Gary Sinise knows tonight (Friday, May 11) could end a long chapter of his career, but he’s hoping for a different outcome.
The CBS drama “CSI: NY” wraps its eighth season without a guarantee it’ll be back this fall … and with Sinise’s crime-lab-leading Detective Mac Taylor seriously wounded, just as he’s found personal happiness again with new girlfriend Christine (Megan Dodds).
“You’ll have to tune in to see what happens,” the stage and screen actor teases Zap2it while adding, “I’d like to do another season if they want us to. We all enjoy doing the show, and I think the writers still have a lot of good stories left in them.”
The decision will be known next week, when CBS stages its 2012-13 upfront presentation for advertisers. “It’s a great finale,” Sinise promises, “very emotional and very different from some of our other episodes. In the last days of shooting, you didn’t really want to act as if it was the end. You didn’t want to say goodbye and have a big thing, because everybody would like to see the show come back.
“We had to play it a little close to the vest, but everybody knew it could be the final moment. There was a night of shooting where the entire cast was together on the set, and that’s very unusual. We’re usually working separately. It was almost like the closing night of a play, but nobody really wanted to acknowledge it might be the end.”
“CSI: NY” won’t be Sinise’s only CBS appearance this weekend. As he continues to recuperate from a recent Washington, D.C., accident in which he was a passenger in a car hit from behind — “I was knocked out, and I don’t remember the actual impact” — he’ll be profiled Sunday (May 13) on “60 Minutes” by correspondent David Martin for his continual support of America’s military, particularly via his frequent concerts with his Lt. Dan Band named for his “Forrest Gump” movie character.
“I haven’t seen the segment,” Sinise reports, “but they have been spending time with me over the last several months, starting last December, just documenting some of the concerts and visits and things I’ve been doing. I’ve also been working with the Building for America’s Bravest program, through our Gary Sinise Foundation, to build homes for very severely wounded warriors. All of these are things they’ve been paying attention to.”
Sinise also will return to Washington to join longtime friend Joe Mantegna (“Criminal Minds”) in co-hosting PBS’ broadcast of the National Memorial Day Concert for the seventh time Sunday, May 27. “Being there in front of the U.S. Capitol,” Sinise reflects, “with 250,000 people sitting on the lawn watching this very patriotic and moving event, it’s just a very special place to be.”