I first came across Elisabeth Shue in in 1987 or 88 when I was 11-12 years old and I saw her in Adventures in Babysitting. Which I think was her first major role, but I’m sure others know that better than me. Saw her in Cocktail with Tom Cruise and Bryan Brown which came out a year after in 1988. Leaving Las Vegas from 1995 with Nicholas Cage. And then she sort of had a drought after that, or at least I wasn’t seeing her in anything or seeing any of her roles. And sort of has a comeback role with CSI Las Vegas in late 2011 where she replaces Marg Helgenberger as the deputy director of that CSI office on in Las Vegas.
CSI is a great fictional law enforcement show and I believe the best cop show since the original Law & Order show from the 1990s. And that even includes Law & Order SVU and is a great network show that is actually worth watching. They deal with very serious issues and crimes with most of those crimes being murder and yet have a real lighter side and streak with their cast and writing. With very funny people on that show and not just Ted Danson, but Elisabeth Shue, Wallace Langham and others. And the team on that show gives the impression that the like each other, like working with each other, and like joking around with each other. The Ted Danson and Lis Shue characters, have a long history with each other pre-Las Vegas and have great chemistry together.
I wasn’t a major viewer of CSI before Liz Shue came to the show in late 2011 and started catching it on reruns on USA a year later or so and noticed she was not only on the show, but Marg Helgenberger was gone who was obviously one of the best people and characters on that show, but with her leaving and Lis Shue coming on, the show definitely changed. Not saying it became better or worst, but certainly different. I believe Ted Danson and Lis Shue, give CSI a comedic touch that it perhaps didn’t have before. People who not only work hard, are dedicated to their jobs, and are very good at their jobs, but also know how to have a good time, notice the stupid and ridiculous and are able to make fun of it in an intelligent way. And with them together the show is just more entertaining.
Not to take anything away from Bill Peterson and Marg Helgenberger, who were both major parts of the early success of CSI and big part why this franchise is so successful and why CBS has been so dominant as a network the last 15-20 years, but Ted Danson and Lis Shue, both have strong comedic and dramatic backgrounds. I mean Ted Danson, was the star of two of the most popular sitcoms ever with Cheers and Becker and was very funny and great in both roles. As well as several successful movie comedies. And a lot of Lis Shue’s background in movies have been in comedy. And they both have strong dramatic backgrounds as well and combine both genres very well into one role.
I just love watching and listening to Elisabeth Shue on CSI. She has that great voice, face, and personality, sense of humor, that almost makes her seem like a kid and immature, because she’s so adorable physically and personally and yet she’s also a hell of an actress, very funny and great to look at. Gorgeous, very tight body, generally wearing tight outfits of the show. Tight blouse or short tight t-shirt, short jackets, and tight denim jeans and boots. Who even with her adorable presence and persona, is not someone you want to mess with, because she can kick your ass.
Ted Danson and Lis Shue, aren’t CSI Las Vegas all by themselves, they’re just the two main stars of that show. Perhaps what the show is built around. George Eads, Jorja Fox, Elisabeth Harnois, and others are important as well. I already mentioned Wallace Langham, but Jaclyn Smith ( from Charlie’s Angels ) is a great guest star as Langham’s mother. I just believe the show is better with Danson and Shue, than it was with Peterson and Helgenberger. Even though you could have a great debate about with woman is better looking, Marg Helgenberger a gorgeous sexy redhead, or Lis Shue, a gorgeous sexy blonde, but that’s for a different debate.