Ted Danson is a newcomer to "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," but he's not the only one.
Elisabeth Harnois actually was introduced last season as forensic sleuth Morgan Brody in a guest appearance on the long-running CBS drama series. She's back full time now in the show's new Wednesday slot.
Having transferred from Los Angeles, Brody already has experienced her fair share of danger in Las Vegas, especially when a convict hijacked the helicopter in which she was assisting his transport.
"It's nice that I don't have to spend story time and character time getting my footing," Harnois notes. "There's already this respect and trust that I was a really solid and successful CSI in my own right in my own city. When I come to them, it's not, 'What's she all about?' It gets to be more about a relationship between me and my father, which is a much more interesting thing to explore."
That father is Conrad Ecklie (played by Marc Vann), a former CSI chief who is now undersheriff of the Las Vegas police. His relationship with Brody is strained, to say the least.
"In the first draft of the (season premiere) script, it's clear that I'm uncomfortable," Harnois says, speaking as Brody, "but I feel he owes me and I'm not scared to ask him to help me and give me a job. I read it and thought, 'There's no way this is going to stay!'
"It was really too much too fast, and they knew it. But what it served to do was to inform me (about the producers' and writers' plans for the character). It was a gift, in a way, to have had all that information given to me up front. I really knew what their thoughts were and where they were thinking of going."
Favorite movie: "I went to film school and am a movie buff, so there are too many to say. Some of my faves are 'The Searchers,' 'Rear Window,' 'Something Wild,' 'The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,' 'Up,' 'Dead Man,' 'Bunny Lake Is Missing' and 'The 400 Blows.' "
Favorite television show you're not in: "It's hard to say just one. I love 'Game of Thrones,' 'Community,' 'Bored to Death,' 'Boardwalk Empire,' '30 Rock' and '2 Broke Girls.' I'm just starting to watch 'Breaking Bad' and 'American Horror Story,' but I have a feeling they will eventually be on this list."
Favorite singer: "Hands down, the late, great and hauntingly melodic Jeff Buckley. Also Stevie Nicks, the Black Keys and Wilco. Adele is pretty awesome, too. And Dolly Parton will always hold a special place in my heart, for her unique voice and lyrical genius."Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times