CSI Guide Newshttp://www.csiguide.com/news.aspx CSI, CSI: Miami and CSI: NY News from CSI Guide en-usSunday, 21 December 2014 12:00:00NewsGary Sinise on life after "CSI: NY" http://www.csiguide.com/news.aspx?csi=338Gary Sinise knew his time on 'CSI: NY' wouldn't last forever. The actor, who portrayed Detective Mac Taylor on the CBS crime series from 2004-2013, said he had a good run on the show, but with the series ending this year, he's pursuing another one of his passions. <br> <br/>'As somebody who was looking ahead to a time when I might not have a television series and my daily schedule would be affected by that, I wanted to make sure I had something in place,' Sinise told CBSNews.com. <br/><br> <br/>That's why -- two years ago on June 30, 2011 -- the 58-year-old actor started The Gary Sinise Foundation, an organization that develops programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen and build veteran, military and first-responder communities. <br/><br> <br/>'We're trying to keep the veteran community strong and know that they're appreciated,' said Sinise. <br/><br> <br/>Sinise had deep-seeded roots with military men and women that only grew stronger when he portrayed the Oscar-nominated role of Lt. Dan Taylor in 'Forrest Gump.' Next year will mark 20 years since the movie starring Tom Hanks hit the big screen. <br/><br> <br/>'It's a little hard to believe that it was so long ago because that movie is constantly on television. People are constantly telling me they watched it last night, or they saw it again...It seems like quite a classic that just lives on,' said the Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor. 'And certainly I realized very, very early on what I was doing for our veterans -- that the character of Lt. Dan was kind of bigger than just a funny character in a movie. The character represents something to our military community, and certainly to our wounded warriors, as a story of resilience as someone who goes through a catastrophic injury but comes up on top in the end. He's standing up again. He's moving on with his life...It's a really good story and I just realized quite some time ago, when I started working so passionately with so many veteran organizations, that they embraced that character. It was something that meant something to them and it was something that I was going to have to get used to.' <br/><br> <br/>Sinise simply didn't just 'get used to' the Lt. Dan moniker and association; he's really made a name for himself in the veteran and military communities. After 9/11, he worked closely with the New York City Fire Department. He then called the USO and 'begged them' to send him on a tour. Soon after that, in 2003, Sinise found himself in Iraq, Italy and Germany, visiting hospitals and military bases. He signed autographs, took pictures and offered words of encouragement. <br/><br> <br/>But Sinise didn't stop there. After seeing musicians such as Kid Rock perform for military members, Sinise decided he wanted to do that, too. 'I had musicians I'd play with for fun. I play bass. And I convinced the USO to let me take them on a tour,' said Sinise. His first stop? Korea in 2004. 'I called it the Lt. Dan Band because all the troops were calling me that all the time. So I kind of went with it,' said Sinise. <br/><br> <br/>Now Sinise and his band perform between 40 and 50 concerts a year. 'I don't make a cent from it,' Sinise said. 'Any money that the band happens to make -- and it's not that much -- goes into a fund and helps support the charitable work that the band does.' <br/><br> <br/>He kept up the military work throughout his stint on 'CSI: NY,' and during that time he also poured his efforts into creating his own foundation. 'It became clear 2 or 3 years ago having been involved with so many military charities through the years...what was in the cards for me was to start my own military support foundation,' said Sinise. <br/><br> <br/>Among his group's initiatives is one that builds 'Smart Homes' for seriously wounded veterans. <br/> <br> <br/>'If you're missing three or four limbs, you have special challenges going forward. And the last thing you want is to not be independent in your home,' said Sinise. 'So many 2013-07-02CSI GuideWilliam Petersen actor confirms future CSI movie http://www.csiguide.com/news.aspx?csi=336<P class=first>CSI star William Petersen, best known for playing Gil Grissom in the hit US drama series, has confirmed a film based on the show will be made<STRONG>.</STRONG> <P>Petersen, an executive producer on CSI, says he understands fans are "a little trepidatious" about a movie version. </P> <br/><P>But speaking to the Radio Times, he said: "It's about finding the right story, there has got to be a real reason to do it." </P> <br/><P>Petersen's character has left the series but may return next year. </P><!