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Kim Delaney heads to ''CSI: Miami''

Kim Delaney heads to ”CSI: Miami.” The star of the canceled ”Philly” joins fellow ”NYPD Blue” alum David Caruso in the CBS spinoff

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Why be a cop in New York when you can be one in sunny Miami? ”NYPD Blue” Emmy winner Kim Delaney seems to be following that line of reasoning, as she’s joining the cast of CBS’ fall series ”CSI: Miami,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. She’ll play a senior forensics investigator who frequently clashes with the fellow sleuth played by series star David Caruso, another refugee from ”NYPD Blue.”

Caruso, of course, famously left that cop drama after its first season to launch an abortive movie career (”Jade,” ”Kiss of Death”). Though he came back to TV with the short-lived ”Michael Hayes,” the spinoff of CBS’ top-rated drama ”CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” may offer his best chance yet to return to stardom.

Delaney, who signed on to ”NYPD Blue” after Caruso left, stayed longer (six years) and won an Emmy in 1997 for her role as long-suffering detective Diane Russell. Last year, she starred as a lawyer in ”Philly” for ”Blue” creator Steven Bochco, but the show only lasted one season. At least she’s getting out of the Northeast; maybe the change in climate will do her good.