Sela Ward to Replace Melina Kanakaredes on CSI: NY
We reported just yesterday that actress Melina Kanakaredes was leaving the hit CBS show CSI: NY and today the network had already announced her replacement. CBS just issued a press release stating that actress Sela Ward will be taking Kanakaredes' place on CSI: NY. Here's the full press release below.
Sela Ward will join the cast of CSI: NY as an experienced investigator from Washington, D.C., whose work is driven by her empathy for the victim. Ward will make her first appearance in the season premiere when the show moves to Fridays at 9:00 PM this fall.
"We are delighted to have Sela joining CSI: NY," said Executive Producer Pam Veasey. "With the exciting stories planned for Season 7, she'll be a dynamic addition to the cast and the team."
"I am thrilled to be working with Gary and this terrific group of people," said Ward. "I'm a huge fan."
Ward won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series in 1994 and 2000 for her roles on Sisters and Once and Again, also winning a Golden Globe for the latter role in 2001. Her other television credits include a recurring role on House, and the telefilms Suburban Madness and Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story. Her film credits include The Guardian, The Day After Tomorrow and The Fugitive.
CSI: NY also stars Gary Sinise, Carmine Giovinazzo, Eddie Cahill, Anna Belknap, Hill Harper, A.J. Buckley and Robert Joy.
The show is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Productions. The executive producers are Jerry Bruckheimer, Anthony E. Zuiker, Jonathan Littman, Carol Mendelsohn, Ann Donahue and Pam Veasey.