BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — It was just three weeks ago that Ted Danson was announced as the new star of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” and he’s already in production — and a bit dazed by the suddenness of it all.

“My jaw is kind of hanging down,” he told reporters on Wednesday.

Danson plays the new supervisor for the Las Vegas CSI team. He steps into the position most recently filled by Laurence Fishburne, who had been on the long-running CBS drama since its 2008-09 season.

Danson first found TV stardom nearly 30 years ago playing Boston bar owner Sam Malone on “Cheers.” While he has had a variety of roles since then, he said he had never played a crime-buster before.

But even now, he said, “They still won’t give me a gun.”

“CSI” will begin its 12th season on Sept. 21.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.


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