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Old August 19 2008, 03:28 AM   #1
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Laurence Fishburne joins CSI cast

Stage and screen star Laurence Fishburne's last turn as a series regular on network television was the role of Cowboy Curtis on the 1980s kids show Pee-wee's Playhouse.
So the acclaimed actor - better known for playing dark, brooding characters - says he looks forward to his new TV gig as a forensics investigator with disturbing tendencies on the hit CBS detective drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
Not that he had ever seen the series before his first meeting with the show's executive producers, Carol Mendelsohn and Naren Shankar.
"I felt a little stupid and embarrassed that I hadn't watched the show prior to having a meeting with them," Fishburne, 47, acknowledged in a conference call with reporters for the announcement that he is joining the show's cast.
"But I'm happy to say that the episodes that they sent me to look at were really, really engaging and really wonderful, and kind of dark and moody, like a lot of the work that I've actually been involved in," he added. "So I'm very excited."
I look forward to it, although I think the show has jumped the shark already.
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