‘CSI: Cyber’ Casts ‘Ally McBeal’ Alum Peter MacNicol

MacNicol will co-star with Patricia Arquette in “CSI” offshoot

Last Updated: August 1, 2014 @ 3:05 PM

Peter MacNicol and CBS are going to cyber with each other.

MacNicol, who played John Cage on the legal series “Ally McBeal,” has signed on as a regular on CBS’ upcoming drama “CSI: Cyber.”

The series will focus on a time when technology, as we know it, has amplified human behavior to the point where faceless criminals are committing crimes at global proportions with the touch of a button. Patricia Arquette will star as Avery Ryan, a special agent in the FBI’s Cyber Crime Division.

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MacNicol will play Assistant Director Stavros Sifter, a career FBI insider and Ryan’s supervisor at the Cyber Crime Division in Washington, D.C.

Described as the clearing house between FBI Cyber and all other branches of government, Sifter is a shrewd and savvy networker, and a charmer with a hint of malice. Sifter has the impossible task of controlling the amplification of cyber crime in an era where the collective world communicates electronically.

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MacNicol, who won an Emmy for his work on “Ally McBeal,” also had roles on CBS’s “Numb3rs” and Fox’s “24.” He’s repped by Thruline Entertainment.