Petersen Leaving Las Vegas?
February 3, 2005
marks a big night on "CSI," but the real mystery
is going on behind the scenes. Could America's top investigator
be leaving TV's most popular crime unit? We've done
our own investigation, and we've got answers.
You may have noticed there's been a lot less of William
Petersen this season. At times the veteran actor has
been an outspoken critic of CBS, and its two spin-offs,
"CSI: NY" and "CSI: Miami," are
fueling speculation that he could be leaving Las Vegas.
"It's a big television, you know, it has an amazing
audience," Petersen said of "CSI."
And that audience averages 25 million viewers a week,
making "CSI" the number one dramatic series
on the tube -- a ratings powerhouse -- but is that power
shifting? Petersen's co-star, Marg Helgenberger, recently
told "Extra" about her promotion on the show,
which puts her in charge of her own unit and on par
with William's character. "I feel like I really
scored, Gary and George on my team," Helgenberger
But despite all the clues, "Extra" has uncovered
the mystery of the missing Petersen. America's top crime
investigator was been forced to cut back because of
health issues in his real life.
But rest assured, "CSI's" chief is back at
full strength starting Thursday night, and he's there
to stay. In fact, in a report published just today,
Petersen said, "I'm not going anywhere unless they
want me to go."