I may not watch "CSI" much longer if it's true Gary Dourdan (Warrick Brown) is leaving the show by the end of the season.
That's just depressing! (Read this account from Entertainment Weekly for details.)
What makes me wonder is how the EW story paraphrases an anonymous "insider" who says "the decision was a mutual one." Reading between the lines — and what better way to get some conversation going (hint! hint!) — but that sounds a lot like Hollywood-speak for saying there was some tension between the original cast member and producers or there was a breakdown in contract negotations.
What do you think about this wild speculation? And what's up with EW referring to William Peterson as Billy? Furthermore, what's especially up about Peterson renegotiating "his CSI deal for one more season, but for a limited amount of episodes so he can do other projects"? Who knew Jorja Fox's departure would lead to a virtual landslide of "CSI" cast escapees?
"M*A*S*H*" historically has been the only series to survive and thrive with extensive cast changes. Let's face it: "ER" started to suck after too many cast members left and were replaced and long before Noah Wyle took off. (George Clooney, Anthony Edwards, Eriq Lasalle, Julianna Margulies…) I don't want that to happen to "CSI."
Did you notice all these favorite shows of mine feature initials? But I digress …
The Grissom-less run featuring Liev Schreiber was compelling. The chemistry with Nick (George Eads) and Warrick has been one of the best parts of this show. Nick's great, but his friendship with Warrick makes Nick shine.
Guess I'll start enjoying what's left right now. But without Warrick and Grissom — or very little of Grissom in season nine — there will be a huge void unless the producers choose someone with the right kind of personality and connection with the cast to take over the lab. (Sorry, Catherine, but you don't have what it takes, sweetie.)
Otherwise, "CSI" might have another autopsy on its hands: the show's.