Elisabeth Shue is the official replacement as lead for Marg Helgenberger (and is a darling to some of us from the 80s - Karate Kid was the first drive in I ever saw). This makes sense, she’s an older (mature!) woman, she’s an actress with weight, and it means Jorja gets to keep her bizarre part-time/full-time status like she enjoys. If she’s back next year (signs are good, but contracts won’t be signed for another 8 months, so let’s be patient).
Meanwhile, if that depresses you, as I’m sure it will for some, how about some pictures of the cast from the upcoming episode, “Zippered.” This airs December 7th, not in November.
They all look similar, but at least we have some pictures!