Eric Szmanda



Marg Helgenberger Says Goodbye to CSI

Marg Helgenberger

It's not every job where having your boss call you "the perfect ex-stripper/cokehead" could be considered a compliment, but for 12 seasons now, that's exactly what CSI exec producer Carol Mendelsohn has thought of her departing star, Marg Helgenberger. "Some actresses might shy away from playing a part like Catherine Willows, but Marg turned all of Catherine's negatives into positives. I miss her already." Helgenberger exits the series this week after a dozen... read more

Keck's Exclusives: New Season Scoop on Private Practice, Hawaii Five-0 and More!

Kate Walsh, Private Practice

Private Practice
As part of Addison's baby-making plans, Kate Walsh says her character will be back "in the stirrups" in a scene that should leave viewers in "utter shock." Remember, adds Kate, "The last time we saw Addison like that was on Grey's Anatomy when she was living in the woods with Derek, and Bailey found poison oak on her vajayjay."

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A Romantic Teese for CSI's Greg

Dita Von Teese

Va-va-va-voom! Burlesque performer Dita Von Teese reveals herself as an actress, taking on three personas in tonight's film noir-inspired CSI (9/8c, CBS).

We meet her character — Ellen Whitebridge, a shy schoolteacher with a fascination for forensics — when she brings her students on a field trip to CSI headquarters. Greg (Teese's real-life pal Eric Szmanda) is intrigued by the brainy beauty and asks her out on a date. That's before he finds out about Ellen's naughty nightclub alter ego, Rita Von Squeeze. Then, in a series of flashbacks, Teese plays Ellen's murdered grandmother, who was also a burlesque performer back in the day.... read more

Keck's Exclusives: CSI's Greg Gets Lucky with Dita Von Teese!


In 11 seasons, CSIer Greg Sanders (Eric Szmanda) has never received so much as a kiss, so Eric took it upon himself to recruit ... read more

Mega Buzz on 24, CSI, Without a Trace and More!

24, CSI and Without a Trace

Senior editors Matt Webb Mitovich and Mickey O'Connor answer your burning questions. Be sure to direct any new seekage of spoilers to

The new 24 trailer is totally awesome! I seriously can't wait for Season 7. I'm in urgent need of some scoop to satisfy this 24 craving of mine! — Jack
First off, how much do I doubt your name is actually Jack? Too coincidental. But yeah, the new trailer is very much awesome — especially when Bauer tells you-know-who, "I will kill you, and you'll stay dead this time." Speaking of resurrections, the trailer also suggests to me that someone who I thought I saw die in the prequel movie (coming to you Nov. 23) has somehow been granted a second life. Interesting.

Can we expect anything of substance regarding the rest of the Without a Trace cast beyond the Jack and Samantha storyline? — Jennifer
Boy, do I have good news for you, Jen. An upcoming episode will ... read more

April 12, 2007: ?

A question mark. That pretty much sums up my feelings for this episode of CSI. What a bizarre ride this one was. I'm an outspoken guy and usually have plenty of words to convey my feelings, but I'm not sure what to say for this one. I can't take the straight-up recap approach because there was only about 10 minutes of new, interesting substance. So instead, I'm going to bullet-point my thoughts and you can feel free to comment on them. — First of all, half of this episode was like a bad greatest-hits CD. Greatest-hits CDs are made for the casual fan or the newbie who's never listened before but would like a good summary of an artist. This episode wasn't even career-spanning but rather one of those late-period throw-offs. I would take a bet that the majority of regular viewers of CSI would have been able to remember the basics of the previous miniature crimes without having to recap them like this. I understand the other lab techs had to be brought up to speed, but there had to ... read more

March 29, 2007: Welcome Back!

Can you believe it's been more than a month since the last new CSI episode? So what better way to rekindle my CSI flame than to give me an unusually high amount of bloody gore! This episode certainly was one of the more gruesome in recent memory. Six young showgirls all tied up with their throats slashed and a full half hour at least at the crime scene. It was kind of creepy, too. The gang doesn't usually come across victims that are still alive, so when the one girl reached out from under the bed, I admit, I jumped a bit. Not as much as Sara though, I'm sure. One of the things I've always loved about CSI are those scenes where we watch the crime happen from inside the body — you know, the ones where we see every organ the bullet hit. The one they showed in this episode had to be pretty nasty. A knife puncture deep enough to hit spine (or maybe rib?) and hard enough to break off the tip of the knife. That's not the way I want to go out. And did you see how many puncture wounds ... read more

December 7, 2006: Hi, Max

What a weird way to close out 2006 for CSI. We ended up with one of the funniest cases in recent memory and found out the identity of the miniature killer. But at least for me, many things just didn't make any sense. As usual, I'm probably the only one that can't understand some of these quirks in the story line, but that's why I have you to help me out. Bumbling Max Sullivan made for the unusually funny story line. Max's "bad day" started when he was a kid and killed his grandmother by putting his chair on her oxygen tube. And he ran his daughter over at one point. On this particular morning, he breaks a bowl of jello and accidentally stabs his wife in the heart with a broken piece of the glass, then follows that up by accidentally knocking the neighbor into the wall phone, killing her. Oh, let's not forget that he got stuck in cement while trying to dump his wife's body, after his car broke down on the way to do it. Or the fact that he was exposed by two words from a little girl: ... read more

November 16, 2006: Double Take

Okay, so I'm going to need your help with this one. "But Dave, why would you need my help writing your blog" you ask? Why? Because I didn't get it. It's as simple as that. I could lie and write something up that I think gives the impression that I knew what I was talking about and then all of you guys would see right through that. So instead, I tell the truth. I didn't understand this episode at all. Well, I did get the last 5 minutes. This reporter feels he'd be exposed by his boss for fake journalism so he kills her only to see "her" later and kills "her" again (in reality it's her twin). I also got the commericals. Nothing hard to understand about them. But take that scene and the ads out and I was lost for the rest of the hour. Here's what I do know: 1. The only person who really knew both twins existed was their mother who gave them up for adoption when she got put away. The twins didn't even know the other half existed. 2. Dr. Robbins had a twin that died while still in the wo... read more

November 9, 2006: Excusable

I'm very impressed with the quality of CSI episodes lately. There have been some great episodes this season. I really love the story line for Greg that's developed. The episode where he got beat down was my favorite of the year so far, but this one trumps it. I knew from the previews that the serial killer was coming back, but I didn’t know we'd be revisiting Greg's story line in the same week. The writers are starting to tie in the early episodes now, and the results couldn't be more riveting. Of course, I say it was riveting, but I have to admit that the dead woman didn't really interest me at first. A messed-up old lady getting thrown through a window is nothing unique for this show. I mean, I was paying attention to it until Greg showed up on my screen. At that point, I couldn’t have cared less about what happened to that lady. Even though I knew about the killer coming back, when the scale model of the house showed up, I was shocked. The whole thing slipped my mind be... read more

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