EW is reporting that Danson will be the drama's leading man for the upcoming 12th season, playing the CSI's grave shift supervisor after transferring from the Portland crime lab.
"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."
After CBS' exhaustive search to find a worthy person to pass the torch to, they actually managed to come up with an intriguing, well-known and likable choice -- and one that we never thought of.
Emmy-winning Danson is no stranger to TV. He's best known for playing Sam Malone on 'Cheers,' the title character on 'Becker,' "himself" on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm,' tough-as-nails businessman Arthur Frobisher on 'Damages' (the role that nabbed him three Emmy nominations) and, most recently, as a pot-smoking magazine editor co-starring with Zach Galafianakis and Jason Schwartzman on HBO's 'Bored to Death,' on which he'll remain a series regular.
EW reports that offers also went out to Tony Shalhoub, Robin Williams and John Lithgow, to name a few, before the studio landed on Danson.
"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."
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