Jorja Fox, CSI
Question: Jorja Fox's last CSI episode just aired, and that got me to thinking about all the brouhaha back when the relationship between Grissom and Sara was revealed in the Season 6 finale. At the time, there were dire predictions that this was the end of the rope for the series. It had become a soap, turned a corner, jumped the shark, etc. Looking back at it now, do you think that the romance — its reveal, and the way it was woven into Seasons 7 and 8 — was a detriment to the show? An asset? My personal opinion is that the creators did a very nice job of keeping the relationship believable and not letting it overtake the procedural nature that is the show's hallmark. That said, Season 7 was perhaps one of CSI's best, not because of the romance storyline but because of the writing (the "miniature killer" and Liev Schreiber arcs) and the artistic gambles the creators took: dead bodies that spoke, a "monster movie"-style episode, the incredibly cute "clip show" featuring the lab rats.
Jorja Fox in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation by Ron P. Jaffe/CBS
On last weeks episode of CSI, in the crossover stunt featuring Without a Traces Jack Malone, Sara Sidle was shown as visibly shaken at an especially unsettling crime scene, walking away as if shed had enough. Her psychological unease and emotional exhaustion had been well established even before last seasons cliff-hanger that left her trapped under a car in the desert, as fans wondered all summer if TVs top procedural was going to kill off one of its own. Thankfully, CSI (as usual) took the high road, and this story reaches its destination tonight.Unless youve been in solitary the last few months, you know that tonights heavily promoted (and for once, worth the hype) episode marks Sara Sidles, and Jorja Foxs, departure from the series. Without going into the specifics (which would be wrong), let me just say this is a terrific farewell: melancholy, creepy and, most important, providing a dignified exit for an important character w...
Batman and Robin. Starsky and Hutch. Hasselhoff and his talking car. Prime time has always featured plenty of crime-busting partners. And coming up, two of TV's toughest solo acts Gil Grissom (William Petersen) and Jack Malone (Anthony LaPaglia) join forces to catch a killer in a special CSI-Without a Trace crossover. Inspired by the real-life saga of a murderer who rode the rails to hunt his victims, the story begins on CSI, when a murder investigation by Grissom's team turns up a link to a case that Jack and the FBI have been pursuing for years...read more
Marg Helgenberger and Gary Dourdan, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Last week, months of speculation came to an end with an eighth-season opener that kept us on the edge of our seats and finally revealed Sara Sidle's fate (she's alive, but how long will she stick around?). Tonight's CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (9 pm/ET, CBS), entitled "A la Cart" and written by Sarah Goldfinger and Richard Catalani, offers a breather, an episode that's "slightly more lighthearted and should be fun for the audience," says Catalani.
Our favorite clue-finders dive into two cases: The first is a death at a restaurant where patrons dine completely in the dark. "The dining-in-the-dark story Sarah Goldfinger experienced firsthand," explains Catalani. "She went to a trendy [Laughs] restaurant where you dine in the actual pitch-black darkness, and we thought that was interesting enough to formulat
Sandra Oh in Grey's Anatomy by Bob D'Amico/ABC
Now that's what I like to see on TV's most overcrowded night: TV's top crime drama and TV's top medical soap back in fine form, the two most-awaited season premieres of the week delivering on the hype. And the icing on the cake? Another sensational episode of AMC's summer holdover Mad Men, the one show I never want to see end. I'm going to miss that one when it goes away in a few weeks. As much as I enjoy CSI and Grey's Anatomy, combatants of the highest and most satisfying order, they feel like old hat compared to this scrumptious, provocative period piece.First off: Big sigh of relief that Sara Sidle (Jorja Fox) lives on. As Michael Ausiello reports in his exhaustive interview with the star, her days on CSI may still be numbered, but for now, Grissoms lady love is still kicking, no matter how bloodied, battered and sunburned. The teaser for next weeks episode reveals, no surprise, that the course of true love isnt going to run smooth for these coworkers, but ther...
William Petersen, CSI
Instead of using "Who Are You" as its theme song this season, CSI producers might want to consider the Clash's "Should I Stay or Should I Go."
In last spring's season finale, Sara Sidle (Jorja Fox) was left trapped under a car in the Nevada desert by a serial killer — with pouring rain threatening to drown her — while Gil Grissom (William Petersen), her boyfriend and boss, and the rest of the CSIs frantically tried to find her. Sara's life hung in the balance because of the car — and the fact that Fox's contract with the CBS hit was up for renewal. So will she be sticking around?
Executive producer Naren Shankar's not telling. "Let's just say fans will be very satisfied with how it turns out," he says. "No loose ends will be left dangling a
Oprah Winfrey, Simon Cowell and William Petersen
You can make a nice living in TV. Just ask Simon Cowell, who pulls in $45 million per year (for American Idol and other TV projects). Even the folks who serve chow to the cast and crew can make $3,000 over the eight days it takes to shoot an hourlong drama.
Here's a sample of who makes what, from Oprah to a production assistant just breaking into the biz.
NETWORK PRIME TIME (salary per episode)William Petersen, CSI $500,000Zach Braff, Scrubs
William Petersen by Robert Voets/CBS
Get this: Sources confirm that CSI has signed William Petersen's To Live and Die in L.A. director, William Friedkin, to helm the season's eighth episode (to air during November sweeps, natch). As such, I think it's safe to speculate that the hour, which delves into Vegas' seedy mob underworld, will include at least one killer car chase and more Wang Chung music than you ever thought you'd hear again. Kidding aside, if the Oscar winner had only made his deal a little sooner, he could have revisited his Exorcist heyday by calling the shots on Episode 6: That one revolves around a deadly, um, exorcise program.
George Eads, Marg Helgenberger and Eric Szmanda at Chicago Musuem of Science and Industry by Sean Smith/jpistudios.com
You know your show is a pop-culture phenomenon when a museum exhibit opens in its honor. But thats exactly whats happened to CSI. All the cast members from the CBS megahit came out to Chicagos Museum of Science and Industry last night to celebrate CSI: The Experience, which opens to the public on Friday, May 25. This exhibit feels like a pat on the back for a job well done, says George Eads. After the ribbon cutting, William Petersen, Marg Helgenberger and the rest of the CSI-ers took a tour of the interactive exhibit, where visitors can gather evidence, run tests and crack the case just like the investigators do on the show.While the cast gushed about the exhibit, they remained tight-lipped about the fate of Sara (Jorja Fox), whose life hung in the balance at the end of the May 17 season finale. We ended this season with Sara under a car and thats how well start Season 8, says executive producer Carol Mendelsohn. One promising s...
For the second year in a row, CBS' broadcast of the Tony Awards will be host-free, Playbill.com reports. Instead, a cavalcade of big-name actors will engage in awkward banter before bestowing the awards on June 10. Presenters include Liev Schreiber, David Hyde Pierce and Kevin Spacey, all of whom are currently gracing the Great White Way, as well as past Broadway babies like Vanessa Williams, Neil Patrick Harris, Rainn Wilson and William Petersen. Marg Helgenberger will be there, too. (We hear she attended a Broadway show once.) Reporting by Raven Snook