- - Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Ted Danson to hone detective skills on 'CSI'

It’s a long way from running a bar on “Cheers,” but Ted Danson this fall will join the cast of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” CBS announced late Tuesday.

Mr. Danson will play the new supervisor for the Las Vegas CSI team, the Associated Press reports. It’s the position originally held by William Petersen and then filled by Laurence Fishburne, who had been on the show since its 2008-09 season.

Besides his “CSI” duties, Mr. Danson will remain a regular on the HBO comedy series “Bored to Death,” CBS said.


Mr. Danson, 63, found TV stardom nearly 30 years ago by playing Boston bar owner Sam Malone on “Cheers,” a comedy hit on NBC that ran for 11 seasons.

“CSI” will begin its 12th season with Mr. Danson aboard on Sept. 21.

‘Dancing’s‘ Karina Smirnoff wants Stamos on dance card

Attention, John Stamos: Are you getting the message?

Last year, “Dancing with the Stars” regular Karina Smirnoff told People magazine that the actor, 47, is her dream partner for an upcoming season of “DWTS.”

According to People.com, it looks like she is relaunching the campaign. Asked recently about whom she wants as a dance partner, Miss Smirnoff, 33, was abundantly clear.

“Definitely John Stamos,” she told Hollyscoop. “I think he’s got the looks, he’s got the experience of being onstage, doing Broadway.”

The “ER” and “Full House” star most recently spent some time singing — and dancing — as Dr. Carl on Fox’s “Glee.”

Miss Smirnoff has appeared on nine seasons of “DWTS” and most recently partnered with actor Ralph Macchio.

NBC adds Juliette Lewis to cast of ‘The Firm’

“Natural Born Killers” and “Cape Fear” star Juliette Lewis is joining the cast of NBC’s new legal drama “The Firm,” according to Entertainment Weekly. “The Killing’s” Callum Keith Rennie also will star.

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