CSI: Crime Scene Investigation on CBS

2000, TV Show


I love your column, but I get ...

Question: I love your column, but I get the distinct impression that you don't like my favorite show, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, because you very seldom write about it. Now I am perplexed. Where is Gary Dourdan? It seems to me that every episode that airs, he is on less and less. Why bring the new guy in to replace Grissom? Why not give more airtime to the regulars? Who can I ask this of, if not you? Answer: If I don't write much about CSI, it's a result of the fact that even the most popular of procedurals don't generate as much mail as more serialized dramas, cult shows, etc. I have always been a fan of the original CSI, and still am. As for Warrick: He's not going anywhere, but the reality is that he's part of an ensemble, and his fans are never going to be satisfied with his supporting status in many episodes. That said, I'm a bit puzzled as well, because when Grissom left, didn't he tell Warrick that he was the unsung hero of the CSI team or some such thing? You'd think that ... read more

This Time, a C$I Duo Are $hown the Money

In seperate eight-figure deals that will cement their status among television's best-paid showrunners, exec producers Carol Mendelsohn (CSI) and Ann Donahue (CSI: Miami) have signed to stay on at CBS through spring 2010. "They're both fantastic writers and great showrunners, a rare combination to get," CBS Paramount prez David Stapf tells Variety. "They engender a lot of loyalty from their cast and crew."Plus, neither lady gets all squeamish watching the dailies of any icky scenes. read more

January 25, 2007: It's On You Tonight!

Bad news, folks, (good news to some of you). Grissom invited me up to watch him lecture on Wednesday, so I took a trip to his school and sat in on him for a bit. Unfortunately, it's a long trip, and I didn't make it home in time to see this week's episode. But, I'm opening up a string for you to recap and comment, and I'll watch it over the weekend and leave my own thoughts then. Here's hoping you all enjoyed it, so I'll have something to look forward to. Until next week, friends. read more

Tonight's Preview: CSI vs. CSI?

Earlier this week, I heard someone in the office remark that Liev Schreiber, the temporary new guy on the CSI block, looks more like a skeevy killer than a crime-scene technician. Maybe so, but his inscrutable demeanor, his oddly fussy mannerisms (watch him at breakfast in tonight’s episode) and his unorthodox work practices make his character of Michael Keppler a fascinating new addition to the first and best show in the CSI franchise, as long as he lasts. (Won’t be for long, as William Petersen will return next month from his theatrical sabbatical.)Last week the empathetic, enigmatic Keppler seemed as much profiler as CSI, and in tonight’s episode, he continues to reveal psychological shadings unusual for this show-telling a colleague that he prefers to think like the killer rather than identify with the victim, which only clouds his judgment.Keppler’s judgment comes under scrutiny in this first-rate episode, co-written by series executive producer Carol Mendel... read more

Ratings: Smallville Puts Up Big-League Numbers

Another competitive Thursday in ratings. Take note:• Talk about your superlatives: Smallville introduced the Justice League to an audience of 5.25 million total viewers, representing a season high. • Perhaps goosed by America's Globes win, Ugly Betty (14.1 million) surged 700,000 heads to have its best outing since Oct. 5. • NBC's entire comedy lineup learned a lesson about, "What goes up... ": Earl was down 1.2 mil week-to-week, The Office plunged 1.7 mil, the musical Scrubs saw 1.35 mil "tune" out, and 30 Rock lost a mil.• Drawing 21.89 million, Grey's Anatomy (medical show, ABC, check it out sometime) edged out CSI (21.28 mil) in the rivals' first legitimate head-to-head in ages. Supernatural (3.38 mil) did its best numbers since Oct. 26.• Opposite an ER rerun, Shark (15 mil) bested Men in Trees (10.7 million, up 450K). read more

