Recent CSI: Miami addition Eddie Cibrian will leave the CBS crime drama after one season after the actor’s option was not picked up. Cibrian’s fate was sealed in February when original cast member Adam Rodriguez announced he will return to the show full-time in the upcoming 9th season. Rodriguez dropped his regular status on the show after Season 7 when he and CBS couldn’t come to an agreement on a new contract. He stayed on as a recurring while appearing on other shows, including Ugly Betty, until he inked a deal to return to CSI: Miami full-time. Cibrian was brought in to fill the void left by Rodriguez’s departure and now, with Rodriguez back, he was the odd man out.
There are a lot of intriguing parallels between CBS’ decision not to pick up the options of Cibrian and that of A.J. Cook, co-star on another CBS procedural, Criminal Minds. With CSI: Miami, CBS sources say the show wanted to focus on the core group of characters, which led to the decision to let Cibrian go. Meanwhile, at the other veteran crime procedural, Criminal Minds, the network is letting an original cast member who has been part of the core group go to bring in a new character. Also, Rodriguez’s return was helped by a strong fan support, including online petitions. Now Criminal Fans are staging similar campaign for Cook as well as Criminal Minds co-star Paget Brewster who is being offered reduced number of episodes.