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FIRST LOOK: Katharine McPhee on CSI: NY

Katharine McPhee and Gary Sinise

Monty Brinton/CBS

updated 02/19/2009 AT 3:00 PM ET

originally published 02/19/2009 AT 3:45 PM ET

Katharine McPhee guest stars on an upcoming episode of CSI: NY playing – what else – a singer, and PEOPLE has an exclusive sneak peek. The American Idol Season 5 runner-up is pictured alongside the show’s star, Gary Sinise, at the Feb. 18 shoot on the CBS Radford Lot in Studio City, Calif. McPhee, 24, takes on the role of a crime victim who resorts to murder as revenge. The episode is set to air in mid-April on CBS. – Marisa Laudadio


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