In Praise of Dwight Schrute

Now there's a line I never imagined I'd find myself typing: "In Praise of Dwight Schrute." Before I explain further, can I just say: How awesome are Thursday nights this season?This week, I truly needed escapism (I have a number of friends who are directly affected by the Time Inc. cutbacks that were announced Thursday, a very sad development for a very battered business), so I opted to watch the ABC lineup in more or less real time, and was richly rewarded.First, Ugly Betty. Sheer delight. Couldn't be happier for its, and America Ferrera's, Golden Globe wins. In especially fine form this week: Becki Newton as Amanda, who's a scintillating hoot even when she's manipulated into planning treachery against Daniel or calling our Betty a "stumpy troll." I also love how Betty is introducing Daniel to the finer things in life, like slices (although that looked like a full pizza) at the corner parlor and, gulp, karaoke. Took the sour taste of this week's American Idol auditions right out of... read more

January 18, 2007: Gil Who?

No, no, no. I'm just kidding with the title of my blog. I wouldn't want to start a quarterback controversy here. Is the show better off without William Petersen? Is the fresh blood of Liev Schreiber a nice jolt of energy? Can no one ever match up with Gil Grissom? All very good questions, which I can let you decide. But let me share my thoughts. Hello, Mr. Mike Keppler. A nice dark, mysterious intro followed by him walking up to the body and touching it. Good start, buddy. And right there we begin a show filled with attitude, as Catherine chastises him for touching and explains how they do things in Vegas. Ain't no messing around in the Vegas crime lab. It wasn't just Cat, though. Almost everyone seemed a little on edge with the new guy in town. There was Sofia telling the Doc not to whistle as he cuts people open. Sara, jawing a bit with the slacker detective. Even Keppler was able to get in on it when Catherine asked him how he knew all the deaths were related, and he firmly said,... read more

Can Liev Schreiber Fill William Petersen's CSI Lab Coat?

Liev Schreiber, CSI

It's the sort of mystery that would make even Gil Grissom scratch his head. The lead actor in one of the most popular shows on television disappears mid-season and is willingly replaced by a Tony-winning hotshot who supposedly "doesn't do TV." Care to give an explanation, bub? "Would you believe it just sounded like a neat idea?" Liev Schreiber says, though he knows he has to do better than that. After all, CBS' CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (Thursdays at 9 pm/ET) is among the longest-running, most obsessed-over prime-time dramas going, largely because of its beloved investigator in chief, played by William Petersen. You don't just do away with Grissom without raising a few million eyebrows. Call it a case o read more

January 4, 2007: Bye Bye, Gil

Welcome to 2007, everyone. I planned on an emotional ride for my first new episode of the calendar year, but I really didn't get that. Grissom's going on sabbatical — we knew that part. How the last episode played out was going to be the story. But it really wasn't. There wasn't that much drama at all. Hodges was the first to find out and got him a college sweatshirt and started talking to Gil about his "crazy times" at the school since he was a student there. Cat then found out she was going to be acting supervisor and, like a good CSI, she'd be focused more on her cases instead. The moment with Warrick was good, when Gil told him he was "the rock of the team... be there for Catherine like you were for me." That's cool coming from a guy who gives out such little praise. Nick is certainly the funniest one, though. Thinking Gil won't be back at all, he goes up and hugs him:Gil: "I'll be back in four weeks, stop hugging me."Nick: "Yes, sir." Ha! The scene with Sara is what I was ... read more

Music to Our Eyes
CBS gets back in the recording industry

Bruce Springsteen, a former CBS Records artist

Who ever thought the day would come when you'd hear more music on CBS than on MTV? Nearly every prime-time drama ends with a montage that has a backing track by a new artist or a recognizable legend. The exposure is massive and can generate a surge in sales for the song, but it isn't cheap for the show. The producers of CSI: NY paid $25,000 for the use of a Bruce Springsteen track on a recent episode. It wasn't too long ago that the Boss was part of the CBS family, when the company owned his record label (it was sold off to Sony in the 1980s). Well, CBS Records is back. And while the new label won't have Bruce on the roster, it will develop artists whose tracks could be used by CBS-produced shows. Nancy Tellem, president of the CBS Paramount Network Television Entertainment Group will oversee the label. She recently explained to the Biz why the company wants to make music again. TVGuide.com: CBS has been ou 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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