When Marg Helgenberger left the primary iteration of CSI again in Season 12, she did it as a result of, nicely, she wanted the break. She was the unique feminine lead reverse Billy Petersen. “I performed the function for thus lengthy. It felt prefer it had turn out to be part of my identification,” she instructed reporters Friday throughout CBS’ TCA panel.

So when the CSI: Vegas producers referred to as Helgenberger to hitch the solid in Season 2, it took a minute earlier than she might decide to stepping contained in the yellow tape once more. (She couldn’t be part of the spinoff within the first season as a result of she was busy on All Rise, which in the end went to OWN.)

“I needed to ensure there was a motive Catherine would come again to the job,” defined Helgenberger, who modeled her character after a real-life forensics skilled who stepped away from her job at age 50. “It’s a troublesome gig. Why would Catherine, at this age, come again? That was essential to me. I had a number of conversations with [showrunner] Jason Tracey about that. I actually wish to get it proper and we did.”

Since then, Helgenberger mentioned everybody on the solid, which incorporates Paula Newsome and Matt Lauria, have been “excessively welcoming. I really feel the love.”

Helgenberger signed a one-year deal to hitch the drama. “I really feel the respect towards me, I’m so grateful. It’s been a hell of plenty of enjoyable working with everyone. The set is vastly totally different than the unique set. I’m nonetheless discovering new rooms, actually. Of course I miss a number of the outdated gang however I bought over that fairly shortly as a result of everyone has been so welcoming and gracious.”

CSI: Vegas returns for a second season on September 29. It’s produced by CBS Studios in affiliation with Jerry Bruckheimer Television. Executive producers are Tracey, Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, KristieAnne Reed, Anthony Zuiker, Carol Mendelsohn, Ann Donahue, Craig O’Neill, William Petersen, Uta Briesewitz (preliminary episode solely) and Cindy Chvatal.

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