Two small-town murders, connected yet separated by a quarter of a century, will bring Treat Williams to CSI: Crime Scene Investigation for a guest stint on Wednesday's season finale, "Dead in His Tracks." (10/9c on CBS). The former Everwood star plays security guard Sam Bishop, who was an investigator on the first murder back in 1989 but retired from cop work in frustration when he couldn't solve the case. Now Bishop has reappeared and D.B. Russell (Ted Danson) is leery of him — but suspicion soon turns to awe.
"It turns out Bishop was a man way ahead of his time — a proto-CSI," says Andrew Dettmann, who wrote the episode. "So much of our modern CSI work uses technology that wasn't available in Bishop's day, yet he was using his own inventions to solve crime — like a homemade recipe for detecting gunshot residue and a jerry-rigged camera and weather balloon that did aerial photography like the drones of today."
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Will Amelia stick around next season on Grey's Anatomy? — Tara
There's no official word on what the cast will look like next year, but it's safe to say Amelia will find it more difficult to leave Seattle this time around. "She's really realizing the value of having her family around," Caterina Scorsone tells me. "She's definitely thinking about the pros and cons of living so far away in Los Angeles." One major pro? Having a new sister! Look for Amelia and Meredith to do some major bonding while Derek is out of town.
What's up with Chloe's look on 24: Live Another Day? — Jessica
Isn't that what all computer hackers look like? In all seriousness...
Another day, another departure by a longtime CBS star.
Paul Guilfoyle, who has starred as Captain Jim Brass on CSI since the...
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Can you give us any more information about Bartholomew on Supernatural? —Gina
ADAM: Let's just say that he might pose a few more problems for the Winchester boys than previous angel Naomi did. "Bartholomew set out to be a headhunter to kind of rule the roost, whereas Naomi was more in the business of trying to preserve heaven and ruling that landscape," Jensen Ackles tells us. "With that comes [new] rules of the game." And those new rules are likely to more deadly. "Bartholomew is malicious in a way that Naomi wasn't," Misha Collins says. "She would engage in torture, but there's something more sinister about Bartholomew. He seems to me to be less sympathetic."
Any scoop on The Vampire Diaries? So many twists last week! —Tonya
NATALIE: Seriously. For one, Katherine getting her blood drained won't come without consequences...
Wednesday's episode of CSI marks the CBS procedural's 300th episode, and no matter how you slice it, that's a lot of murder.
"We figure we've killed thousands of people," executive producer Carol Mendelsohn says with a laugh. "Which probably isn't something to be proud of, but... most shows never get to 300 episodes. Everybody's just so proud."
The CSI cast reflects on the show's finest hours
Indeed, reaching such a milestone is rare in today's increasingly fragmented television landscape...