‘CSI: Vegas’ Finally Names Replacements After Exit of Mel Rodriguez

Sara Amini and Joel Johnstone landed recurring roles as part of the CSI: Vegas team.

PASADENA, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 26: Sara Amini attends the opening night performance of "ANN" at Pasadena Playhouse on March 26, 2022 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

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The groundbreaking CSI is now set in Las Vegas and is returning for a second season in its new location. And hey, it’s bringing a few new cast members along the way.

As relayed by Deadline, Sara Amini and Joel Johnstone landed recurring roles as part of the CSI: Vegas team.

“Amini will recur as Sonya, a regimented, methodical, and passionate head Medical Examiner,” Deadline reported. “Johnstone will play Jack, Sonya’s intelligent, curious, and optimistic older brother and the assistant Medical Examiner.”

Amini/Sonya will of course be replacing Mel Rodriguez, who portrayed Chief Medical Examiner Hugo Ramirez. Rodriguez could still make occasional guest appearances, industry insiders have speculated.

How will the new season play out?

Deadline outlined the CSI: Vegas plot this way:

Season 1 opened a new chapter in Las Vegas — the city where it all began. Introducing a serialized storytelling to the classic crime procedural drama. Facing an existential threat that could bring down the entire Crime Lab and release thousands of convicted killers back onto the neon-lit streets of Vegas, a brilliant new team of investigators led by Maxine Roby (Paula Newsome) enlisted the help of old friends, Gil Grissom (William Petersen) and Sara Sidle (Jorja Fox), to investigate a case centered around former colleague David Hodges (Wallace Langham).

This combined force deployed the latest forensic techniques to follow the evidence – to preserve and serve justice in Sin City. The first season also starred Matt Lauria, Mandeep Dhillon and Mel Rodriguez. Petersen and Fox won’t be returning for the second season.

Now, it will have some new cast members along for the drama-filled ride.

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