Current star Melina Kanakaredes (Det. Stella Bonasera) recently announced that she would not be returning for the show's seventh season. It was previously speculated that Ward was in line to replace her.
CSI: NY producer Pam Veasey told Entertainment Weekly: “We are delighted to have Sela joining CSI: NY. With the exciting stories planned for Season 7, she’ll be a dynamic addition to the cast and the team.”
The actress herself added: “I am thrilled to be working with Gary [Sinise] and this terrific group of people.” added Ward. “I’m a huge fan.”
Ward - who previously appeared in a recurring role on House - will reportedly play “an experienced investigator from Washington DC, whose work is driven by her empathy for the victim".
Her character will first appear in the premiere of the show's seventh season, due to air in September on CBS.