CSI: Crime Scene Investigation on CBS

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CSI Preview: The Lighter Side of Crime Solving

Marg Helgenberger and Gary Dourdan, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Last week, months of speculation came to an end with an eighth-season opener that kept us on the edge of our seats and finally revealed Sara Sidle's fate (she's alive, but how long will she stick around?). Tonight's CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (9 pm/ET, CBS), entitled "A la Cart" and written by Sarah Goldfinger and Richard Catalani, offers a breather, an episode that's "slightly more lighthearted and should be fun for the audience," says Catalani. Our favorite clue-finders dive into two cases: The first is a death at a restaurant where patrons dine completely in the dark. "The dining-in-the-dark story Sarah Goldfinger experienced firsthand," explains Catalani. "She went to a trendy [Laughs] restaurant where you dine in the actual pitch-black darkness, and we thought that was interesting enough to formulat read more

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Question: I was wondering if you could give me some more spoilers for CSI.


Answer: Producers are adding another new female character that sources say could stick around on a recurring basis. She's described as an ex-mob wife in her early forties who entered the witness protection program with her son to escape the bad men. I have a strong hunch that this is for the mob-centric episode that William Friedkin is directing this November. I also have a strong hunch that this character may be coming on as a love interest for the newly single Grissom.

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Two and a Half Men Plus CSI Equals Killer Laughs

Jon Cryer and Charlie Sheen by Greg Gayne/CBS

While CSI plans to unspool "The Case of the Murdered Diva" (well documented by Ausiello), at least one clue has slipped out about Two and Half Men's half of the famous and seemingly improbable writing staff swap (first teased here in June). When last I checked in with him, Men cocreator Chuck Lorre said that he and his CSI counterparts "were still talking" about what their take on his CBS sitcom would entail, but at least this much is for certain: "There's going to be a dead body on Two and Half Men," Lorre told me. My concern: If the dead body belongs to a hot blonde, just how much leeway will Standards & Practices allow the always-opportunistic Charlie Harper. read more

Ratings: CSI Teaches Anatomy a Lesson

William Petersen by Bill Inoshita/CBS, Patrick Dempsey by Scott Garfield/ABC

Round 1 last fall went to the Seattle Grace gang; not so this time. Thursday's ratings rundown:8 pm/ETSurvivor: China topped the hour with 14.16 million total viewers, a drop of a mil from its premiere. Ugly Betty's season-opener (11.05 mil) was up from its freshman finale but off six mil from its year-ago debut. NBC's Earl (8.52 mil) was down about 500K from its previous premiere. Smallville veritably matched last fall's return with 5.08 mil.9 pmWith 24.9 million viewers, CSI outperformed its 2006 opener by some 13 percent and in doing so trumped Grey's Anatomy, which returned to an audience of 20.5 mil (down from last fall's 25.15 mil). Though Grey's fared better among the key demos, that is Grissom & Co.'s largest-ever margin of victory over the ABC titan. The Office (9.67 mil) improved on its previous premiere by 670 thou.10 pmWithout a Trace embraced anew its Thursday time slot with 16.7 million viewers, just shy of its last (Sunday-night) season-opener but nearly two mil b... read more

Thursday-night TV: It's Back!

Sandra Oh in Grey's Anatomy by Bob D'Amico/ABC

Now that's what I like to see on TV's most overcrowded night: TV's top crime drama and TV's top medical soap back in fine form, the two most-awaited season premieres of the week delivering on the hype. And the icing on the cake? Another sensational episode of AMC's summer holdover Mad Men, the one show I never want to see end. I'm going to miss that one when it goes away in a few weeks. As much as I enjoy CSI and Grey's Anatomy, combatants of the highest and most satisfying order, they feel like old hat compared to this scrumptious, provocative period piece.First off: Big sigh of relief that Sara Sidle (Jorja Fox) lives on. As Michael Ausiello reports in his exhaustive interview with the star, her days on CSI may still be numbered, but for now, Grissom’s lady love is still kicking, no matter how bloodied, battered and sunburned. The teaser for next week’s episode reveals, no surprise, that the course of true love isn’t going to run smooth for these coworkers, but ther... read more

