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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’.”

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