Petersen cops more ‘CSI’ duty

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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