June 8, 2011 at 9:53 AM ET
So long, Dr. Ray!
Just two and a half seasons after Laurence Fishburne stepped in to fill the crime scene shoes of then-departing “CSI” star William Petersen comes the news that the Oscar-nominated actor is leaving the procedural drama.
According to Deadline.com, Fishburne has decided not to renew his contract with the long-running CBS show and is now expected to return to film work full-time.
The move isn’t exactly a shocker. When Fishburne signed on to play Raymond Langston again last year, he did so for only one more season.
"Nobody expected him to be on the show for 7 years,” an insider told Deadline.com. “It's Laurence Fishburne.”
The lack of star power won’t be the only change “CSI” fans can expect when the show returns. After more than a decade in its Thursday night timeslot, the drama moves to Wednesdays in the fall.
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