CSI: Crime Scene Investigation on CBS

2000, TV Show


Press Tour Diary: ABC Day 1

Today's big news: I woke up to find a zit the size of a Vespa parked on my face. Good times....EXECUTIVE SESSION9:04 am: ABC Entertainment president Stephen McPherson is wearing blue jeans that scream "rock-star network executive!"9:06 am: McPherson announces that he's going to pressure the TV Academy to let us, the nation's top TV critics, decide next year's Emmy nominees. Hey, that was my idea! (And not to split hairs, but it's only supposed to be Matt Roush and me.)9:08 am: McPherson admits if he had to do Commander in Chief over again, he wouldn't have impeached Rod Lurie and replaced him with Steven Bochco. "We would probably bring it on later in the season and let Rod prep for it a lot longer than he had a chance to. He was the voice of that show." 9:08 am: I ask McPherson what he's doing behind the scenes at Desperate Housewives to address last season's "creative collapse." Although he disagrees with the "creative collapse" part — I was going to say implosion — he c... read more

Press Tour Diary: CBS, Day 2

CBS is taking it easy on us today, scheduling just four sessions, including the eagerly awaited Katie Couric panel and a Q&A with the cast of CSI (sans William Petersen). We're also having lunch with Rachael Ray, and my Aunt Joan will flay me if I don't hit her up for VIP. tickets to her new talk show. I cannot go back home to New York without those tickets. BREAKFAST9:10 am: Omelet stations! Egg-cellent! CBS NEWS Q&A WITH KATIE COURIC9:40 am: America's sweetheart is 10 minutes late. Maybe she's having last-minute wardrobe issues. Wow, could I be any more sexist? 9:45 am: America's sweetheart is 15 minutes late. Maybe she's on the phone renewing her restraining order against Ann Curry. 9:46 am: Katie's finally in the house — and she's eschewed her signature short skirt for a simple tan pantsuit that screams "serious newswoman!" A CBS publicist blames her tardiness on one of the omelet stations setting "off the fire alarm." Hmmm... I didn't hear a fire alarm. 9:47 am: ... read more

I find the 9 pm/ET time slot ...

Grey's Anatomy

Question: I find the 9 pm/ET time slot on Thursdays this fall very interesting. The race for winner is between Grey's Anatomy and CSI, but I really don't know who's going to come up on top. Nor do I care that much. What I find interesting is the effect these two shows will have on the others in the time slot. Deal or No Deal has a loyal audience that tunes in two to three times a week to watch a boring show — but hey, it pulls in the ratings and the right demos. What do you think Deal's effect will be on Grey's and CSI? Will both Grey's and CSI succeed, albeit with lower ratings, or will they cannibalize each other? If so, would that leave a greater chance for Supernatural and The O.C.? I think the loser for the time slot will probably be one of the two latter shows. What's your opinion? Answer: This is the killer hour of the entire week, that's for sure. ABC moving Grey's Anatomy to this critically pivotal and financially lucrative night is one of the potential game-changers of the ... read more

Press Tour Diary: CBS Day 1

Fresh Diet Raspberry Snapple? Check. Fully charged Dell laptop? Check. Leftover Vicodin from last year's root-canal crisis, just in case? Check. OK, let's do this, people. EXECUTIVE SESSION 9:08 am: I spy Eye president Nina Tassler embracing a reporter prior to walking on stage. Is that ethical? Oh, wait, this is coming from someone who reserves judgment on a show until after the tie-in swag is delivered.9:14 am: Stop the presses! In her opening remarks, Tassler drops a bombshell: "It's [been] a "really great year at CBS for us!" 9:22 am: With no major controversies swirling around CBS, the initial questions lobbed at Tessler are decidedly tame. Where's a good Big Brother scandal when you need one? Speaking of which, did anyone watch the live video feed last night? Maybe someone got stabbed, and we don't know it! (Hey, a guy can dream.)9:29 am: Things may be picking up. Citing the demise of Fox's Reunion as an example, a reporter asks Tassler if she's worried that viewers might thi... read more

Regarding the CSI finale: ...

