DANSON FINDS SOME LIGHT RELIEF
AFTER four seasons playing DB Russell on CSI, Ted Danson was forced to say goodbye to the role during last year’s two-hour finale. But Danson has now joined spin-off CSI: Cyber – even though it’s unlikely to be a permanent posting.
The techno-crime series, starring Oscar-winner Patricia Arquette and James Van Der Beek, is now in its second season – with Russell replacing FBI assistant deputy director Simon Sifter (Peter MacNicol) who was “promoted” out of the division sometime between seasons.
The director of Next Gen Forensics, Russell combines old-school scientific skills with fancy new tech to help solve crimes – a very different approach to Avery Ryan (Arquette) who focuses on the psychological aspects of computer crime.
Russell’s looking for a fresh start after his divorce, and the death of his “soulmate” Julie Finlay.
For Danson, who famously became the highest paid actor on television during 11 seasons of Cheers, joining
CSI: Cyber gave him the chance to find a little more levity.
“CSI: Cyber is a bit lighter because you’re not in an autopsy room,” explains the two-time Emmy winner. “You’re not doing bodies, human bodies, and that did have a slight impact. So you know, you couldn’t do jokes standing over a, you know, corpse.”
His character too is also enjoying a bit of a break from the grim work of the original CSI lab.
“He’s left this ‘I can’t take anymore, dead bodies’ kind of part of his life,” he says. “His son has moved, Jules died, and that was kind of his emotional work-wife kind of relationship. So it feels like he’s taking a deep break and going, ‘I need to move on, I need to be a little uplifted’.”