'CSI:' welcomes back a familiar face this fall

CBS's crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is officially welcoming back actress Jorja Fox full-time this fall.

The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that the actress, who appeared during the show's first seven seasons, then departed early in its eighth, will be a full-time regular for the program's upcoming 12th season.

Fox's character, Sara Sidle, is the wife of Gil Grissom, the series' original main lead character.  That character was played by William Petersen from the first episode.

Their marriage was never seen on camera, but in Season 10, during a return to the Las Vegas crime lab, the character revealed that she and Grissom were married and had been living in Paris where he has been conducting a seminar.

When Petersen left that role 10 episodes into the show's ninth season, he was replaced by Laurence Fishburne. After two full seasons, Fishburne decided not to return this fall, and Ted Danson was recently announced as a replacement.

There's no word, yet, on whether Fox's return to the series might be a sign that Petersen will be back, but that is a development longtime fans of the show continue to hope for.

The new season begins Wednesday, September 21 at 10:00pm.

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