Fans of the ever precarious Sara Sidle (Jorja Fox) should get up and dance around the room as CSI executive producer Carol Mendelsohn just announced that Fox's current five-episode comeback has been extended.... Wait for it (NPH)... Indefinitely.
Now, don't go too crazy with all that dancing because in this case "indefinitely" doesn't mean permanently. Well, not now at least. Although, Mendelsohn does give a definitive answer as to what she's shooting for.
"From our point of view, the more the better. As many episodes as we can have Jorja for we want her for."
I'm not trying to talk out of turn, but ever since Fox left the series in 2008, she hasn't exactly been burning up the screen (big or little). While that doesn't mean she'll be on every episode of the season, all I'm saying is that she's not really doing anything else. Sidle's return is not going to be just for the ratings (although, I'm sure it helps), Mendelsohn tells us the importance of her being in the lab.
"The season is about bringing the [CSI] family back together again, so [this] was just a natural. Jorja has been the glue that has really helped to reform the bond of our team."
I know what you're thinking, "How is Sara going to be on all of these episodes without us seeing even a glimpse of Grissom (William Peterson)?" Well, first I'd ask you if you always use parenthetical notation in your questions before I seamlessly deffer back to my now-favorite CSI executive producer, Carol Mendelsohn.
"We will address the fact that Grissom is somewhere else and Sara is living in Vegas. Everyone on the team is a little interested. They're like, 'What's the deal? Grissom's there, you're here, how does that work?'"
"They are a very modern couple and they have a very healthy relationship. They have found a balance in their life that allows them to still feel fulfilled in their marriage and their careers. If it works for them, it works for us."
Oh yeah... they really are going to play the whole "Grissom is teaching someplace far away" angle all that time. I don't know if I can really buy that. You know what? I don't know if I can even buy Sara Sidle returning for this long. When she left the show, she was a complete mess. That is, after all, her whole reason for leaving our favorite lab technicians in the first place. Now, she's not only back (which is great), but now she's, more or less, completely fine.
Hmmm... I'm going to have to think about this.
How do you feel about Jorja Fox's now "indefinite" return?
Catch Sidle's return to CSI Thursdays at 9PM on NBC
Source: The Ausiello Files