CSI: Vegas is seeing another big return for its second season. Marg Helgenberger is returning to the CSI franchise as Catherine Willows, a role she played for 12 seasons (and one guest shot) on the original CSI.
A forensics procedural drama, CSI: Vegas also stars Paula Newsome, Matt Lauria, Mandeep Dhillon, Ariana Guerra, Lex Medlin, and Jay Lee. The story follows a team of crime-scene investigators who work for Las Vegas Police Department. The series was originally billed as a limited series but was renewed for a second season in December.
Per Deadline, Helgenberger said the following about joining CSI: Vegas:
“I wanted to make sure there was a reason Catherine would come back to the job. It’s a tough gig. Why would Catherine, at this age, come back? That was important to me. I had several conversations with [showrunner] Jason Tracey about that. I really want to get it right and we did.
I feel the respect toward me, I’m so grateful. It’s been a hell of a lot of fun working with everybody. The set is vastly different than the original set. I’m still discovering new rooms, in fact. Of course I miss some of the old gang but I got over that pretty quickly because everybody has been so welcoming and gracious.”
Helgenberger has signed a one-year deal for the sequel series, just as William Petersen and Jorja Fox did for the first season. Both of them had the option to return for season two but opted not to come back.
What do you think? Are you excited to see Helgenberger in season two of CSI: Vegas?