CBS hopes wardrobe fix will restore "CSI" ratings

Mon Aug 3, 2009 6:05pm EDT
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By James Hibberd

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - New "CSI" star Laurence Fishburne is getting a makeover after ratings for the veteran crime drama fell sharply upon his arrival last season.

Fishburne wore glasses and suits during his introductory season, when he took over for departing lead William Petersen.

"You're going to see Fishburne more settled in his role: a more leadership capacity," CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler told reporters on Monday, noting that the network spent a lot of time canvassing producers and fans.

"He's had a little bit of a wardrobe makeover. Our research said they wanted to see him more comfortable in his clothes."

Additionally, the Nick Stokes character played by George Eads will be promoted at the Las Vegas crime lab, while "CSI" favorite Jorja Fox will reprise her role as Sara Sidle for the first five episodes. Fox was last seen in a cameo in Petersen's final episode in January. Fox originally exited the show in November 2007.

The 10th season of "CSI" begins on September 24.

(Editing by dean.goodman at Reuters)

<p>Laurence Fishburne arrives to attend the Creative Coalition Awards Gala honoring individuals for their commitment to champion social welfare issues in New York December 18, 2006. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>