This is one of those threads I just got to put my 2 cents in. I'm gonna divide this post into sections and give each section a title. NO, they will NOT be titled Section 1, Section 2 etc. Melina/Stella leaving and the Mac/Stella ship. If the TPTB could do this right: I would love to see Mac suddenly realize, now that Stella is gone, how he really feels about her. That his feelings for her are more than just friend, pal, confidante, co-worker. That he has romantic/lover feelings for her. Have the realization hit him like a ton of bricks falling on him. I would love to see Mac realize there's been another Claire right in front of him/right under his nose all this time but he's been too busy or too blind to realize it till now. Exit Melina. Enter Sela. I have no problem with Sela Ward joining the show. I saw her in a few episodes of Once and Again. She's a good actress. I'd say as good as Melina. Unlike the lady who played Haylen Becall at the beginning of season 6, Sela doesn't have a slightly high-pitched, screechy voice. Stella vs. Sela's Character. I liked Stella immediately. Now new/replacement characters are a different story. Some examples. Haylen Becall--I started out liking her but by her last episode I hated her. CSI: Miami's Ryan Wolfe--I have liked Ryan since his very first scene back in season 3. I think if Jonathan/Ryan left, I would sit down and cry then smash the tv. CSI: Miami's Dr. Tom Loman--I started out hating this guy. Now I like him even if he is a cheap/comical Sid Hammerback knock-off. So you see, Sela's character is gonna have to pull a Ryan Wolfe. I'm gonna have to start out liking her and end up loving her much as Stella. Otherwise I'll be happy to see her leave like I was with Haylen. Say "Hello" to the team. Sometimes...ok 99% of the time I can kinda feel through the tv screen if 2 actors or 2 actresses or an actor and an actress have chemistry. I sure felt it between Eddie Cahill and Emmanuelle Vaguier as well as their characters Flack and Angell. I'm gonna be paying close attention to Sela's character's chemistry with the other members of the team. I hope she gets along with all of them as good as Stella does. Faylinn's prediction. I read on the first page of posts where Faylinn said: I hate to say this but I agree with you, Faylinn. I'm not sure CSI: NY has the legs to stand on to survive all these major changes. New night, new time, major actor-actress/character leaving, new actor-actress/character coming in. Now Vegas CSI and CSI: Miami might have the legs and the strength to withstand all those BIG changes but, I also hate to say this, I don't think CSI: NY does. Plus, if I'm not mistaken the other 2 CSI shows are always ahead of CSI: NY in the ratings. So, there's another hurdle to it withstanding all these changes. Well, I've said everything I wanted to say. So, please feel free to r q & d (read, quote and disagree).