Tonight marks the end of Marg Helgenberger’s twelve-year run as Catherine Willows on CSI. The cast has changed before, with the loss of Gil Grissom (William Petersen) and Warrick Brown (Gary Dourdan) and the addition of new team members, but it’s arguable that Catherine has been the center of the cast since the beginning, even when Gil was the leader, and that this change will make a more fundamental difference than any other.
So, will you be watching? I don’t watch any of the spin-off versions, neither Miami nor New York, but I’ve followed the original since the beginning. I wasn’t sure about Ted Danson, but I’ve come to appreciate him. Still, I am not at all sure I’ll continue to watch without Catherine. The new character they are bringing on will be played by Elizabeth Shue, who’s a fine actress, so I will give it a shot, but I have my doubts.
What about you? Will you be watching? Do you think you’ll stick around after Marg Helgenberger is gone?