CSI: NY Casting Shake-Up: Melina Kanakaredes Out, Sela Ward In?

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There's been another casting shake-up on a CBS procedural - though this one is unlikely to incur the sort of wrath aimed at Criminal Minds for jettisoning AJ Cook last month.

Entertainment Weekly confirms that Melina Kanakaredes is out of CSI: NY. Sources say the actress was asked to take a pay cut, declined and has already filmed her final scenes on the show.

“We hoped Melina would return to CSI: NY for another season, but we respect her decision to move on,” said CBS in a statement. “Her amazing talent and invaluable contribution to the success of the series are greatly appreciated and will not be forgotten. She will forever remain a friend to the network and studio and we wish her the very best.”

As Stella Bonasera

Kanakaredes released her own brief statement, which read: “I made some amazing and lifelong friendships during my six seasons on CSI: NY, and I will treasure them forever.”

All indications point to Sela Ward coming on board the drama in light of this development. A solid replacement, but we'll still miss Kanakaredes. Will you?

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    I think it was a mistake to ask Melina to take a pay cut. Right now I just don't see Ward as able to take her place. It looks as if the producers are trying to end CSI: NY and not keep it on the air. What a shame. I could be wrong. It just seems that way by the footage I have seen with Ward. I'm not saying she is bad. I am just saying Melina fits the part.

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    thats so sad,she was one of my favorite ppl on csi:ny,but im also happy for her.

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    Hell yes I'll miss her. I've been a fan of Melina's since I was a kid, and Stella Bonasera's been my favourite CSI:NY character right from the beginning. I don't know if I can keep watching the show without her - I'll try, but I dropped the other two CSI shows years ago. NY's the only one I still follow.

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    Anyway, love Sela ward so for me it's a good news

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    anyway, love Sela Ward, so for me it's a good news