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It's too bad they can't bring back Grissom on "CSI"

June 8, 2011 - Andrea Johnson
Laurence Fishburne is apparently leaving "CSI." I wonder if there's any chance they can persuade William Petersen to come back and play Gil Grissom.

At one time I was a big "CSI" fan but the show seemed to lose a lot of its oomph when it lost Grissom a few years back. I watched a few of the Grissom-less episodes with Fishburne as Dr. Raymond Langston, but he wasn't enough to make "CSI" appointment TV.

I stopped watching "CSI" altogether when FOX scheduled "Bones" in the same time slot on Thursday nights and "Bones" became the show I chose to watch when I was home and felt like watching TV on a Thursday.

CBS is moving "CSI" to Wednesday at 9 p.m. this fall, which might lure some people back to the show. It will be going up against NBC's aging legal drama "Law and Order:SVU" (absent main star Christopher Meloni as Det. Elliot Spender) and a new show on ABC called "Revenge" that sounds pretty soapy. Given a choice between the three I'd probably pick "CSI," though I'll probably end up watching none of the three most nights.

Like "CSI," I think "Law and Order: SVU" ran out of creative juice a long time ago and should probably have been canceled a few years back. The two shows had a lot in common, both with strong ensemble casts and focusing on the ickier aspects of crime. But sometimes an actor really does make a show and for "Law and Order:SVU" it was the pairing of Meloni's Stabler and Mariska Hargitay's Olivia Benson as SVU detectives.

On CSI, Petersen's Grissom was the center of the show and without him the other actors couldn't draw the same level of interest. Ratings have suffered, but both shows still draw more viewers than other shows. It's too bad that the networks are too greedy to let the shows end with some dignity.

Summer viewing

Meanwhile, it is summer and there isn't much to speak of on TV. Last night I half watched the talentless people and rude English judge Piers Morgan on "America's Got Talent." I find the rude English judge far more entertaining than anyone up on the stage. Somehow rudeness is funnier with an English accent. I wonder whether TV viewers in the UK would have a similar reaction to a talent show judge with an American accent.

I also discovered that my Hulu Plus subscription enables me to watch fourth season episodes of the cable show "Psych," a lighter than air, zany buddy comedy/mystery series that requires little thought or emotional involvement to enjoy. It's too bad that broadcast TV doesn't have a few more shows like "Psych" and a few less like "SVU" and "CSI" in the coming season.


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