It is very true that Hollywood does not value mature actresses over the age of 40. They are seen as dead! Female viewers also tend to buy into that (not me, but many!). I also know that the demographic audience of viewers ages 18 - 49 is what is valued by networks and advertisers. Viewers over 50 (I am proudly over 50) aren't seen as important as younger viewers to network executives because older viewers tend not to spend their money as impulsively on what is advertised in commercials. That is why the networks are on a constant "Youth Kick". Mature viewers (not all, but many) tend to want more credible, realistic, consistent storylines, serious stories, and less "fluff". That being said, I feel that TPTB probably wanted a younger actress to attract male viewers in the 18-49 age group who will want to see her "sweating up the sheets" with Horatio. I don't feel that anybody over the age of 45 was even considered. I highly doubt that the actress will portray herself as older (look at her, that would be impossible). Also, correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't Marisol born in 1978 (on her grave marker) This new lady, (born in 1974) would be only 4 years older than Marisol. The actress who played Marisol was born in 1976 and both Emily Procter and Eva La Rue were born in the 1960's. This new actress is an attempt to capture the younger audience IMO. Horatio's fans will accept anything because they are enamored with him and the networks know it!