Posted by Shane Saunders , October 25, 2006
Tony Award-winning actor Liev Schreiber will appear on CSI in a
re-appearing role, according to CBS PRESS.
Schreiber, whose performance will mark
his first in an television series, will be replacing William Petersen (Gil Grissom) for a brief
hiatus coming early next year. Petersen will be onstage in a play called "A Dublin Carol."
"After meeting the people
who run CSI, it immediately becomes apparent why it has consistently been one of the top shows on television. I am a fan, how could I say no?" Schreiber said in a press release. Carol Mendelsohn,
excecutive producer and showrunner continued by saying "I'm a huge Liev Schreiber fan. On stage or in film,
I think he's one of the finest actors of his generation. We first sat down with Liev earlier this summer to discuss the possibility
of him appearing as a recurring character on CSI. We knew it was a long shot,
he really doesn't do television. But he was patient and I think amused, as we
promised that we'd create a character for him that he couldn't refuse to play. Excitingly
for us, he collaborated in this process. And we've got a wonderful, complex character
as a result. Everyone at CSI -- writers, cast, crew -- is honored to have him
on the show and is looking forward to working with him."
for Schreiber's performance later this season.