CBS announced Tuesday that veteran actor Ted Danson will take over as the lead on its popular "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" this fall.

Danson will replace Laurence Fishburne, whose contract was not renewed after two seasons.

Danson is perhaps best known for his role as Sam Malone on the classic sitcom "Cheers" and has been recently seen on such shows as FX's "Damages", and HBO's "Bored To Death" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm".