'CSI's' Elisabeth Harnois shares 'nerdy moment' with Ted Danson

zap-photo-elisabeth-harnois-red-carpet-420.jpgElisabeth Harnois can't deny she's thrilled to see herself in the title sequence of one of television's top dramas.

The actress' second episode as a "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" regular airs Wednesday (Sept. 28) on CBS. Introduced as a guest star last season, she's continuing the role of Morgan Brody, a crime-lab tech who has just transferred from Los Angeles to the Las Vegas unit ... where she clashes with her estranged father, ex-CSI supervisor turned local lawman Conrad Ecklie ( Marc Vann).

"That was one of the highlights," Harnois tells Zap2it of first seeing her billing alongside such "CSI" veterans as Marg Helgenberger, George Eads and Jorja Fox. "I knew I was only going to be in a couple of scenes [of the season premiere], but we all watched it together on a big screen on the studio lot, and I had forgotten that little detail of my name in the opening credits. It was something to see."

Besides the FOX suspense drama "Point Pleasant," another show that gave Harnois a starring credit was CBS' short-lived "Miami Medical," which lasted long enough to keep her on the radar of executive producers Jerry Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman. They also oversee the "CSI" franchise, and though Harnois claims she's often heard the promise "We want to work with you again," they made good on it.

At the time she was signed for this "CSI" year, Detroit native Harnois -- along with most everyone else -- didn't know Laurence Fishburne would be leaving the show. Now wrapping production on her fifth episode as a co-star, she says "CSI" already feels like home, thanks in large part to the other newbie in the regular cast.

"I already knew Ted [ Danson]," Harnois reveals. "I went to college with his stepdaughter, and she and I were really good friends for years. We sort of fell out of touch, but I had met him several times and had been to his home, so I had known him in a familial way.

"I remember the first time I met him, I looked at him and had that nerdy moment as a young actor thinking, 'Oh, man. I hope someday, I get to work with you.' And sometimes, the secret works: You put something out in the universe, and it happens."
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