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OTRC: Ted Danson to replace Laurence Fishburne on 'CSI'

Ted Danson appears in a still from 'Bored to Death.' (HBO / Paul Schiraldi)

Ted Danson will replace Laurence Fishburne on CBS' long-running drama series "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," when it returns in the fall, the network announced on Tuesday.

The 63-year-old actor will play 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," CSI executive producer Carol Mendelsohn said in a press release. "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," Executive Producer Don McGill said. "Intelligence, wit, warmth, depth of character and emotion, he brings it all. And now he'll have to bring latex gloves, too."

Danson will remain a series regular on the HBO comedy series, "Bored to Death." The actor recently appeared on "Damages" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm." He is best known for his role as Sam Malone on "Cheers." He has also appeared in films like "3 Men and a Baby," "Saving Private Ryan" and "Gulliver's Travels."

Danson will next appear opposite Drew Barrymore and John Krasinsky in "Everybody Loves Whales," which is slated for release in January 2012. The actor recently published his first book, "Oceana: Our Endangered Oceans and What We Do to Save Them."

In June, it was announced that Laurence Fishburne would not reprise his role as Robert Langston on "CSI." The actor's spokesperson confirmed to OnTheRedcarpet.com on Wednesday, June 8, that Fishburne, 49, "chose not to return" to the series.

Fishburne joined "CSI" in mid-season in 2009, after series star, William Petersen, left his role as Gil Grissom in December 2009. The actor, who is likely best known for his role in "The Matrix" franchise, had been on the show for two seasons.

Marg Helgenberger, who has played crime-scene investigator supervisor Catherine Willows on the show for 11 seasons, is expected to return next season in a reduced role, according to Entertainment Weekly.

The show wrapped up its 11th season on May 12 and the 12th season is slated to premiere on Wednesday, September 21.

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