Csi: Crime Scene Investigation star Paul Guilfoyle is set to leave the crime drama after 14 years. The actor, who plays Captain Jim Brass, joined the show as a main castmember when it debuted in 2000.
He has since appeared in all 14 seasons, making him one of the last two remaining original stars alongside George Eads.
A statement from producers Carol Mendelsohn and Don McGill reads, "Paul made Capt. Brass a standout character. He is not just an original cast member, he is an original.
"In a show about forensics, fans always looked forward to the handcuffs coming out, and Capt. Brass putting his spin on the crime of the week, just as Paul Guilfoyle put his indelible stamp on the character and the show. He will be missed."
Guilfoyle will bow out in the season 14 finale, which will air in the U.S. in May (14).
Kiss frontman Gene Simmons is set to make a cameo on top TV drama Csi: Crime Scene Investigation. The Love Gun hitmaker will play himself on an episode of the crime show in March (14).
A joint statement from CSI executive producers Don McGill and Carol Mendelsohn, reads, "We're really excited to have Gene Simmons guest starring on CSI, playing himself in a rock-and-roll themed murder mystery."
This isn't the first foray into TV for the 64 year old - he has previously appeared as himself on Castle and Ugly Betty.
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School is hard enough as it is, but what’s really annoying is seeing people who never even stepped into a campus get graduate degrees. Many stars receive honorary degrees, but Jack White may have topped them all by recently being named the honorary Dean at Fermatta Music Academy. Forget getting a Bachelor’s, Master’s, doctorate, and spending years on the faculty of a university playing ping-pong politics with academic bureaucrats – Jack White is from the White Stripes, so requirements are obviously irrelevant.
Here are some other stars that got to go to their own graduate-level convocations, even though they never went to class.
Oprah Ok, Oprah getting an honorary degree isn’t too difficult to validate because...well, Oprah. Oprah received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Harvard in May 2013. Before that, she received a Doctor of Humane Letters degree Duke in 2009 and a Fine Arts degree from Princeton in 2002.
Alexander Skarsgard In 2011, Alexander Skarsgard got an honorary doctorate degree in the arts from Leeds Metropolitan University. It would’ve made more sense if it was an honorary doctorate degree in looking-smoking-hot-while-being-a-naked-Viking-vampire, but it was nice of him to accept what he ended up with.
Ben Affleck The man who will always be known as one-half of the original “Bennifer,” no matter how many Oscars he wins, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from Brown University in 2013. Affleck’s words of wisdom to the graduating class? “Now I surpass Matt Damon!”
Jack Nicholson Another Brown University not-really-alumnus is Jack Nicholson. The film veteran received a Doctor of Fine Arts degree in 2011. Were all the Doctor of Fine Badassery degrees taken?
William Shatner In 2011, the one and only William Shatner asked Scotty to beam him up to Montreal, where he was awarded with an honorary doctorate degree from McGill University, his alma mater. Really, Shatner should’ve been giving McGill an honorary degree for being able to contain that awesomeness that is The Shat.
Jon Bon Jovi Does JBJ look like someone you could talk to about Sophoclean tragedies, Heidegger’s concept of earth, or Kant’s doctrines of Right and Virtue? Monmouth University sure thinks so. The rocker was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humanities from the University in 2001. Living on a prayer must really pay off.
Meryl Streep Along with her collection of acting awards, Meryl Streep also has a collection of Ivy League honorary degrees. Streep has a Doctor of Fine Arts from Yale, a Doctor of Fine Arts from Princeton, and a Doctor of Arts from Harvard. In this case, Streep literally Meryl-Streep-ed her way into the universities’ hearts.
Kermit the Frog Yes, you read that right. Fame is so important in our society that you don’t even have to be real to get an honorary degree that doesn't even exist (how's that for meta?). Mr. Frog received his Doctorate of Amphibious Letters from New York’s Southampton College. And yes, he also gave a speech.
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Marg Helgenberger is set for a return to hit forensics drama Csi: Crime Scene Investigation for the show's 300th episode. The actress quit the show in 2011, but her character Catherine Willows wasn't killed off and she expressed an interest in returning to the series for one-off episodes.
