Bill Inoshita
EW Staff
August 18, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

We gave it a B+

9-10 PM · CBS · Returns Sept. 27

”The miniature killer arc will be concluded in the season opener,” says executive producer Naren Shankar. Also, look for Jessica Lucas (Life as We Know It) to join the team in season 8 as a new CSI-in-training. Lucas is signed for four episodes, but, hmmm, could this new addition be a possible replacement for Jorja Fox, whose status is unclear due to her no-comment contract negotiations and the season-ending cliff-hanger in which her character, Sara, was kidnapped? On a more positive note, Shankar talks about a switcheroo stunt you may have heard rumored: ”We are talking about the possibility of writers from Two and a Half Men writing an episode of CSI, and the writers of CSI writing an episode of Two and a Half Men.” Adds Shankar, ”We also want to do more with the secret life of our lab techs.” Personal outburst: Yay! More Liz Vassey!

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