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Some fresh blood is turning up on CSI: NY.Ex-Dawson's Creeker Kerr Smith and Shark's Bess Wohl are joining the cast as recurring players this season. Smith, last seen in Fox's short-lived Justice, will play Drew Becker, an expert in forged documents and a love interest for Stella (Melina Kanakaredes). "Well, he pretends to be an expert in forged documents," clarifies executive producer Pam Veasey. "He has a mysterious background that we are slowly developing. He's a love interest who has an ulterior motive."Meanwhile, Wohl, who, in addition to a two-episode stint on Shark has guest-starred on Cold Case and Ghost Whisperer, will play a new lab tech and a good friend of Adam's (A.J. Buckley). For more CSI: NY prattle — including some good news for Danny/Lindsay-shippers — check out the post-press-tour edition of Ask Ausiello on Aug. 1.
Question: Do you have any new spoilers about CSI: NY?
Answer: The show has put out a casting call for a child actress who looks like Stella (Melina Kanakaredes) at 8 years old. Not so coincidentally, they're also looking for a thirtysomething female to play a woman from Stella's past who harbors a secret identity.
Melina Kanakaredes and Gary Sinise, CSI: NY
Something remarkable happened while shooting this season's opening episode of CBS' CSI: NY (Wednesdays at 10 pm/ET). Instead of the usual nose-holding over the rotting corpse du jour, the actors huddling around the playback monitors were doing puppy-dog head tilts and whispering, "Awww."
"It was so sweet," says Melina Kanakaredes, who plays the normally tough-talking detective Stella Bonasera. "I mean, Mac and Peyton are adorable together."
Sweet? Adorable? Is this CSI: NY or 7th Heaven? After two seasons of by-the-book forensic gumshoeing, the crime drama's focus has suddenly shifted to topics that are decidedly more… cuddly. And it's not just the actors who are cooing. New, more personal story lines, including the burgeoning affair between hard-bitten Manhattan investigator Mac Tayl
CSI: NY is planning a killer plot twist for fall. "We'll be losing one of our primary six characters in the first two episodes," teases executive producer Anthony Zuiker, who declined to reveal if the CSI would be whacked or merely written out. "I can't say [more than that]. It's big." Well, we know it won't be Hil Harper, whose Dr. Hawkes is getting a nice promotion in Season 2. Zuiker confirms that the morgue man is being moved into the field alongside Gary Sinise and Melina Kanakaredes. "We love him so much," says Zuiker, "we need more of him." And the person being let go? Apparently not so much.
The third installment of the CSI franchise has gotten off to a strong start, cleaning up in the ratings against NBC's long-running warhorse Law & Order on Wednesday nights (10 pm/ET). But CBS isn't content to rest on those laurels. CSI: NY producers have been given a mandate to lighten up the look of their show and tell stories that are unique to the Big Apple.
Early episodes looked like they were shot in the sewer system and had a generic feel to them. "We need to bring Melina [Kanakaredes] and Gary [Sinise] into the light so our audience can get to know them," says CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler. "And we want this CSI to tell stories that can only be told in New York, which has many faces. There is the darker underbelly downtown. But there is also Central Park. New York's a vibrant, bright, colorful, multicultural place."
Changes will be noticeable this week, with an episode set at a Westminstere