By Tim Kenneally
LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - CBS's "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" has been renewed for a 14th season, with series star Ted Danson's contract being extended for the series.
Cast members Elisabeth Shue, George Eads, Jorja Fox, Eric Szmanda, Paul Guilfoyle, Robert David Hall, Wallace Langham, Elisabeth Harnois, David Berman and Jon Wellner have also signed back on for the show's return in the 2013-2014 season.
CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler touted the "creative and commercial legacy" of the crime drama in the renewal announcement, saying that the show's staff had done "an amazing job evolving" the series.
"'CSI' is synonymous with CBS, and we are so proud of the series' creative and commercial legacy and its continued success on our Network," Tassler said. "The writers and producers have done an amazing job evolving 'CSI,' reinventing the show around an incredible leading man in Ted Danson, the acclaimed Elisabeth Shue and our beloved and talented core of original cast members."
The series, which is produced by CBS Television Studios and Entertainment AB Funding LLC in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television, has been a reliable ratings hit for the network. In its current 13th season, "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" has won its Wednesdays at 10 p.m. time period, averaging a 2.9 rating in the key 18-49 demographic and 11.9 million total viewers. It's also proven to be a global hit, scoring the International TV Audience Award for "most watched show in the world" three years running.
Jerry Bruckheimer, Carol Mendelsohn, Anthony Zuiker, Don McGill, Jonathan Littman, Louis Milito, Ann Donahue, Cindy Chvatal and William Petersen serve as executive producers on the series.