Patricia Arquette has been tapped to star in CBS' latest CSI spin-off pilot, TVGuide.com has confirmed.
Arquette will play Avery Ryan, the head of the FBI's Cyber Crime Division in Quantico, Va., who solves crimes that start in the mind, live online and play out in the real world.
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CBS has ordered a CSI spin-off drama pilot from Jerry Bruckheimer and Anthony Zuiker, TVGuide.com has learned.
An upcoming episode of CBS's CSI will delve into the past of Greg Sanders (Eric Szmanda) and introduce an influential man from his childhood.
"It turns out that as a young boy, Greg was into chess and had a mentor," reveals executive producer Carol Mendelsohn. Filling the mentor role is Emmy nominee Ron Glass, who played Det. Ron Harris on Mendelsohn's favorite '70s comedy, Barney Miller.
Wednesday's episode of CSI marks the CBS procedural's 300th episode, and no matter how you slice it, that's a lot of murder.
"We figure we've killed thousands of people," executive producer Carol Mendelsohn says with a laugh. "Which probably isn't something to be proud of, but... most shows never get to 300 episodes. Everybody's just so proud."
The CSI cast reflects on the show's finest hours
Indeed, reaching such a milestone is rare in today's increasingly fragmented television landscape...
Over 14 seasons and 300 episodes, CSI has concocted some wild plots and brought in memorable guest stars to keep the body-bagging business fresh and fun. We asked the cast — including Marg Helgenberger, who reprises her role as Catherine Willows for Wednesday's landmark 300th episode, which flashes back to a case the team failed to crack in 2000 — to reflect on the show's best installments, selected by longtime executive producer Carol Mendelsohn.