As E! News first reported yesterday, Adam Rodriguez may not be returning to CSI: Miami full-time for season eight.
When we caught up with Rodriguez's Miami costar Emily Procter at the CBS/CW/Showtime TCA party on Monday and asked about further romantic developments between her character, Calleigh Duquesne, and Rodriguez's Eric Delko, Emily told us exclusively, "I think my romance is in jeopardy. I think we were in some poor contract negotiations."
What?! What does this mean for the show, the season-eight premiere and the future of Eric Delko? Here's what we're hearing...
Officially, CBS is declining comment on Adam's future on the show, but sources close to the show say, "He'll be back for a limited engagement, but we're not exactly sure in what form Delko will appear." Long story short, it sounds like Delko won't be around full-time for season eight.
When we asked Emily what she could share about the already filmed season-eight premiere, she told us, "It's going to be an interesting year. There are a lot of people back. A lot of people who are back and maybe not permanently. And we're all looking younger."
Younger, huh? Could season eight begin with a flashback?
"Maybe," said Emily. "A flashback that I spent a lot of time going like this, 'Do I look younger in this scene if I clap?' and 'Whee! We solved it! Do I look really young?' In terms of a season opener, this is my favorite. There's some drama." (Is it just us or does it almost sound like Muppet Babies meets Homicide: Life on the Street meets CSI: Miami?)
What about Emily herself? Is she still happy with the show? The star tells us, "It's kind of like a boyfriend that you didn't expect to end up with but you end up going, 'This is amazing.' I had no idea. It's a good group. We laugh a lot. I have to say, we just really get along, which after eight years, is nice. We're happy to see each other after the summer."
Emily Procter and Adam Rodriguez are both original castmembers of the long-running procedural series. CSI: Miami's seventh-season finale ended with the revelation that Calleigh Duquesne may have accidentally shot Eric Delko.
A new season of CSI: Miami premieres Monday, Sept. 21 at 10 p.m. on CBS.
Would you watch CSI: Miami without Adam Rodriguez, and what do you think of these "poor contract negotiations"? And how are you Calleigh-Eric fans feeling right about now?
VIDEO: Jump to the 1:58 mark to see Emily Procter talk about Adam's possible departure on Tuesday's installment of E! News.
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