From Boston Bartender to Las Vegas coroner? To borrow from Roger’s recent drinks recipe, evidently Sam Malone hasn’t seen too much Death in the Afternoon:

One month after Laurence Fishburne’s exit, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” has found an Emmy-winning replacement to lead the team.

CBS confirmed on Tuesday (July 12) night that Ted Danson has signed on as a series regular for the upcoming 12th season of “CSI,” joining the show for its shift from Thursday to Wednesday nights.

Danson will play a new CSI Supervisor who takes on the Las Vegas grave shift after running the crime lab in Portland. CBS says “He comes to the team as they are still grappling with the professional and personal fallout from last season’s take-down of serial killer, Nate Haskell.”

It was announced last month that Fishburne was leaving “CSI” after two-and-a-half seasons to concentrate on his feature career.

As one would expect, the “CSI” creative team is pleased with their new hire.

“You can create a new character on the page, but until the perfect actor comes along and breathes life into it, it’s just words,” states executive producer Carol Mendelsohn. “We’re very excited Ted Danson came along.”

It’s a good thing Danson let his hair go gray, because otherwise, he could really resemble Ted McGinley with this latest role.

On the other hand, if the CSI team needs to call in a psychiatrist from time to time, I know just the man for the job