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.

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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)