The CSIs Race to Save Sara Sidle

Episode Recap: “Dead Doll” The suspense had been building all summer — was Sara dead? — but as soon as the episode started, I realized I was going to be kept in the dark a little while longer. A lot longer.The hit crime procedural's first episode of Season 8 brought us face to face with the miniature killer, Natalie Davis, one more time. Natalie, a bleach-fearing loner with a photographic memory, blames Grissom for the suicide of her foster father, Ernie Dell, who died about halfway through last season. Her revenge? “I took away the only person she ever loved, so she’s gonna do the same thing to me,” Grissom says. And that meant Sara.It opens with Sara still stuck under a car in Natalie’s brought-to-life miniature. One hand is sticking out from under the vehicle. Her face is bloody, one eye staring blankly. Is she alive? She starts at a clap of thunder. She is!But maybe not for long. As Catherine and Greg try to track down surveillance footage... read more

CSI Exclusive: Sara Lives… But Jorja Leaves!

Jorja Fox by Andrew Macpherson/CBS

How's this for a twisty turnabout: Even though Sara Sidle survived her run-in with CSI's Miniature Killer in last night's gripping season premiere, her time on the show has nonetheless come to an end. Multiple sources confirm that Jorja Fox — whose contract expired at the end of last season — will depart the hit procedural this November after failing to come to terms on a new long-term deal. And although Fox doesn't outright confirm her exit in the following exclusive interview, the actress did open up about the difficulty of keeping Sara's fate a secret all these months, her residual "hurt" feelings following her firing in 2004, whether the conclusion of the Sara-Grissom love story will be satisfying to viewers, and why she will never address those persistent tabloid rumors. Congratulations on surviving the Miniature Killer.Jorja Fox: Thank you! It wasn't easy! [Laughs]Was it as physically grueling to shoot those scenes as it appeared? Fox: It was so much more fun than ... read more

CSI Fans: What Are You Doing After the Premiere!?

You're coming straight here, that's what you are doing! As I've been telling you for weeks, I'll be posting an exclusive story immediately following CSI's eighth season premiere tonight and, trust me, it's a must-read for followers of the show and, more importantly, Jorja Fox/Sara Sidle. I don't think I'm being overly-dramatic when I say it's a matter of life and death. read more

Preview: CSI Premiere - Did Sara Survive?

Is Sara dead or alive? That's the question on everyone’s mind as Season 8 begins. The last time Sara was seen, she was pinned beneath a car in the desert and left to die. (The miniature killer, Natalie Dell, kidnapped her to punish Grissom, whom she holds responsible for her dad's suicide.) So, will she make it? Here’s a hint: Last season's finale was entitled “Living Doll,” while the title of the premiere is “Dead Doll.” Doesn't sound too promising for the tough-talking investigator — or for her fans. — Tim Holland read more

The New Season: Busy Enough for You?

Masi Oka and David Anders in Heroes by Paul Drinkwater/NBC Photo

Already playing catch-up on only the second day of the official TV season. Geez, how will we ever survive Wednesdays and Thursdays? (Pause here for a silent prayer to the powers that protect my DVRs.)Anyway, the biggest news on Monday was how Heroes would bounce back from a first-season finale that disappointed many (I was not among them, but then, my expectations for this uneven show haven’t always been all that high). I was mostly enthralled, once I got over yet another tedious Mohinder speech to kick off the season with more blah-blah about destiny and the plague that threatens to eradicate these evolutionary wonder-heroes as “the fate of humanity itself hangs in the balance.” Seriously, they talk that way all the time on Heroes, and don’t I wish Mohinder would just put a sock in it.But then the story kicks in, and by the end, I’m even in awe of Mohinder, who’s in league with Noah Bennet (formerly HRG) to infiltrate The Company and bring them down. O... read more

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Premiered: October 06, 2000, on CBS
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: Las Vegas criminologists use scientific methods to solve grisly murders in this unusually graphic (and hugely popular) drama, which inspired a host of other cop-show 'procedurals.' An immediate ratings smash for CBS, the series adroitly mixes painstaking deduction, gritty subject matter and intriguing characters.a The network quickly capitalized on its megahit with spin-offs 'CSI: Miami' and 'CSI: NY.'

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