Helgenberger will return to help Ted Danson and the current cast solve a case that seems more than similar to one her character investigated at the beginning of the CSI run 14 years ago, according to TVLine.com.
Executive producer Don McGill says, "We will flash back 14 years to seminal moments that show Catherine, Nick (George Eads), Sara (Jorja Fox), Greg (Eric Szmanda) and Ecklie (Marc Vann) as they were, (and how that) informed the evolution of the characters now. It's going to be a really fun episode, very emotional."
The new season of CSI premieres in America on 25 September (13).
The Matrix actor's contract on the series expired at the end of season 11 earlier this year (11), two years after he was cast to replace series regular William Petersen.
TV bosses have now appointed Danson as the show's chief investigator in a bid to boost ratings, and executive producer Don McGill knew the former Cheers star was perfect for the show as soon as his name was brought up.
He says, "From the moment we all started talking about the role, it was clear he couldn't be more perfect. Intelligence, wit, warmth, depth of character and emotion, he brings it all. And now he'll have to bring latex gloves, too."
Danson will begin filming on CSI in September (11).
Filmed four years ago Slow Burn’s uses shades of The Usual Suspects a film it tries way too hard to emulate and ends up being convoluted and often confusing. Ray Liotta plays Ford Cole an ambitious District Attorney of an unnamed American metropolis who is having an affair with Nora Timmer (Jolene Blalock) his bi-racial assistant D.A. When she kills a man (Mekhi Phifer) she claims raped her the matter turns out to be anything but open-and-shut much to Cole’s personal and political chagrin. It turns out that Nora and the dead man were also having an affair. Is Nora the woman that Cole thinks she is? Hmm maybe not. Then there’s Luther Pinks (LL Cool J) who claims to be a friend of Isaac’s and whose version of the story is very different than Nora’s. The beleaguered Cole must ascertain who’s telling the truth and who’s not. He obviously hasn’t seen enough movies like this one because it’s a forgone conclusion that most everyone’s lying. Despite its many flaws Slow Burn is made watchable thanks to its cast most of whom transcend the tricky material. Like Michael Douglas Liotta (also the film’s co-executive producer) is one of those actors we love to watch losing it. He has ample opportunity to do so here. If you can buy Blalock as a femme fatale then it isn’t much of a stretch to believe that her character is bi-racial. She’s simply not that strong an actress to pull off the constant sleight-of-hand the character demands. LL Cool J who seems to be making a career out of movies that spend most of their time on the shelf (Mindhunters and Edison Force anyone?) plays it cool which is about all his role affords. Taye Diggs pops up briefly as a prison informant while Chiwetel Ejiofor plays a magazine reporter dogging Cole’s campaign. There are nice bits by Guy Torry as Cole’s right-hand man on the police force who’s (understandably) baffled throughout and by veteran Joe Grifasi as a desk sergeant with too much time on his hands. Best of all is the ever-reliable Bruce McGill as the chief of police and no fan of Cole’s. It’s the sort of hard-boiled role that McGill (also recently seen in The Lookout) can--and has--played with ease many times before but McGill plays it with scene-stealing aplomb. As first-timer director/screenwriter Wayne Beach lobs twists and turns left and right with Slow Burn but he isn’t able to maintain consistency or a semblance of credibility. To Beach’s credit there are some intense moments and a couple of sardonic laughs in Slow Burn. It isn’t nearly as bad as its lengthy stint on the shelf might indicate but it’s nothing special either. Beach’s previous screenwriting credits include the Wesley Snipes vehicles Murder at 1600 and The Art of War neither of which were particularly distinguished but passed the time relatively painlessly anyway. Add Slow Burn to the list. There’s nice cinematography from two-time Oscar nominee Wally Pfister (Batman Begins The Prestige– both of which he made after this film). It is appropriately gritty and stylish in the proper film noir tradition. So Slow Burn does have a few things going for it save for the Friday the 13th release date. As if it weren’t jinxed enough already.