Actor sign deal for one more year with show

William Petersen is staying on the “CSI” beat for one more season.

Star of the CBS signature crime drama has inked a rich new one-year deal with CBS Par Network TV that will keep him attached to the series through the 2008-09 season. His current pact expires at the end of May.

Thesp is one of the highest-paid actors working in television, with an annual salary that amounts to roughly $600,000 per episode.

Petersen won’t appear in every seg of “CSI” next year, however. Deal gives the actor the flexibility to take time off to appear in non-TV projects, and he’s already booked a play for the fall.

CBS Par declined to comment on the specifics of Petersen’s deal.

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