Laurence Fishburne makes CSI debut tonight

New Rochelle resident Laurence Fishburne will make his debut on the smash hit show CSI, tonight on CBS at 9 p.m.

The actor most famous for his role as Morpheus in the Matrix (but to me, he’s most famous as Cowboy Curtis on Pee-Wee’s Playohuse) will now have the lead role on the show. I can’t say that I watch CSI regularly, but I’m definitely tuning in tonight to see how Fishburne does. Check out a preview clip below:

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Confirmed: Laurence Fishburne joins ‘CSI’ cast

The rumor is now true. New Rochelle’s Laurence Fishburne will be joining the cast of the original “CSI” in the upcoming season’s ninth episode.


Despite Aman Ali’s reservations about “having Morpheus on the show,” I think my fellow Suburbarazzo is focusing on the wrong Fishburne character. What the CBS melodrama could use is a little more levity, a little more of a stereotypical Western edge, a little more guitar playing without concern for making the chords look legit.

Yes, I’m talking about channeling his Cowboy Curtis character from “Pee-wee’s Playhouse.”

What better way to convey a “doctor/scientist outsider to the CSI unit who has the same genetic profile as a serial killer but hasn’t previously acted on any homicidal impulses”? Especially when everyone around Cowboy Curtis has always been prepared to “scream real loud”?

(AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Laurence Fishburne could be coming to CSI

New Rochelle resident Laurence Fishburne is being heavily courted to become the new lead actor on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

If this report is true, I’m curious to see if Fishburne will take the red pill or the blue pill from CBS.fishburne-small.jpg

Personally, I don’t think having Morpheus on the show would be a good idea. According to Reuters, the new character on the show will be a “doctor/scientist outsider to the CSI unit who has the same genetic profile as a serial killer but hasn’t previously acted on any homicidal impulses.”

Sounds like something Fishburne could easily handle, but apparently John Malkovich is being courted too. Fishburne is a terrific actor, but nobody can play a borderline crazy dude better than Malkovich.

200637_173565_1_024.jpgKurt Russell is apparently also being courted for the role but I doubt CBS will give the role to him … unless this new CSI character wears an eye patch and fights racial stereotype villians in the year 1997.

Yes, I have both Escape from New York and Escape from L.A. on DVD at home, so don’t judge me.

(Fishburne: AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

(Russell: Ap Photo/20th Century Fox)