But the news that Eads’ character, Detective Nick Stokes, will be leaving the show is yet another in a revolving door of detectives and field scientists that have populated the super fancy Las Vegas crime lab for the last decade and a half.Eads hasn’t always had a smooth relationship with his employers at CBS: In 2013, he took a brief leave from the show after having a heated argument with a writer about the direction of his character.
After the departures of original cast members William Petersen, Gary Dourdan, Marg Helgenberger, and Paul Guilfoyle over the past six seasons, Eads and Eric Szmanda were left as the only cast members who’d been with the show since its debut in 2000.Co-showrunner Carol Mendelsohn, who’s also been on board since the beginning of the series, announced earlier this year that she’s also leaving at the end of the season.Neither Eads nor CBS has issued official comment on the report, but TV Guide says the character’s departure will be related to the ongoing investigation into the Gig Harbor Killer, leaving fans of Nick Stokes to worry that the poor scientist-detective will end up mutilated so badly, even the crack criminalists of Las Vegas won’t be able to identify him.The guy already survived Quentin Tarantino trying to bury him alive: are they really going to let him suffer the indignity of being finished off by a killer named for a body of water in Washington that isn’t the Green River?but he will remain an executive producer on the potential series.) Described as a re-imagining of the television series of the same name, the reboot follows a 20-something Mac Gyver as he gets recruited into a clandestine organization where he uses his knack for solving problems in unconventional ways to help prevent disasters from happening.Eads, who is the first person cast in the pilot, will take on the role of Lincoln, a man who could easily be written off as an eccentric conspiracy theorist, but he's a legit government employee with a great capability for compassion.
The casting brings Eads back to CBS, where he spent 15 seasons starring as Nick Stokes.
(The actor, who took a leave of absence in 2013, did not return for September's two-hour series finale.) Eads is repped by APA.
Paul Downs Colaizzo (CBS pilot ) will pen the script and exec produce the CBS Television Studios drama alongside Michael Clear, Henry Winkler, Lee Zlotoff and Wan.
Fifteen years of pretending to analyze improbable splatters of bodily fluids probably takes its toll on an actor’s soul.
And thus the sad news that the longest-tenured cast member of the original CSI, George Eads, will not be returning to the show after this season.
There’s been no confirmation that the warhorse of crime procedurals will be picked up for another season, and CBS has already cut the order for this season down to 18 episodes.