Former ‘Cheers’ barkeep Ted Danson has a new gig.

CBS has announced that this fall, Danson will star in its flagship show, ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.’ He’ll be the forensic team’s newest supervisor, a transplant from Portland, OR, who helps his colleagues come to grips with the professional and personal fallout from last season’s take-down of serial killer Nate Haskell.


Danson replaces veteran screen actor Laurence Fishburne, whose nearly three-year run on the show didn’t produce the ratings studio executives had hoped for.

“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,” said ‘CSI’ Executive Producer Carol Mendelsohn. ”We’re very excited Ted Danson came along.”

Danson’s most recent work includes the Glenn Close drama ‘Damages’ and HBO’s ‘Bored to Death.’


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