CSI's Marg to quit show after 12 years
CSI star Marg Helgenberger, right, is leaving the TV series after 12 seasons.
The 53-year-old actress who plays Catherine Willows will bid farewell in a two-part episode, one of which was shown in the US last night, and the other to be broadcast on January 25.
Helgenberger said she was looking forward to time off, hiking with her dog and even looking for work -- and would also love to do Broadway.
Despite her departure, Helgenberger said she would be willing to return for special episodes in the future.
"Oh, absolutely, that was one of the reasons why it was a little easier for me to leave the show because the producers said to me practically every day the door is wide open. ...If I'm available and I'm up for it, you betcha," she said.
She says she is proud the show has inspired some people to become criminologists.