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CSI role is angelic for Danson

Ted Danson has said he believes his "angels" led him to his latest TV role.

The former Cheers star, who plays supervisor DB Russell in CSI: Crime Scene Investigator, revealed he relied on celestial powers to make the all-important decision about the part.

"I have a manager and an agent, but really I think I depend on angels. I have really great angels who seem to take care of this decision process for me," he said.

"I hadn't worked on a network show for about three or four years. I'd been doing cable, which doesn't pay quite as much, so I was looking at the prospect of maybe having to sell this lovely home we have in Martha's Vineyard.

"I was going, 'Wow, I don't know. I'm going to trust that something happens'. Some things work, some things don't, but by and large, you just have faith."

Ted, who inked a deal for three seasons, has no desire to leave the show yet.

"This is an amazing job and they pay me very well - I'm one very lucky 66-year-old man. So yes, I have no intention of departing until we're kicked off the lot or something. I enjoy going to work very much," he said.

"I have never been so welcomed in a cast as I have with CSI. They went out of their way to teach me the little things that need to happen and really took me under their wing."

But while CSI may indulge his serious side, Ted would like to showcase the show's lighter aspects.

"Maybe the last year of CSI, we can do CSI: The Comedy, because there must be something," he teased.

:: The 14th series of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation begins on Channel 5 tonight (June 3).

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