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CSI - Season 8

Jorja Fox's tenure as Sara Sidle on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation was filled with ups and downs, but why exactly did she leave in season 8 only to return in season 11? Fox first joined the show in only its second-ever episode and remained as part of the cast for all of its 15-season run. Sidle was one of the talented forensic scientists in the Las Vegas Crime Scene Investigation team, as well as the on-again-off-again love interest of the show's original lead, Gil Grissom (William Petersen).

CSI - Season 8


Halfway through CSI's initial run, though, Fox briefly left the show, only to return a few seasons later. After rumors of her impending departure were followed by a cliff-hanger ending to season 7, she returned for just a few episodes of season 8 before leaving the role. Her character was reduced to a recurring guest star for the remainder of season 8 - and seasons 9 and 10 - only for Fox to return in a starring role from season 11 until the show ended in 2015.

Fox's departure - and eventual return - was just one of many shifts in CSI's cast over its 15-season run. Other cast members - including Gary Dourdan's Warrick - exited CSI for various reasons midway through the show, and CSI practically had a revolving door of stars. However, Sara's departure is unique in that she never really left, instead only reducing her role temporarily before coming back. The star had her reasons for leaving, though, which she made clear at the time.

Fox wasn't the only star to return to CSI after leaving, but she was the only to leave that returned in such a major way. She has never spoken openly about the exact reasons for her return, but her explanation for leaving in order to pursue other opportunities might go some way towards explaining her season 11 comeback.

Fox's pre-CSI career was promising - with guest roles on major shows such as The West Wing and ER, Jorja Fox was on an upward trajectory. However, after her joining CSI in 2000, it all but stalled, even during her break from the show. With it reported that Fox was earning six figures a week during season 7 of CSI, to follow that up with a few years of only bit parts would likely have stung. Fox did try her hand at producing musicals, but, ultimately, her relationship with CSI was - much like Sara and Gil's - inescapable.

In "Out of Time" (S08E01), Jesse Cardoza (Eddie Cibrian) uses Horatio's Beretta Cougar in a recreation of a shooting during a flashback to 1997. (Horatio carried a Beretta Cougar in the early seasons of CSI: Miami.)

Any serial killer is someone better avoided, but the ones in "CSI" seem to take it to another level. Even still, there are several that seem to be just a bit worse than the rest. The worst serial killer in Season 8 has a storyline, motive, and style that are so elaborate that they span multiple episodes and even multiple seasons.

Season 8 of "CSI" wastes no time getting right to the most twisted and horrifying serial killer of the season. In the season premiere episode, "Dead Doll," Sara Sidle (Jorja Fox) is missing after having been kidnapped by Natalie Davis (Jessica Ann Collins), also known as "the Miniature Killer." Natalie kidnaps Sara at the end of Season 7 because of her deranged vendetta against Gil Grissom (William Petersen), who at this point has an established romantic relationship with Sara.

Intricate murders, spectacular reconnaissance and strong emotions - CSI Las Vegas also offers nerve-racking excitement and many surprises in the eighth season. Once again, Las Vegas' tracing agents have a lot of complicated reconnaissance work to do. The team's clever boss, Gil Grissom (William Petersen), doesn't always have an easy time coordinating the different characters of his staff. Experienced and attentive trace recovery expert Catherine Willows (Marg Helgenberger), the attractive analyst Warrick Brown (Gary Dourdan), who is very angry in the new episodes, the ambitious charmeure Nick Stokes (George Eads) and GregSanders (Eric Szmanda), as well as the dedicated and Grissom-loving Sara Sidle (Jorja Fox) - they are all highly tense. The solution to the riddle of the "model killer" could become a deadly trap for Sara ... In addition, surprisingly soon the question arises whether there is actually a murderer in the own ranks ... and will two of them really leave the team during this season?Episodes:01 Dead dolls?02 Stockfinster03 Devil's favorites04 The Carp Horror Picture Show05 Ronnie Lake in the Studio of Death06 Mordlust07 Too much past for the future08 CSI: The players on track09 vermin10 More bugs11 bulls come expensive12 Inferno, Furgatory ... Paradise?13 thousand days of life14 Alliance with evil15 Vulcans in Vegas?16 Who is the star in the snake's nest?17 Dead is only who will be forgottenThis text is machine translated.