-- E SF --> <br/><P>"I can understand people are a little trepidatious because of the franchise around the world and how well it's doing," he said. </P> <br/><P>"Usually people leave it till a series has finished - they did that with The X-Files and Sex And The City. But it's about finding the right story. </P> <br/><P>"There has got to be a real reason to do it. You don't just do it because you want to make money; you do it because there's a story that can't be told on TV and needs to be told from CSI's perspective and the audience wants it. </P> <br/><P>"And we can't wait for CSI to end or Grissom will be about 90." </P> <br/><P>CSI is based on a team of Las Vegas forensic scientists who investigate mysterious and unusual deaths. </P> <br/><P>In the ninth series Petersen left and was replaced by Matrix star Laurence Fishburne as Dr Raymond Langston. </P>2009-04-21CSI GuideMarg Helgenberger files for divorce http://www.csiguide.com/news.aspx?csi=335<P>Marg Helgenberger has filed for divorce from her husband, fellow actor and Screen Actors Guild President Alan Rosenberg.</P> <P>She filed her petition Tuesday in Los Angeles, citing irreconcilable differences.</P> <br/><P>The couple got married in 1989 and have a son together.</P> <br/><P>The 50-year-old Helgenberger plays Catherine Willows on CBS' highly rated drama, "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation." She won a best supporting actress Emmy in 1990 for the series "China Beach."</P> <br/><P>The 58-year-old Rosenberg was a regular on the TV series "LA Law" and "The Guardian," and received an Emmy nomination for a guest role on "ER." He is the current president of SAG, which remains embroiled in contract negotiations with Hollywood producers over a new contract for actors.</P>2009-03-26CSI GuideCBS brings CSI and Star Trek to iPhone via new TV App http://www.csiguide.com/news.aspx?csi=333<P>TV Station CBS brings prime time TV series to your iPhone with their new iPhone App TV.com reports the NY Times. CBS' video site TV.com can now be used with the iPhone and you can for free watch shows and series like the original Star Trek, CSI, 90210 or the Late Show with David Letterman. <BR><BR>CBS also prevents non-US viewers to watch their content like NBC does on Hulu.com. At some point they will learn that there is money to be made also outside of the US. Yesterday we already reported about NexPlayer for the iPhone that allows users to stream Live TV to the iPhone. Koreans have a DMB TV antenna in their phones, Americans get their mobile TV through WiFi and 3G. <BR><BR>The CBS TV.com iPhone App is available now in iTunes. </P>2009-02-27CSI GuideSet phasers to autopsy: CSI and Battlestar Galactica attempt a mind meld http://www.csiguide.com/news.aspx?csi=334<P>From <A href="http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com/entertainment_tv/2009/02/csi-battlestar-galactica.html">Chicago Tribune</A><BR>David Weddle and Bradley Thompson, who wrote the Feb. 27 episode of "Battlestar Galactica" as well as many other episodes of the Sci Fi show, shared some fun news about the episode of "CSI" they're filming at the moment (both men now write for the CBS show). <P>With "CSI" executive producer Naren Shankar, Weddle and Thompson penned "A Space Oddity," the April 16 episode of "CSI." It concerns a murder at a sci-fi convention, and frequent "Battlestar" director Michael Nankin is helming it. But the sci-fi connections don't stop there. </P> <br/><P>Kate Vernon, who plays Ellen Tigh on "Battlestar," will appear in the episode. Ron Moore, executive producer of "Battlestar," will also make a brief appearance, and Weddle promises "other surprise cameos for sci-fi fans."</P> <br/><P>Shankar, Moore, Weddle and Thompson all have long experience in the world of genre TV. Among the credits on their various resumes: "Farscape," "Roswell," "The Outer Limits" and "The Twilight Zone." They all wrote for "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" (which is my favorite "Trek" series), and Shankar and Moore also worked on various other "Trek" projects, including "Star Trek: The Next Generation." </P> <br/><P>So is it too much to hope for a Leonard Nimoy cameo? Or for Laurence Fishburne to say, "Live long and prosper?"</P>2009-02-27CSI GuideWilliam Petersen to be honoured on the Hollywood Walk of Fame http://www.csiguide.com/news.aspx?csi=332<P>At 11:30am on Febraury 3rd 2009, William Petersen is set to become the 2,379th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.</P> <P>Leron Gubler, President and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce will unveil the star in front of the historic Musso &amp; Frank at 6667 Hollywood Boulevard.</P>2009-01-29CSI GuideTV Guide Interviews Melinda Clarke http://www.csiguide.com/news.aspx?csi=331<P>From <A href="http://www.tvguide.com/News/CSI-Lady-Heather-35368.aspx">TV Guide</A>: Since sultry dominatrix Lady Heather first appeared on CSI in 2001, she's been no stranger to peril. She's seen her employees and daughter murdered, and nearly got herself killed by a customer living out his morbid fantasies. Each time, Grissom (William Petersen) has come to her rescue, raising viewers" hopes that the unlikely pair — whose chemistry is strong enough to spark a brush fire — will finally stop dancing around each other and pull out the whips. But when Melinda Clarke returns on November 6, their roles are reversed. Get ready for Heather to save Grissom. </P> <P>"She's in a good place now where she"s made some changes in her life," Clarke says. "And we won't necessarily see Lady Heather as a dominatrix anymore." </P> <br/><P>Murders involving S&amp;M bring Grissom back to Heather. "I think he's probably at one of the lowest points in his life — personally and professionally," Clarke says. "He comes to Lady Heather to ask for her help on a case, but she questions whether he"s here for the case or because of himself. She's helping with this murder, but she says, "You don"t need me for this. Why are you really here?"