For TV shows that run as long as CSI it’s expected that characters will leave the series at some point. Law & Order is a perfect example of this. However, there are rare instances when an actor or actress exits a show only to return later. Usually it’s because they realized the would-be breakout movie career they were aspiring for fell flat.
The latest comeback is by Jorja Fox who played (and will play again) Sara Sidle on the original CSI series. Producer Carol Mendelsohn stated Fox’s original five-episode run has been extended indefinately. She went onto say:
“We will be seeing a lot more of Jorja,” says Mendelsohn. “The season is about bringing the [CSI] family back together again, so [this] was just a natural. Jorja has been the glue that has really helped to reform the bond of our team.”
“Glue”? Really? It’s been awhile since I’ve watched CSI but I never got the impression Sara was the person holding everyone together. Nevertheless, Sara’s coming back for a lot longer then anyone thought. Hey, a girl has to eat.
Unfortunately, as much as Mendelsohn wants to tote the “bringing the family back together” line it’s not as complete as it sounds. While Fox will return no plans have been mentioned of her on-screen husband Gil Grissom, played by William Petersen, reprising his role. There’s hope however given that Petersen is still a producer on the show so he’s not too far removed.
The other person I can’t see returning anytime soon would be Gary Dourdan who played Warrick Brown. Dourdan was arrested for a plethora of drugs back in April 2008. Mind you, I suppose they could bring him back as drug dealer, but who wants art to imitate life that much?
CSI airs Thursdays on CBS.