Ted Danson joins CBS’ CSI

I did not see this one coming:

Multiple Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner Ted Danson will join the cast of CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION, in a series regular role, on the CBS Television Network.  His character will debut in the season premiere onWednesday, September 21 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT).

Danson will play the new CSI Supervisor for the grave shift after heading the crime lab in Portland.  He comes to the team as they are still grappling with the professional and personal fallout from last season’s take-down of serial killer, Nate Haskell.

“You can create a new character on the page, but until the perfect actor comes along and breathes life into it, it’s just words,” said Executive Producer Carol Mendelsohn.  “We’re very excited Ted Danson came along.”

“From the moment we all started talking about the role, it was clear he couldn’t be more perfect,” said Executive Producer Don McGill.  “Intelligence, wit, warmth, depth of character and emotion, he brings it all.  And now he’ll have to bring latex gloves, too.”

While this may seem like an odd choice, Danson did a hell of a good job on DAMAGES. With that show, he proved he has the chops to deliver a strong dramatic performance. Fans of HBO’s BORED TO DEATH need not worry, Ted will still be a regular there.  I may just have to check in on Sept 12 to see how things go.