Gary Dourdan Leaving CSI?

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From EW.Com

Gary Dourdan, the smoldering African-American actor who plays investigator Warrick Brown on CSI, has decided to leave the eight-year-old drama. According to an insider, the decision was a mutual one made by the actor and CBS/Paramount, the studio that produces the procedural drama for CBS. CBS/Paramount would not confirm the date of Dourdan's last episode, though it will likely occur in the next month since the actor's contract expires this season. The insider says there's a chance Dourdan will reprise his role with occasional guest appearances in coming seasons.

Dourdan's decision to leave the show comes on the heels of Jorja Fox's much ballyhooed departure from the series late last year. The actress told EW then that she would like to return to the series someday, though not in a full-time capacity. Meanwhile, star Billy Petersen just re-upped his CSI deal for one more season, but for a limited amount of episodes so he can do other projects.

Seat42f Take: The CSI casting department has its work cut out over the next few months. They still need to replace Sara ( Jorja Fox ) and while Gary Dourdan was never as important to the series as Catherine ( Marg Helgenberger ) or Grissom ( William Petersen ) his potential departure would still leave a noticeable void in the cast.  Word is  they are already looking to cast a character named Ray Santoro described as a "handsome, smart and athletic" CSI who transfers from Henderson to join the graveyard shift at the Las Vegas crime lab. I suggest they cast a name to help fill the next casting void that will eventually come over the next year or two.

My suggestion – Timothy Olyphant.

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