The casting shake-up on CSI spin-off CSI: Cyber continues. Peter MacNicol, who played FBI Assistant Director Stavros Sifter across the show’s 13 episode first season, is exiting the series and will not appear in CSI: Cyber’s upcoming second season, which is set to premiere this Fall on CBS in the Sunday night 10pm time-slot.
The news of MacNicol’s departure comes mere hours after CBS confirmed that parent series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation would be wrapping its fifteen season run with a two-hour TV movie and that, following that series finale, current CSI lead actor Ted Danson would segue to CSI: Cyber as a series regular.
While the timing is highly co-incidental, Deadline reports that Peter MacNicol’s exit from CSI: Cyber is a creative decision made necessary by the re-tooling the series is undergoing for its second season, rather than being a case of an in/out swap. It is unclear if there will be any further casting changes ahead of the new season.
Created by Anthony Zuiker, Ann Donahue & Carol Mendelsohn, CSI: Cyber follows FBI Special Agent Avery Ryan, who runs the bureau’s Cyber Crime Division in Quantico, VA. Ryan is responsible for solving high-octane crimes that start in the mind, live on-line, and play out into the real world. The drama series is produced by CBS Television Studios and stars Patricia Arquette, James Van Der Beek, Charley Koontz and Shad Moss.