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Fall TV preview: ”CSI” — How the crime procedural will solve murders without its ”King,” William Peterson

William Petersen has a magnificent trailer. Parked just a few steps from the Universal soundstage where reigning Thursday-night ratings champ CSI is filmed, the 40-foot retreat with leather furniture, custom cabinetry, and a spacious back bedroom is specifically designed to keep Petersen happy — as if such deluxe accommodations (not to mention the distinction of being one of TV’s highest-paid actors) would be enough to keep him probing synthetic corpses for years to come. But it’s not. ”I’ve been an actor for 35 years, nine in [the role of Gil Grissom],” says Petersen, 55. ”I don’t have to die in this role, do I?”

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