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'CSI's' William Petersen Returns to TV in WGN's 'Manhattan'
William Petersen is plotting his TV return.
The CSI: Crime Scene Investigation star has joined the cast of WGN America's Manhattan as a series regular, the network announced Thursday.
The actor, who departed the CBS procedural during season nine, will play Col. Emmett Darrow, the enigmatic new ranking military officer at Los Alamos. A deeply religious and patriotic man, Darrow feels called by God to usher in the atomic future, and to spread American values across the globe.
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Manhattan marks Petersen's return to the small screen following his 10-season Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated run as Gil Grissom on CSI.
Produced by Lionsgate, Skydance and Tribune Studios, the second season of Manhattan — starring John Benjamin Hickey and Olivia Williams — begins production in April for a 2015 debut.
Petersen, who remains an exec producer on CSI, is repped by CAA and Ziffren Brittenham.