Yesterday we learned that Melina Kanakaredes plans on exiting her role as Detective Stella Bonasera on the hit CBS drama “CSI: NY and today the network has officially announced her replacement. There were rumors that Emmy winner Sela Ward would take over where Kanakaredes left off with the new season and today it’s been confirmed!

According to EW, Ward will make her first appearance for season 7, which premieres this fall (NY is moving to Fridays at 9 p.m./ET).)  She plays “an experienced investigator from Washington, D.C., whose work is driven by her empathy for the victim.” The actress stated “I am thrilled to be working with Gary [Sinise] and this terrific group of people. I’m a huge fan.”

The network is equally as excited to have the talented Ward on their team.

“We are delighted to have Sela joining CSI: NY,” gushed exec producer Pam Veasey in a statement. “With the exciting stories planned for season 7, she’ll be a dynamic addition to the cast and the team.”

Are you ready for Ward to bring her brand of acting to the CBS procedural drama?

What do you think of Ward replacing Kanakaredes on CSI: NY? Do you think that she’s a worthy successor?