“Every 20 years, a phenomenon like Justin Bieber graces our world,”
~ CSI executive producers Anthony Zuiker, Carol Mendelsohn and Don McGill.
Pop sensation Justin Bieber, whose wholesome good looks and musical talents have taken the world by storm, is now set to conquer the small screen. And as a baddie, no less! Bieber will be making his prime-time TV debut on the premiere of CSI Season 11, the most watched show in the world. The crime hit, which will air on AXN on 1 March 2011, will also be shown thrice a week from Tuesdays to Thursdays, a first for new episodes premiering on AXN!
The first episode of CSI Season 11 has been highly anticipated by Bieber fans and detractors alike. Premiering at nearly 15 million viewers in the US, the show ranked No. 1 in its timeslot, proving Bieber to be a huge ratings draw.
Bieber shows he’s not just a pretty face in his TV debut. He plays troubled teen Jason McCann, who is faced with a terrible decision regarding his only brother, which leads him into an inevitably explosive confrontation with the CSIs. To hone his acting chops, Bieber worked with an acting coach to prepare for his role. George Eads, who plays CSI Nick Stokes, shared a number of scenes with Bieber and gave the budding actor the thumbs-up. Says Eads, “If he can stand up in front of God knows how many people and dance and sing, he can say a couple of lines acting… he’s a really cool kid.”
In the absence of Dr. Raymond Langston (Laurence Fishburne), last seen fighting for his life after being stabbed by psychopath Nate Haskell in the previous season’s finale, Stokes rises to the occasion. He emerges as Grissom’s greatest student when he displays an innate skill for reading bugs, much like how Grissom ‘the Bugman’ had cracked cases before.
It’s not all crime and bugs this season, for love is also in the air. Fans of CSI supervisor Catherine Willows (Marg Helgenberger) will be pleased to note that she will have a love interest in the form of Detective Vartann (Alex Carter, Burn Notice).
Look out for an interesting entourage of guest stars, from Playboy Bunny Holly Madison, Elliot Gould (Ocean’s Eleven, Friends) to Dita Von Teese, who will portray a classic Hollywood femme fatale. Old and new faces also grace this season, with fan favourite Jorja Fox returning to the series, along with two new cast members, Katee Sackoff (Battlestar Galatica, 24) and Sienna Guillory (Eragon). Sackoff will play a tough, feisty investigator with a quick fuse. Guillory comes on board as the show’s first full-time bomb tech, promising viewers an action-packed season!
From a new serial killer Sqweegel who punishes local heroes that harbour hidden secrets (based on a persona from show creator Anthony Zuiker’s second novel ‘Dark Prophecy’), to vampire and werewolf conventions as well as shark attacks, viewers definitely have an exciting season to look forward to. Good things come in threes this March on AXN!
CSI Season 11 premieres 1 March 2011, Tuesdays to Thursdays,
at 10PM (Singapore)
First and exclusively on AXN (Star Hub TV ch 511)
(All photograghs courtesy of AXN)