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Ted Danson Cheers His New “CSI” Gig

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Actor Ted Danson speaks during the 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation' panel during the CBS portion of the 2011 Summer TCA Tour held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 3, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Actor Ted Danson speaks during the ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’ panel during the CBS portion of the 2011 Summer TCA Tour held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 3, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

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BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (CBS4) — Things are moving so fast for Ted Danson now that he’s been hired as the new supervisor on “CSI.” He says his “jaw is kind of hanging down still a little bit from the newness of all of this.”

Danson said just a few weeks ago he was “staring at the ocean in Martha’s Vineyard kind of humming” to himself and, within a week he went to his first autopsy, real one, in Las Vegas.

Danson plays the new supervisor for the Las Vegas CSI team. He steps into the position most recently filled by Laurence Fishburne, who had been on the long-running CBS drama since its 2008-09 season.

His character is described as a family man whose life is in balance.

Danson first found TV stardom nearly 30 years ago playing Boston bar owner Sam Malone on “Cheers.” While he has had a variety of roles since then, he said he had never played a crime-buster before. But even now, he said, “They still won’t give me a gun.”

“CSI” will begin its 12th season on September 21st on CBS.

(© Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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