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Q&A: David Caruso's 'CSI: Miami' and 'NYPD Blue' characters aren't connected

Caruso characters aren't linked

I noticed a picture of David Caruso from a show, NYPD Blue, which I never watched. I am used to him in CSI: Miami, which occasionally makes a backstory reference of his having been in New York. Does this have something to do with NYPD Blue and was his character the same? Could I learn more about Detective Caine by watching the last season of NYPD Blue?

No, they were different characters.

David Caruso, now 55, played detective John Kelly in 26 episodes of NYPD Blue in 1993-1994. He won a Golden Globe award and was widely thought to be an up-and-coming star. He left the show four episodes into the second season to pursue a film career.

That career didn't pan out, and in 2010 TV Guide ranked Caruso's decision to leave the successful show for the big screen No. 6 on the top 10 list of TV's biggest blunders.

In 2002, the TV hit CSI spawned a spinoff series, CSI: Miami, and Caruso was hired to portray Lt. Horatio Caine. He has done so since then.

Caine's backstory is that he was born in New York City and became a police officer but moved to the Miami-Dade police force.

For a detailed rundown of this fictional character's life, see

Dancer taking year off for film

I am a big fan of Dancing With the Stars and my favorite pro dancer is Derek Hough. He isn't on this season's show. I wondered why, and what is he doing.

Derek Hough, a three-time Dancing With the Stars champion with partners Nicole Scherzinger, Brooke Burke and Jennifer Grey, decided to take a year off the show.

He is working on a dance movie called Cobu 3D, in which he plays a street dancer who falls in love with an Asian drummer from a rival dance group. It's expected to be released early next year.

Hough told People magazine in late January that he wanted to take off Season 12 of Dancing With the Stars to try something different. "I'm just taking a little break and taking this chance to grow and expand a little bit as an artist," he said. "It's like I told one of the producers on the show — I'll come back with a whole new set of skills."

There have been reports that he has committed to returning to DWTS for Season 13.

A return to 'Dallas'

Heard they are making a new Dallas series. Any truth to that? Sure would be great.

Original series stars Larry Hagman, Linda Gray and Patrick Duffy are on board to appear, although the focus will be on the next generation of Ewings. So far, TNT has just ordered a pilot. A decision on whether to go to series will likely be made later this year.

Q&A: David Caruso's 'CSI: Miami' and 'NYPD Blue' characters aren't connected 04/18/11 [Last modified: Monday, April 18, 2011 11:28pm]
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