Over 14 seasons and 300 episodes, CSI has concocted some wild plots and brought in memorable guest stars to keep the body-bagging business fresh and fun. We asked the cast — including Marg Helgenberger, who reprises her role as Catherine Willows for Wednesday's landmark 300th episode, which flashes back to a case the team failed to crack in 2000 — to reflect on the show's best installments, selected by longtime executive producer Carol Mendelsohn.
The Walking Dead
AMC has tapped Walking Dead executive producer Robert Kirkman to develop a companion series to its blockbuster zombie drama. Set to premiere in 2015, it will focus on a new set of characters... Some members of the cast reveal where they'd like to see the walkers wreak havoc.
Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore
In its second season, A&E's Bates Motel will introduce the infamous fruit cellar where Mother's stuffed body...
David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel
It's the perfect day for a wedding. The rose garden at USC's Exposition Park in sunny downtown Los Angeles is perfumed with posies in full bloom, there's a pleasant breeze in the air and...a pair of smiling skeletons topping a wedding cake?
Elisabeth Shue and Lea Thompson
Though they costarred in 1989's Back to the Future Part II and 1990's Part III, Elisabeth Shue (who played Marty McFly's girlfriend, Jennifer) and Lea Thompson (who played Marty's mom, Lorraine) appeared together in only one scene. So it came as a rare treat for them to reunite for a November episode of Shue's CSI, in which Thompson guest stars as an investigator who is looking into a misconduct claim against Greg (Eric Szmanda). "We both had to sign a bunch of Back to the Future Part II posters for the crew," Thompson says. "A lot of people, including Eric, were totally geeking out."
Ashton Kutcher, Jon Cryer and Lynda Carter
Who knew Two and a Half Men's Alan (Jon Cryer) was such a Wonder Woman fan? Lynda Carter — who played the superhero on TV from 1975 to 1979 — attends a fund-raiser on the Nov. 7 episode of the CBS comedy, sending Alan into a sex-crazed frenzy. The storyline is based on a chance meeting Cryer had with his real-life teen crush earlier this year at a party hosted by CBS honcho Leslie Moonves, who is close pals with Carter. "I was so transfixed that my wife went over and told her I was a huge fan," says Cryer, who has also been working in Men's writers' room this season. "I, of course, was more tasteful about my obsession than Alan, who has a line, 'I had a poster of her that ended up looking like the bottom of a birdcage.'"
Modern Family's Nolan Gould (Luke) was born eight years after Macaulay Culkin became a superstar in 1990's Home Alone, but after discovering the film on DVD, Gould campaigned for his own version — and is getting his wish.
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Following TNT's successful Dallas relaunch, stars of the 1981-1990 CBS primetime soap Falcon Crest have been approached by one of the original show's writers about their interest in appearing in a reboot.
"There's not much I can say, for reasons that go beyond myself," original star William Moses said at the premiere of War Horse at Los Angeles' Pantages Theatre. "Warner Bros. owns the rights and so it's a discussion between them and the writers. There is a pitch and an idea germinating that has some traction. The producers contacted me to ask if I'd be interested, and I said yes. Where it goes on the producing side, I don't know."
Michael J. Fox, Candice Bergen and Charles Grodin
Thanksgiving on NBC's The Michael J. Fox Show is all about tradition — family, food and football. In the holiday episode tentatively scheduled to air Nov. 21, Fox's Mike Henry engages in a spirited gridiron game with his dad, Steve (Charles Grodin). "Charles is a unique individual," Fox says. "He is in his seventies, incredibly spry, and has a surprisingly live arm."
Myko Olivier, Molly Quinn and Nathan Fillion
Rick Castle (Nathan Fillion) faces an emotional milestone on the Oct. 28 episode of ABC's Castle when his daughter, Alexis (Molly Quinn), moves out of his loft and into her own apartment — with her boyfriend, Pi (Myko Olivier). "Castle does not respond well at all," says Quinn. "He's angry about it because he knows how [he himself has treated] women, but he's not the kind of parent who can say no."
With Alexis and Pi sharing a futon, the implication is that little Alexis — gasp! — has lost her virginity. Quinn refuses to let her mind go there. "I'm still pretending that's not the case, but it is the reality," she says. "I've heard that a romantic scene may be coming up."