Sela Ward Confirmed as CSI: NY Regular

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It's official: Melina Kanakaredes is out as the lead female detective on CSI: NY - and Sela Ward is in.

Kanakaredes herself confirmed the exit yesterday, while series producers are now speaking out on her replacement. Ward will debut on the show's sevent season premiere and portray an experienced investigator from D.C.

“We are delighted to have Sela joining CSI: NY,” producer Pam Veasey said in a statement. “With the exciting stories planned for Season 7, she’ll be a dynamic addition to the cast and the team.”

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Added Ward, an Emmy winner who recently recurred on House as Stacy Warner: “I am thrilled to be working with Gary [Sinise] and this terrific group of people. I’m a huge fan.”

CSI: NY moves to Fridays this fall.

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    I REALLY LIKE SELA WARD SHE IS A TRUE PRO IN EVER PART SHE PLAYS. I REALLY THOUGHT CSINY IS A GREAT SHOW WITH GARY EDDIE ROBERT ADAM AND MONTANA. I FELT THE BEST THING CBS DID WAS GET RID OF MELINA AND BRING IN AN ACTRESS WHO CLICKED WITH GARY AND THAT WAS SELA WHO PLAYS HER PART AS A CSI AND I THINK SHE HAS A GREAT CHEMISTRY WITH ADAM MONTANA SID AND ESPICIALLY GARY. SO IF SEASON 8 OF CSINY IS THE LAST SEASON THE SEASON7 AND 8 WERE THE BEST BECAUSE GARY AND SELA MADE A GREAT TEAM.

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    i think sela is more beautiful then melina and sela and gary have a great tv chemistry.I also feel that season7 was he bes on csiny with a cast you saw more off and adam didnt have to sleep with meina again.

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    dear victoria
    i think melina and gary didnt have great chemistry on csiny after season 2 because that is when melina took over csiny by going behind mac's way and doing her own thing. I FEEL that Gary was the star of the show and melina just a pretty women who couldnt even write a good script for the show. melina left not only for the money but because her looks weren't getting melina anywhere.

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    this show got worse after season 2 and theat is when stella turned into a sexy cop in tight shirts tons of makeup and skin tight dresses.Then the great news when melina decide to leave csiny after 6 years.Now that sela ward has replaced melina we can watch Gary be the boss and sela and the rest of the cast do their jobs on the show instead of the whoe show being about melina. In season 7 it was the best because Gary and Sela could work together without Mac getting into trouble with the cheif of police. I feel that this cast will make season8 better without melina being on csiny any more.

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    i think that the only melina did for csiny was to show off her breasts in the tight shirts and to be didnt look like a real csi cop. Now she didn't make Gary look good because gary mad melina look good because she kept getting in trouble on the show by dis obeying Mac''''''''s orders. I think if it wasnt for melina gary may have been fired for melina ignoring an order gary gave her.

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    I REALLY LOVED SEASON7 AND SEASON8 ONCSINY MAINY BECAUSE OF THE GREAT ACTRESS SELA WARD AND GARY SINESE.I ALSO AM GLAD THA WE SEE MORE OF THE WHOLE CAST AND A LOT LESS OF MELINA. I THINK GARY AND SELA MAKE A GREAT TEAM. I ALSO LOVE THAT ANNE AN SELA ARE THE 2 BEST FEMALE CSI'S BECAUSE WHEN MELINA WAS ON THE SHOW MELINA HOGGED THE STAGE. I ALSO FEEL THAT MELINA SHOULHAve left years AGO SO WE COULD SEE MORE OF GARY SINESE AND LESS OF MELINA IN HER TIGH OUTFITS. ALL I CAN SAY THE CAST OF 7 AND 8 IS FANTASTIC AND THAT CSINY WILL END WITH A BANG WITH GARY SINESE AS THE BOSS AND THE BES CSINY CAST ON TV

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    Well said Ariana... even my 5-year old daughter realized Melina's beauty!

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    I love all the CSI's and I am sorry to see Selina leave from
    CSINY she will be missed.Unfortunately for her, the new girl
    has a hard act to follow. I wish them both good luck/.

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    Realmente melisa junto con gari y la relacion que existia entre Mac Y Stella eran lo mejor del programa. Para mi csi ya no existe. Ellos y su gran quimica eran mi mayor aliciente en la serie. Ahora ya no me importa lo que ocurra con CSI.

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    Seriously, Victoria?
    Seriously?
    Have you ever even watched the show? Because if you had, then there is absolutely no way you would be saying that. First of all, Melina is beautiful, and an amazing actress. Her chemistry with Gary Sinise adds something amazing to an already amazing show. As for the show having poor ratings? It doesn't. Not from the people who actually care about the characters, which obviously you don't. And don't even start with Danny and Lindsay. I absolutely LOVE Danny, and he and Lindsay are great together.
    And Sela Ward? Well, there is no way that she will be able to make the show better. It makes no sense for them to randomly get someone to fill Stella's place. I agree with Gennieb. they should have promoted Danny. He deserves it.
    And in absolutely no way whatsoever will Stella being gone make the show better. She has been with them the entire time, helping them through difficult times, and adding some extra humour. Now that will be gone. And in its place: Sela Ward.




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