The recent Glengarry Glen Ross star will first appear in the series in episodes airing January 2007, according to the announcement, playing the recurring role of "a seasoned CSI who has established a strong reputation in various police departments across the country before joining the veteran team at the Las Vegas Crime Lab."
"I'm a huge Liev Schreiber fan. On stage or in film, I think he's one of the finest actors of his generation," CSI executive producer Carol Mendelsohn said of the star. "We first sat down with Liev earlier this summer to discuss the possibility of him appearing as a recurring character on CSI. We knew it was a long shot, he really doesn't do television. But he was patient and I think amused, as we promised that we'd create a character for him that he couldn't refuse to play. Excitingly for us, he collaborated in this process. And we've got a wonderful, complex character as a result."
Schreiber stated, "After meeting the people who run CSI, it immediately becomes apparent why it has consistently been one of the top shows on television. I am a fan, how could I say no?"
The actor who will still star in the upcoming Broadway staging of Eric Bogosian's Talk Radio — which begins rehearsals in January. Schreiber earned his Tony Award for his turn in Glengarry Glen Ross. His previous work on television has included the HBO film "Lackawanna Blues" as well as the made-for-television movies "RKO 281" and "Spinning Boris."
Schreiber followed his 2003 turn in Henry V for The Public Theater's "Shakespeare in the Park" series with this past summer's staging of Macbeth. Other credits include Harold Pinter's Betrayal, Neil LaBute's The Mercy Seat and Othello. In film, he has been seen in the "Scream" trilogy, "Kate and Leopold," "Ransom" and "The Manchurian Candidate" and made his directorial debut last year with "Everything Is Illuminated" — which he also adapted. "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" — which airs Thursdays at 9 PM (ET) — follows a team of Las Vegas-based forensic investigators who solve crimes by examining the evidence. The cast features William Petersen, Marg Helgenberger, Gary Dourdan, George Eads, Paul Guilfoyle, Jorja Fox, Eric Szmanda and Robert David Hall. Schreiber's appearance coincides with a two-episode leave for Petersen. Following its 2000 debut, CBS has already created two spin-offs "CSI: Miami" and "CSI: NY."
For more information, visit CBS' website at cbs.com/csi.