As most CSI: NY fans know by now, Melina Kanakaredes is out and Sela Ward is in as the new female lead on this CBS drama.
But just how will Detective Stella Bonasera be written out of the show? Says producer Zachary Reiter:
"We’re giving her a noble exit. We chose not to go the route of killing her off or having her go missing. We felt that would weigh too heavily on the team.”
Adds showrunner Pam Veasey, speaking to Entertainment Weekly, viewers will discover in the show’s September 24 premiere that Stella has left for New Orleans.
“She left to run a lab there,” Veasey said. “And she picked that city because it’s the city of Katrina, the city of BP oil, the city where people are looking for someone to lend a hand. She’ll essentially be Mac in New Orleans. We wanted to do something that was respectful and made a lot of sense.”
Look for the first episode back to pick up several months after the events in May's finale.