Welcome to CSI Mr. Fishburne

Academy Award nominee Laurence Fishburne will be joining the tv series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

CBS’s ‘CSI’ Lands Big Name for New Role
Laurence Fishburne to Join Popular Crime Investigation Drama

By Lisa deMoraes
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, August 18, 2008

CBS has hired Laurence Fishburne to join the cast of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” where he will sorta, kinda take William Petersen’s place.

Fishburne will play a former pathologist who is working as a college lecturer, teaching a course in “criminalistics,” who comes into contact with the CSI team and winds up joining the Las Vegas Crime Lab as a Level-1 CSI, CBS explained today.

“His focus is on understanding criminal behavior and how and why people commit acts of violence — tendencies he disturbingly sees within himself,” CBS added.

CBS programming chief Nina Tassler told TV critics in July, without naming Fishburne, that the new character would be a scientist/outsider type who has the same genetic profile as a serial killer.

You can read the entire article here.

Well this is good news. I was pissed when they killed off the character Warrick Brown played by Gary Dourdan. Thank goodness CBS had the decency to hire a real actor and not some rapper. Hiring rappers for acting gigs seem to be the rage in Hollywood.

4 responses

  1. You know I hate to see William Petersen leave the show because he’s such a quirky character. However, I think Laurence Fishburn will be an excellent replacement. Apocalypse Now, Boyz n the Hood, What’s Love Got to Do with It?, Searching for Bobby Fischer, Just Cause, The Tuskegee Airment, Othello, Miss Evers’ Boys, The Matrix, Mystic River, Akeelah and the Bee, Mission Impossible III, 21. How can you beat credits like that?

  2. Congrats to Mr. Fishburne, one of my favorite actors.

    Not to steer off on a tangent, but that ‘rappers aren’t actors’ meme is such a horrific fallacy. What do you think a music video is, anyway?

  3. Welcome To “CSI”, Mr. Fishburne…

    Talking Stuff, a black moderate blog, writes about Laurence Fishburne joining the television series “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”: “You can read the entire article here. Well this is good news. I was pissed when they killed of[f] the character Wa…

  4. That is good news. When I found out Peterson was leaving I was concerned that the show would drop-off. Cast members seem to be leaving frequently and I felt like he was the glue still holding it together. Maybe LF can be that glue…

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