Question: Regarding the CSI finale: Perhaps the reason that this issue won't die is that it is the move that killed the No. 1 show. The Grissom-Sara supporters may be a vocal bunch, but that does not mean that they represent the majority. I hope you are savvy enough to realize that. Answer: I'll believe the No. 1 show is dead when, like the CSIs themselves, I see the actual evidence. And I'm savvy enough to know that my mail has been pretty evenly divided (which is why I've aired both sides' reactions at length). But nearly every letter reads like this, assuming that those who feel a certain way are in the right and thus must be in the majority. (What is this, politics?) From where I sit, it looks like that final scene split the fans pretty much in the middle, and both sides are pretty loud and vocal about it. I'd be perfectly content if they all just left me alone until we see how it plays out in the new season. My opinion stands that CSI isn't a soap opera and is treated like one a ... read more

Perhaps your mailbag is full ...

Question: Perhaps your mailbag is full of naysayers' responses to CSI's finale because those of us who love the Grissom and Sara relationship have no need or reason to complain. Please don't use that as a radar to detect how the general public feels. I've found more closet Grissom-Sara fans among my closest friends after the finale than I thought was possible. You should know that people who are unhappy generally create the most noise. But I thought I'd just send in a little "Yay!" to help balance out your mailbag. Answer: Ah, the issue that refuses to die. I'm happy to note that I got a bunch of corrective responses like this from those who liked how the season ended. But I'm siding most closely with Brenda, who wrote in with this observation: "Do you think it occurs to any of these people bitching and moaning about the ending of CSI that maybe, just maybe, we won't see any romance between Grissom and Sara? Maybe it will be a little secret shared between the audience and those two ... read more

I think it was about time GG ...

Question: I think it was about time GG and SS got together. I love the way it was done without any fanfare. Answer: There is that to be said for it. Whether you agree with this pairing or not (usually not, according to my mailbag), the way it was presented was unexpected, to say the least. And here, from Lois C., is the sort of mail I usually get on the topic: "I think it was disgusting to put Grissom and Sara together as a couple. There is no chemistry. If my best friend were in the hospital, there's no way I would have been off with some bimbo; I would be right at my best friend's side. If it didn't work on CSI: Miami, why would it work on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation? They killed off Horatio Caine's wife five minutes after they got married, and they should end the romance on CSI, or this lady here will never watch it again. I never liked Sara anyway, because she is such a geek, with absolutely no personality." How do you really feel, Lois? And how exactly does a geek with no ... read more

Hey, Matt! I love your column ...

Jorja Fox and William Petersen, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Question: Hey, Matt! I love your column and just wanted to say, as a sci-fi fan, I appreciate all the attention you give to those great yet underappreciated shows. Now to my question. What are your thoughts on TV's growing trend of hooking up every character on a show with each other? I'll use CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as an example because of the fuss the season finale created. The show was great because it focused on the stories and not the characters. Now Grissom and Sara hook up, and it looks like Catherine and Warwick are on their way next season. What's next? Will Greg and Nick suddenly come out of the closet? Samantha on Without a Trace has slept with two guys from her office (one of whom was her boss) and everybody has slept with everybody on Grey's Anatomy. I know we like a little romance in our shows, but enough is enough. It is possible to have a relationship with someone outside the office? Answer: Call it the NYPD Blue syndrome. (On that show, any time a new character ... read more

Thursday-Night Lights
The networks get ready for a prime-time war

Howie Mandel, Deal or No Deal

The networks and ad buyers on Madison Avenue are deep in negotiations over the price of commercial time for next fall's prime-time schedule, and at least a third of their $9 billion take (that is, the networks hope it'll be that much) will be spent on Thursday night. That explains why so many good shows this fall will be airing on the same night. It's looking like one of the great network-scheduling steel-cage matches in history: Grey's Anatomy vs. CSI vs. Deal or No Deal all battling it out at 9 pm/ET. ABC could have gotten higher ratings if it left read more

Is Izzie gone for good from ...

Question: Is Izzie gone for good from Grey's Anatomy? I heard a rumor a major player from the cast would be leaving the show at the end of the season, but didn't pay much attention. Will they try and get her back? (From the reaction of the doctors when she announced that she quit, it looked like they accepted her quitting without issue.) Answer: Just because she's quitting the surgical program doesn't mean she's quitting the show. (Same goes for Mark Harmon's character resigning from NCIS.) The writers had a very dramatic, even traumatic, plan in mind for Izzie, and, as usual on this show, bad decisions come with dire consequences. I have no idea how she will continue to interact and work with her friends, but I can't wait to find out. On another Grey's front, Erin declares: "It seems like I'm the only one who's happy about Grey's Anatomy moving to Thursdays. I've never been into the stale procedurals, so Thursday has been a dead night for TV in my home for quite some time. Grey's ... 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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