in some hot water. “It was good to finally explain what got her fired and to also show what gets her in trouble. She sometimes gets too passionate about things and oversteps her boundaries — but she’s usually right [to do so],” says Shue. “[She has] a child-like need to go out there and throw herself into things without knowing the consequences — and when she knows, she doesn’t care.”

No one knows these flaws better than Finn’s ex-husband, played by Cougar Town‘s Brian Van Holt, with whom Finn still shares a deep connection. “I loved that she has a past relation Seattle ship with her ex husband that’s not entirely resolved,” says Shue. “She wants to fall in love so desperately — and had fallen in love with somebody — but yet her personality isn’t quite stable enough to keep a relationship in her life.”
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Ted Danson, Gary Sinise doing 'CSI' crossover

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The CSI team is going to the Big Apple.

CBS is planning CSI and CSI: NY cross-over episodes for February sweeps.

Across two hours, Detective Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise) will visit the CSI team in Las Vegas, while D.B. Russell (Ted Danson) will head to New York City.

CSI will kick things off on Wednesday, Feb. 6, with Taylor arriving in Las Vegas to surprise his girlfriend but learns she is missing. With her hotel room now a crime scene, he joins forces with Russell and his Vegas team in an effort to find her. The action continues on Friday, Feb. 8 on CSI: NY, where, according to the network, “the search for Mac’s girlfriend continues as Russell heads to New York to help Taylor, but even after apprehending one of the men responsible for Christine’s kidnapping, they still need to determine the motive and whether she is still alive. The case gets personal for Taylor as he wrestles with breaking police protocol in an effort to find the kidnappers.”

The strategy is the latest in a series of CBS crossovers, such as last season’s NCIS: LA crossover with Hawaii Five-0. Previously CSI had a crossover where then-star Laurence Fishburne appeared on all three of the franchise’s shows.

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