“CSI” could go back to CBS.
Variety has confirmed with sources that the broadcaster is considering a potential revival of the Megahit show’s event series, which aired on the network from 2000 to 2015. The project is in the very early stages of development and no members of the original cast is currently attached.
The idea is said to be releasing the new installment in time for the series’ 20th anniversary in October, but no deal is in place yet. Original series creator Anthony Zuiker is in talks with executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer and the show’s creative team. Jason Tracey would write the script. Tracey recently worked on the CBS series “Elementary” in addition to shows like “Burn Notice” and “Cold Case”.
CBS and CBS Television Studios declined to comment.
âCSIâ turned out to be a smash hit for CBS, garnering massive ratings for the network and quickly becoming one of the most watched TV shows. The show also proved popular abroad and was repeatedly named as the world’s most watched show later in its broadcast.
The show focused on the men and women of the Las Vegas Crime Lab, who have investigated all kinds of cases using forensic technology. The original cast consisted of William Petersen, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads, Gary Dourdan, Jorja Fox, Paul Guilfoyle, Robert David Hall and Eric Szmanda. Laurence Fishburne and Ted Danson have also both starred in the show at different times. “CSI” ultimately spawned three spinoffs – “CSI: Miami”, “CSI: New York” and “CSI: Cyber”.
If the idea went ahead, it would mark the latest revival of a successful series in recent years. Fox recently brought back both “The X-Files” and “Prison Break” for limited series, while NBC’s cover of “Will & Grace” is currently in its final season. Fox also ordered a new version of “24” in 2017, while NBC attempted a cover of “Heroes” in 2015.