Melina Kanakaredes is departing CBS’ “CSI: NY” and won’t be a part of the show’s upcoming seventh season.
Kanakaredes has starred on “CSI: NY” for all six seasons of the show; with her contract up, it’s understood that the actress wanted to take a break and spend more time with her family.
“We hoped Melina would return to ‘CSI: NY’ for another season, but we respect her decision to move on,” CBS and CBS TV Studios said in a joint statement. “Her amazing talent and invaluable contribution to the success of the series are greatly appreciated and will not be forgotten.”
Costs could have also been an issue, as “CSI: NY” is moving to Friday nights this fall, and the pressure to trim the show’s budget is likely high. Insiders, however, say that the decision was indeed Kanakaredes’.
Kanakaredes’ announcement comes as “CSI: NY” preps to resume production July 28. Eye plans to replace Kanakaredes with another female lead.
Kanakaredes played Det. Stella Bonasera opposite Gary Sinise.
“I made some amazing and lifelong friendships during my six seasons on ‘CSI: NY,'” she said.
Thesp’s credits include the NBC drama “Providence,” as well as the features “Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief,” “Into the Fire,” “15 Minutes”and “Dangerous Beauty.”
CBS TV Studios and Jerry Bruckheimer TV are behind “CSI: NY,” which is exec produced by Bruckheimer, Anthony Zuiker, Jonathan Littman, Pam Veasey, Carol Mendelsohn and Ann Donahue.