I’ve confirmed that Laurence Fishburne is being paid “north of $14 million” for his CSI gig. And here the world thinks Les Moonves’ CBS Inc is flat broke. His debut on the show, which was also William Petersen’s finale, logged its best ratings since its season premiere, averaging 20.9 million viewers and a 5.8 rating/15 share among adults 18-49, easily winning its hour. Since then, it’s still a Top 5 show. Meanwhile Fishburne’s Cinema Gypsy gets a fat first look production deal with CBS Paramount TV. Former Paramount TV exec Rose Catherine Pinkney is overseeing his television arm.
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