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“CSI: New York” star A.J. Buckley is the resident comedian on a show that will never, ever be mistaken for a comedy. And he’s fine with that.

“CSI: New York” star A.J. Buckley is the resident comedian on a show that will never, ever be mistaken for a comedy. And he’s fine with that.

“If you look at the first season of ‘CSI,’ it was darker, gloomy and really depressing. Not even one joke,” says the actor, who plays scientist Adam Ross on the series. “I think my character came on in the second season as sort of the light in the darkness. Whenever there’s a heavy bit, I show up to crack a joke.”

As for Season 7, Buckley says changes will be minimal (“business as usual” he says). However, original cast member Melina Kanakaradis (who played Stella) has left the show and will be replaced this season by Sela Ward — which is too bad for Buckley’s character, who had a one-nighter with Stella last season.

“You sleep with me, you leave the show,” jokes Buckley. “It was sad to see Melina go. But Sela Ward brings an incredible new dynamic.”

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“CSI: New York” airs Fridays at 9 p.m. on CBS.

 
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