Gary Sinise, Jaime Ray Newman

After seven seasons of CSI: NY, viewers will finally meet Mrs. Mac Taylor.

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Former General Hospital  and Eastwick star Jaime Ray Newman has been tapped to play Claire Taylor, the wife Mac (Gary Sinise) lost during the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively. As we previously reported, Claire will appear in flashbacks during the show's Season 8 premiere, which honors the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

"We're taking all of our characters back to that day," executive producer Pam Veasey tells us. "You get to see them together. You see why Claire loved Mac, and why Mac loved her."

Veasey also hinted that Mac's moments of reflection may offer him some inspiration to look for love again. "We've had a few women in the past pursue Mac," she says. "We like the idea of maybe seeing Mac being the pursuer."

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Newman is best known for her work as Kristina Cassadine on General Hospital and the bewitching Kat Gardener on ABC's short-lived Eastwick. She has also had recurring roles on such shows as Veronica Mars, Stargate Atlantis, Eureka, and, most recently, Drop Dead Diva.

CSI: NY returns Friday, Sept. 23 at 9/8c on CBS.