Marg Helgenberger, Ted Danson
Over the summer, veteran CBS procedural CSI had the unenviable task of replacing its series lead for the second time in three seasons. And while a number of stars' names were bandied about, executive producers Carol Mendelsohn and Don McGill could think of only one man to follow in the footsteps of Laurence Fishburne and William Petersen: Ted Danson.
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"He's able to do so many things. He's such a smart actor," McGill tells TVGuide.com. "We sort of had a rough idea of what this character of D.B. Russell was. Then, when we saw Ted's name and thought he might be available, I think we both just sparked. He was the guy that we were thinking about."
Still, many found Danson's casting a bit surprising....
Game of Thrones
HBO executives, while admittedly not the biggest fantasy genre fans, say they love Game of Thrones. Just don't try to get them to commit to it in perpetuity.
Reporters at the network's fall TV preview session Thursday did anyway, questioning whether or not the network would stick closely to George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire books on which Game of Thrones is based, asking if they might consider seasons longer than 10 episodes, and generally attempting to get a decade-long order for future seasons.
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HBO, in turn, reassured and made no guarantees.
Boardwalk Empire, Bored To Death
Get ready to be Board and Bored.
Boardwalk Empire will kick off HBO's fall season, debuting...
Sam Malone's gone procedural: Ted Danson is returning to broadcast TV, joining the cast of CSI in a leading role.
According to CBS, Danson will play the new grave shift supervisor, moving to Vegas from the Portland crime lab. "He comes to the team as they are still grappling with the professional and personal fallout from last season's take-down ...
Jason Schwartzman and Brady Cunningham
Jason Schwartzman and wife Brady Cunningham have welcomed a baby girl, his rep tells TVGuide.com.
Marlowe Rivers was born on Dec. 4 in Los Angeles.
Jason Schwartzman ties the knot
The Amazing Race
Amazing Race 17
The six remaining teams fly from Russia to Oman, where several surprises await them. But perhaps the biggest shock happens to Stephanie. During the leg, her boyfriend Chad proposes to her. As for the race itself, the pairs dangle from a rock mountain and try to avoid deadly mistakes like the one that proved "fatal" to father-son team Michael and Kevin Wu last week when they failed to correctly read a clue. — Tim Holland
Read on for previews of Betty White: America's Golden Girl, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Sunday Night Football, Sarah Palin's Alaska, Tina Fey: The Mark Twain Prize and Bored to Death.
Bored To Death, Eastbuond & Down
HBO has renewed sophomore comedies Bored to Death and Eastbound & Down, Deadline reports.
The pickups come in the midst of...
Bored to Death
Bored to Death
It's been a tough season for George: blindsided by prostate cancer, he's also found his position at the magazine diminished by cost-cutting overlords. To top it off, his driving skills are increasingly impaired by his copious pot smoking. But things could be looking up, in their typically goofy, convoluted way, when Jonathan tries to help a limo driver who recently lost his job. Meanwhile, Ray's lucky streak continues when Kevin Bacon takes an interest in his Super Ray comic book. — Joe Friedrich
Read on for previews of Sunday Night Football, Secrets in the Walls, CSI: Miami, Masterpiece Mystery!, Sexy Beasts: Vamps, Wolves and Mutants and Brothers & Sisters.
Zach Galifianakis, Jason Schwartzman; Jonathan Ames inset
Jeers to Jonathan Ames for overexposing himself on Bored to Death.
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The New York City novelist created, writes and executive-produces HBO's twee sitcom about a New York City novelist named Jonathan Ames (meta alert!) who moonlights as a private dick. He even ...
No sooner was Dexter a newlywed than he became a widower. Season 5 kicks off with an emotionally charged entry that picks up with the aftermath of Rita's murder. There are funeral arrangements to make, her kids are on an outing to Disney World with their grandparents and they need to be told, and to top it all off, Rita's homicide has fallen under the jurisdiction of the FBI, whose agents are eager to interview the victim's husband. And, according to a cop in tonight's episode, 90 percent of wife-killings are committed by the hubby. — Ray Stackhouse
Read on for previews of Amazing Race, Desperate Housewives, The Simpsons, Sunday Night Football, Cleveland Show and Bored to Death.