Sela Ward (Jo Danville) is the newest addition to the CSI: New York cast. She will be introduced in the season seven premiere on Friday, September 24 at 9:00pm ET/PT—but Ward’s connection to New York’s leading man Gary Sinise (Mac Taylor) goes back more than a decade.
Sinise and Ward first met during the 1990s. They were both on the award show circuit at the time—Sinise was nominated for the HBO film Truman, and Ward was also in the TV Movie category for the Lifetime film Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story. “We were bumping into each other at the different events, and I sat next to her at the CableACE Awards,” Sinise told Zap2It. “She won and I won, and when the winners are backstage, they get their picture taken together. There’s a picture online somewhere of us holding up our awards, and that was the last time I saw her until she came to work on our show.”
CBS president and CEO Les Moonves had the original idea to bring Ward on board after Melina Kanakaredes (Stella Bonasera) left New York. “Les is pretty smart, and he had Sela in mind from the get-go as soon as we were looking for somebody new,” Sinise explained. “That’s where we started, and that’s where we ended.”