By James Hibberd
August 03, 2011 at 07:00 PM EDT

What is Ted Danson like as the newest member of the CSI team? Is he stone-cold serious? Kind of funny? What can fans expect when CSI returns for its 12th season premiere on Sept. 21? EW solves the mystery with this exclusive first-look clip of Danson in his new role. Plus, there’s more as Inside TV covers Danson and CSI producers taking questions from critics at the network’s summer press tour today in Beverly Hills (they’re promising a “lighter season”).

Check out the two-minute clip of Danson trying to get a young witness to open up on next fall’s CSI below:

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