The addition of veteran actress Sela Ward to the cast of CSI: New York is something fresh for the actress—and hopefully a jolt of new life for the series.
As CSI Files previously reported, Ward is joining the cast as former FBI agent Jo Danville. The character joins the New York Crime Lab after Stella Bonasera (Melina Kanakaredes) leaves to run her own crime lab in New Orleans, Louisiana. Being a part of the CSI franchise is a different experience for Ward. “It’s going to be a whole new world,” the actress told Entertainment Weekly. “On Sisters, I was always in the kitchen, saying things like ‘Could you pass the cookies, Georgie?’ Now I’m going to be doing this and…oh my. I’m just stepping into a room I’ve never been in.”
Although Ward is taking Kanakaredes’ place in the cast, executive producer Pam Veasey was adamant that the actress (and the character she plays) is not simply a replacement. “We wanted to make this a unique character for Sela,” Veasey explained. “It was all so unexpected but invigorating. She’ll help revitalize and jump-start our show. We get to reintroduce it and maybe attract new audiences, now that it’s on Friday.”