12:47pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'CSI's' Eric Szmanda Signs New Deal to Return to CBS Drama (Exclusive)
CBS' CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is locking up its original cast members for Season 13.
Eric Szmanda, whose character Greg Sanders has been with the CBS procedural since the series launched in 2000, has inked a new deal with CBS Television Studios to return to the long-running series, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.
Szmanda joins fellow cast members Jorja Fox and George Eads who both re-upped with the studio to return for CSI's upcoming 13th season.
Following a tumultuous season that saw the series uprooted from its longtime Thursday time slot to Wednesdays, the billion-dollar franchise saw Ted Danson take over for Laurence Fishburne at the beginning of the season, later being joined by Elisabeth Shue, who replaced Marg Helgenberger.
Peri Gilpin made her debut as the wife to Danson's D.B. Russell during May's Season 12 finale, which was up a tenth of a point week-over-week with a 2.4 rating in the key adults 18-49 demographic.