</P> <br/><P>For Clarke, who'll appear in a three-episode story arc on Eli Stone starting December 9, exploring the relationship between Heather and Grissom for the past seven years has been a dream come true. "Heather, to me, is that woman who's so evolved and so cool in her own skin — she's the female version of him." </P> <br/><P>But Petersen"s departure from the show later this season may put an end to her regular appearances, at least for now. "It doesn't quite seem right to have Lady Heather there without Grissom," Clarke says. "I think they belong together because they balance each other and it"s fulfilling for the audience and frustrating at the same time. This is an interesting episode because it's all about what's not said. They are true friends, but maybe he's looking for something more from her." </P> <br/><P>For executive producer Carol Mendelsohn, the Heather-Grissom chemistry has been fascinating to explore. "Lady Heather's knowledge of human behavior has always been an interesting complement to Grissom's encyclopedic knowledge of forensic science," she says. "The two characters feel at ease with each other and share an intimate respect for one another. In a different world — one without Sara Sidle in it — Lady Heather and Grissom might end up together." </P> <br/><P>So what about Sara (Jorja Fox)? Clarke hesitates to imply that her episode will answer any questions about who will walk into the sunset with Grissom. "Sara and Heather are still very much a part of his life and [the episode] is going to be very moving for the audience in so many ways," she says. "It's definitely an intimate episode." </P> <br/><P>Does she think the CSI and the dominatrix ultimately belong together? "From my point of view, sure. Why not? Lady Heather's not going anywhere." Clarke pauses. "It's just a matter of what Grissom"s compelled to do." — Carita Rizzo </P>2008-11-06CSI GuideCSI: New York Reaches Milestone with 100th Episode http://www.csiguide.com/news.aspx?csi=330On November 1, the production of CSI: New York gathered at Los Angeles’ Edison club to celebrate the series’ 100th episode. In fact, Gary Sinise, Melina Kanakaredes, Eddie Cahill, Carmine Giovinazzo and Anna Belknap were all on hand to celebrate the milestone, which fans will get to see on November 19, when it airs on CBS. <BR><BR>"We've been on the air for a long time, and people still like us," producer Jerry Bruckheimer told Entertainment Tonight. "That's a good thing." "A hundred episodes is a milestone in any television series," Gary Sinise, who first appeared on television with CSI: New York, said. "So I'm glad we made it here. We're looking forward to a hundred more."<BR><BR>See the full story at <A href="http://www.buddytv.com/articles/csi-ny/csi-new-york-reaches-milestone-24213.aspx">BuddyTV</A>2008-11-05CSI GuideCSI helps CBS to ratings win http://www.csiguide.com/news.aspx?csi=329The return of “CSI” on Thursday lifted CBS over its competitors. According to Nielsen’s estimates, 23 million viewers tuned in to its ninth-season premiere, the largest audience for a prime-time program this fall. <BR><BR>CBS’s “Survivor: Gabon” led the 8 p.m. time slot with 13.3 million viewers, while, at 10, CBS’s new show “Eleventh Hour” tied for first with the debut of ABC’s “Life on Mars,” both drawing 11.6 million. The new ABC show fared better among adults 18 to 49, finishing just behind NBC’s “ER” in that demographic, though “ER” earned just 9.3 million total viewers. ABC ranked second for the night with “Ugly Betty” (8.5 million) and “Grey’s Anatomy” (14.5 million). NBC was third with the debut of its new comedy “Kath &amp; Kim” at 8:30 (7.5 million) and its “Saturday Night Live” prime-time special at 9:30 (10.6 million).2008-10-10CSI GuideMegalyn Echikunwoke to join CSI:Miami as series regular http://www.csiguide.com/news.aspx?csi=328<P>LOS ANGELES, Aug. 26 - Megalyn Echikunwoke joins the cast of CSI: MIAMI as a series regular starring as the new medical examiner, Dr. Tara Price.&nbsp; The seventh season of CSI: MIAMI premieres <U>Monday, Sept. 22</U> (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.&nbsp; CSI: MIAMI also stars David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez, Jonathan Togo, Rex Linn, Eva La Rue and Evan Ellingson.<BR><BR>"Megalyn Echikunwoke is an exciting addition to CSI: MIAMI," says Ann Donahue,&nbsp;one of the series' executive producers.&nbsp; "She brings savvy and humor to her role of Dr. Tara Price, a young medical examiner whose methods are on the cutting edge of technology."</P> <P>Echikunwoke was most recently seen in the series "The 4400."&nbsp; Her additional television credits include "That '70s Show," "24," "Veronica Mars," "ER," "Supernatural," "Boston Public" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." </P>2008-08-26CSI Guide