Elisabeth Shue joins ‘CSI’

Actress replaces Marg Helgenberger

Elisabeth Shue is taking a lead role in the cast of “CSI.”

The veteran actress is stepping in for longtime lead actress Marg Helgenberger, who exited the CBS drama in January. She will make her debut in the Feb. 15 episode.

“While it’s difficult to say goodbye to a beloved character like Catherine Willows, it’s exciting to start a journey with a new CSI, especially when that character is played by Elisabeth Shue,” said executive producer Carol Mendelsohn.

Shue is the biggest addition to the cast since Ted Danson took over the lead role from Laurence Fishburne, who himself was a replacement for the original lead, William Petersen.

Shue’s character will have a history with Danson’s, D.B. Russell, who fired her when she worked for him in Seattle.

In its new Wednesday 10 p.m. time slot, “CSI” is holding up well averaging 11.2 million total viewers and a 2.7 ratings among adults 18-49 through the first seven weeks of the season.

Shue earned an Oscar nomination for “Leaving Las Vegas,” and has starred in other films including “The Karate Kid” and “Adventures in Babysitting.”