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OTRC: Elisabeth Shue to replace Marg Helgenberger on 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation'

Marg Helgenberger in a scene from 'CSI.' / Elisabeth Shue appears in a promotional photo from 'CSI.' (CBS)

Elisabeth Shue has signed on to replace Marg Helgenberger on "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," CBS announced in a statement on November 18.

According to the release, Shue will join the cast as a new crime scene investigator, fresh from an anger management course and rumored to have been fired by D.B. Russell (Ted Danson) when they worked together in Seattle.

Helgenberger, who has played crime-scene investigator supervisor Catherine Willows on "CSI" for 11 seasons, is set to leave the series in January.

"While it's difficult to say goodbye to a beloved character like Catherine Willows, it's exciting to start a journey with a new CSI, especially when that character is played by Elisabeth Shue," executive producer Carol Mendelsohn said in the press release. "The new CSI also struggles with 'brutal honesty issues' and suffers no fools."

"Elisabeth's character will share a past, in another crime lab, with Ted Danson's character (D.B. Russell)," executive producer Don McGill added. "The first time things didn't go so well between the two of them. Maybe the second time's the charm, or not."

Shue is best known for her Academy Award nominated role in "Leaving Las Vegas." She has also appeared in films like "Adventures in Babysitting," "Deconstructing Harry," "Mysterious Skin," "Hollow Man," "Piranha," "Janie Jones," "The Karate Kid" and "Back to the Future" Part II and Part III.

Shue also appeared in TV series like "Call to Glory" and guest starred on "Dream On" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm."

Shue will next appear opposite Jennifer Lawrence in "House at the End of the Street," which is slated for release in April 2012. The actress is currently filming "Of Men and Mavericks," opposite Gerard Butler.

In July, it was reported that original cast member Jorja Fox was returning to the show as a series regular in the fall to reprise her role as Sara Sidle.

Fox had been a regular on the show for the first seven seasons of the series before leaving at the beginning of season 8. She returned to the series periodically for guest appearances since then.

Ted Danson signed on to the long-running drama series to replace Laurence Fishburne, who left the series in June.

The 63-year-old actor took on the role of a new CSI Supervisor for the graveyard shift at Portland's crime lab on the show, which is the most-watched TV series in the world.

"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," Mendelsohn said in a press release at the time. "We're very excited Ted Danson came along."

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