CBS ‘ CSI the series of events slowly moved forward, I learned. William Petersen and Jorja Fox are in negotiations to star in CSI: Vegas, which immediately serves as the mother ship CSI series, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Casting is underway for four new characters who will join Petersen’s Gil Grissom and Fox’s Sara Sidle. Petersen is also expected to serve as executive producer. Even if CSI: Vegas has not been officially ordered, filming is expected to begin in the fall when COVID conditions allow Hollywood production to safely resume.
As Deadline revealed in February when the potential CSI follow-up was in the early stages of deal making and development, the project comes from writer Jason Tracey (Elementary), CBS TV Studios and Jerry Bruckheimer TV. The original idea was for the series of events to mark the 20th anniversary of the Mothership Series premiering next October. This plan was thwarted by the shutdown of production linked to the coronavirus pandemic.
With CSI: Vegas, the most watched drama series of the 21st century, CSI, opens a whole new chapter in Las Vegas, the city where it all began. Faced with an existential threat that could bring down the Crime Lab, a brilliant team of forensic investigators must welcome old friends and deploy new techniques to preserve and serve justice in Sin City.
Here are details about the team of three new Vegas CSIs and the medical examiner who works with them. Among the four new main characters that will be introduced on CSI: Vegas, three should be people of color.
Maxine is the new director of the Vegas Crime Lab. A former basketball coach, she is a top scientist and a leader in genetics. Recently divorced, she struggles with her son’s opioid addiction.
Josh is a Level III CSI who is typically the Senior Case Investigator and has a knack for reconstructing crime scenes. Born and raised in Vegas, he comes from a family of crooks and crooks.
Allie is an immigrant who followed her dreams to Las Vegas. She is a young Level II CSI with a bright future and a sunny disposition. Allie is a true genius – a double genius from Harvard with a doctorate in forensic archeology.
Chris is a level 2 CSI in the making. He’s a private schoolboy who started out in a white coat and made his way onto the field. Now, he’s a released lab rat.
Hugo took over as Chief Medical Examiner three years ago. He has an endless fascination with the bodies that are found on his slab, and the morgue is his place of happiness.
Product Executive Tracey CSI: Vegas with Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman and KristieAnne Reed of JBTV as well as CSI creator Anthony E. Zuiker and CSI: Cyber alum Craig O’Neill. Peterson and his longtime production partner Cynthia Chvatal, who produced the original series, are in negotiations to return as executive producers on CSI: Vegas too much.
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, who was unofficially called CSI: Vegas to differentiate it from the fallout CSI: Yumme and CSI: New York, followed a team of crime scene investigators for the Las Vegas Police Department as they used physical evidence to solve murders. The original cast included Petersen, Marg Helgenberger (who is currently a series regular on another CBS series, All stand up), Fox, George Eads, Gary Dourdan and Paul Guilfoyle. Petersen was replaced by Laurence Fishburne as CSI ‘the leading man. He in turn was followed by Ted Danson.
Grissom and Sara were CSI fan-favorite couple, whose romance was one of the original series’ most talked about storylines. Emphasizing the importance of the duo’s relationship with the show and its viewers, the CSI the two-hour series finale ended with the two walking away together.
Petersen is gone CSI in Season 9. Fox left as a Series Regular in Season 8. She remained a recurring guest star for the next four seasons, joining the cast as a Series Regular at the start of Season 12.
Created by Zuiker, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation has been one of CBS’s most important series for the past two decades. Launched at low expectations on October 6, 2000 on Friday Night at Low Traffic, the forensic crime drama was a smash hit. It went on to become the most-watched series on television and established a stronghold on Thursday for CBS at a time when NBC dominated the night.
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation retired in 2015 after 15 seasons, having launched a billion dollar franchise for CBS that covered four series; CSI and fallout CSI: Miami, CSI: New York and CSI: Cyber.