Re­view­ers like CSI cast moves

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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.

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