“We hoped Melina would return to CSI: NY for another season, but we respect her decision to move on,” CBS said in a statement. “Her amazing talent and invaluable contribution to the success of the series are greatly appreciated and will not be forgotten. She will forever remain a friend to the network and studio and we wish her the very best.”
According to Michael Ausiello, a CBS insider confirms that Kanakaredes’ last episode has already aired. That same source also confirms that Sela Ward is the frontrunner to fill the show’s leading-lady void.