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CSI Newcomer Elisabeth Shue Spills on Joining the Show

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Elisabeth Shue is ready to get to work.

As you may have heard, the Leaving Las Vegas Oscar nominee is succeeding Marg Helgenberger later this season on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

Shue tells me she's been pitched—and turned down—many television projects in the past, but...

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The chance to analyze corpses and bullet casings came along at the perfect time.

"For many years, I decided not to do television because I have three children, but now my youngest is finally old enough to be in kindergarten," Shue exclusively told me this week at the Children's Defense Fund-California's Beat the Odds Awards at the Beverly Hills Hotel. "So I'm not feeling that kind of tug of not being with her as much."

And she couldn't have hoped for a better costar than Ted Danson.

"What's so nice about the show is it still has that classic procedural tone to it, but he brings a kind of lightness to it," Shue said. "I just thought it would be fun to play opposite him and give it a try for a little while and see what it's like."

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She starts shooting next month.

"I have to learn how to analyze blood splatter," Shue said laughing. "I've started to study a little bit. I'm also going to spend time with CSI agents, ride around with them in their cars and do autopsies."

Knock 'em dead, Ms. Shue!

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