Reviewers like CSI cast moves
CSI: CRIME Scene Investigation fans rejoice. It looks like the transition from William Petersen to Laurence Fishburne will go smoothly.
The first of a two-part episode which introduces Fishburne went to air in the US earlier this month and the second will air in January. Reviews have been positive.
Fishburne plays Dr Raymond Langston, a criminal pathologist and teacher. Petersen’s Gil Grissom attends one of Langston’s classes as he tracks a murderer.
Variety called it ‘‘a fast-paced hour’’ but puzzled that Grissom ‘‘rather abruptly announces that he’s leaving’’ rather than the scriptwriters providing any trigger for his resignation.
‘‘As for Fishburne, it’s difficult to diagnose how his character’s going to develop,’’ it said.
Entertainment Weekly welcomed ‘‘Langston’s brusque authority’’ saying the character provided lots of ‘‘possibilities for friction with the prickly CSI crew’’.
Petersen announced he was leaving CSI in July after eight years on the show. He will remain as executive producer.
‘‘I’m in a great place in terms of knowing that I’ll be more free to make choices,’’ he said at the time.
The move, coupled with the exits of Jorja Fox and Gary Dourdan last season, was seen as a big test for CSI, which still averages about 17 million viewers an episode in the US.
The episodes will air in Australia on Channel 9 in 2009.