It's official! I am stoked to announce that original CSI-er George Eads has just inked a new contract to return to the long-running CBS crime drama as investigator Nick Stokes, George's rep tells me.

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Back in early May, George told me he was prepared to walk if he didn't get what he deserved. "I have to decide if I want to come back," he said. "It's been 10 years, and I've still yet to do a feature film and see what other opportunities might be out there. In negotiations, you have to be willing to walk away, and that's something I'm willing to do if I don't feel the contract is pleasing to me and fair. There can't really be a hierarchy when it comes to salaries anymore. I feel I deserve to sit at the table with the adults, and we'll see what happens."  

In other words — he wanted the same cash being paid to co-stars Marg Helgenberger and Laurence Fishburne. George, I hope you got all you asked for. He's also getting a sweet signing bonus in the form of a sexy new character, a bombs expert named Kacey Monohan, who will be Nick's new partner on the Vegas streets. 

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