Some sad news for loyal ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’ fans. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Paul Guilfoyle, aka one of the last remaining original stars of the series, is exiting the forensic drama in May.
For 14 years, Guilfoyle has played Captain Jim Brass, but now the character will be written out of the show come this season finale (May 7).
Reportedly, sources are confirming that producer’s decided to end Brass’ storyline. Sources also report that Guilfoyle found out last week he would not be returning to the procedural. During Friday’s final day of production, the actor made an “emotional farewell speech” on set.
"Paul made Capt. Brass a standout character," CSI exec-producers Carol Mendelsohn and Don McGill said in a statement to THR. "He is not just an original cast member, he is an original. In a show about forensics, fans always looked forward to the handcuffs coming out, and Capt. Brass putting his spin on the crime of the week, just as Paul Guilfoyle put his indelible stamp on the character and the show. He will be missed."
This farewell isn’t stopping the hit series and CBS from developing another spin-off, which has yet to receive a title. Well, today, TVLine exclusively reported that ‘Ally McBeal’s Gil Bellows would star in the planted spin-off episode, which will air during this season of ‘CSI.’
Bellows will play Mr. Berman, “a wealthy and powerful casino mogul with many secrets. He becomes the prime suspect when his wife is murdered.”
To be clear, Bellows will only guest star and is not attached to the spin-off, which stars Patricia Arquette as Avery Ryan, the Special Agent in Charge at the Cyber Crime Division of the FBI in Quantico, Va.