Shortly after its premiere on October 6th, 2000, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation became one of the most ubiquitous TV shows of the early 21st century. The popular series had 15 seasons on CBS, spawned several spin-off series, and played a major part in fueling our society's only growing fascination with true and fictional crime stories. Suffice to say, the broadcast TV show has had a major legacy in our collective pop culture in the new millennium. But everything needs to wind down at some point, and the series met its end in 2015. Likewise, not everyone from the cast stayed on-board throughout CSI's 15-year stint. The show's ensemble rotated in regular fashion. There were only a select handful who stayed until the finale.

From the very beginning, William Petersen was one of the main characters at the forefront of CSI. In the role of Dr. Gil Grissom, he stayed on the show for nine seasons between 2000 and 2010, but the actor decided to leave the program at the start of the decade. Petersen opted to leave CSI in order to pursue more stage acting opportunities. While the actor enjoyed the experience, he felt fortunate for the chance to pursue other projects. In the time that Petersen exited the show, he has stayed on-board as an executive producer and made a return in a 2011 episode, plus the series finale.

Marg Helgenberger was another series regular from the very beginning in the role of Catherine Willows. Additionally, Helgenberger's departure from CSI mirrors William Petersen's exit. She came on-board in 2000 and she stayed involved for 12 seasons. In 2012, however, she revealed that she was leaving the program to explore other opportunities away from the show. While she did make a brief cameo in season 14, Helgenberger was away until the series finale, where she returned alongside Petersen. During her time, she was one of the highest paid CSI stars.

As Warrick Brown, Gary Dourdan was similarly on CSI from the beginning. And similar to William Petersen, he left the series in season nine. Unlike his co-stars, however, Dourdan didn't return to the show later down the road. That's because his character died during the season nine premiere. As it was reported back in 2008, it came down to contract negotiations. The parties involved reportedly couldn't meet a resolution, and it was announced that Dourdan would leave the show. He has bounced back-and-forth between movies and TV since he left the popular show for good.

In the role of Nick Stokes, George Eads has remained a familiar face on CSI throughout its long-standing run on television. And he stayed on the show for a good while too. Specifically, he was involved until the 15th season, which makes him on the very few actors who stayed on CSI throughout many seasons on television. That's certainly no small feat. He had plans to leave the series in 2014 alongside Elisabeth Shue, likely in an effort to explore different projects. There were also reports that Eads had a nasty dispute with a writer, which likely soured him from the experience of returning to the famous CBS series. In any case, it didn't make a difference since the show wasn't renewed for a follow-up season. Despite his long tenure on the program, George Eads wasn't in the series finale, the feature-length "Immortality," with William Petersen replacing him.

Likewise, Paul Guilfoyle, who played Jim Brass, kept a long stay on CSI. The actor was involved in the first season, and he stayed on-board until Season 14, though the producers reportedly decided not to bring him on for the show's 15th and final season. As THR reported, it was the producers decision to not let him participate in the show's ultimately final season, and there are reports that the actor made an emotional farewell speech on his final day of production. But it wasn't goodbye for good, evidently. Specifically, Paul Guilfoyle returned to reprise his famous role in "Immortality." After CSI came to a close in 2015, Paul Guilfoyle still stayed connected to CBS. The TV actor currently plays a role in CBS' All Access' The Good Fight.

While Eric Szmanda was more recurring than main during his first two seasons on CSI as Greg Sanders, the actor became a regular face throughout the show's weaving tenure. He officially became a main player during the show's third season, and that's what he remained until the show's final days.

Likewise, Robert David Hall was only recurring throughout the first two seasons of the immensely popular CSI, but he was bumped up into the main cast around season three in the role of Al Robbins, and the TV actor remained one of the main players on the program until it came to a close in 2015.

It took a good while for David Berman's David Phillips to get the main cast treatment. He was a recurring character from season one until season nine, but the commitment to the popular show paid off. He became a main player during season 10; that is what he ended up being until CSI's series finale.

Wallace Langham didn't start playing the part of David Hodges until well after Season 3 of CSI was underway. Nevertheless, the actor became a permanent fixture on the show. He was a recurring character until season seven. Starting in Season 8, he was a main player until the show's finale. 041b061a72


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