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Polished Edge: Ted Danson of ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’ on CBS
Q: What’s your take on the reason for the continuing popularity of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” as it nears the end of its 12th season?
A: I guess what’s so impressive is that it’s the No. 1-watched show in the world, and I think the reason the fan base is so loyal is that (the series’ makers) continue to produce a really great forensic mystery that allows you to help solve the crime. Even though they’ve brought new faces in over the years, they’ve stuck to their guns.
Q: Does it surprise you that the show still comes up with fresh crimes to drive the stories?
A: I suppose it’s a sad commentary on real life, but you can always find a new and different way to do harm to your fellow man. They’re really smart in having three people on staff, two writers and a technical adviser, who are all ex-CSIs. We do take a few liberties -- CSIs don’t interrogate suspects, the police do -- but the science is pretty sound.
Q: You had connections to “CSI” co-star Elisabeth Harnois before you began working together on the series. What exactly were those?
A: My wife, Mary Steenburgen, worked with her on a Christmas film (“One Magic Christmas”) when Elisabeth was 5 years old. It’s quite a cult film, and Elisabeth was fantastic in it. And later, Mary’s daughter Lilly went to Wesleyan University with Elisabeth and then roomed with her in Brooklyn for a while. And now, here we are.
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