Question: Please give me some scoop on CSI!

Answer: William Petersen's month-long sabbatical kicks in on Jan. 4, and exec producer Carol Mendelsohn told my colleague Craig Tomashoff that his absence will cause tension between Gil and Sara, which will become clear in a future episode when Grissom tries to make things right by "sending Sara something." Another plant, perhaps? Pick up the new TV Guide (our first double issue!) for more on Petersen's exit.