CSI: Crime Scene Investigation on CBS

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I have to say congratulations ...

Question: I have to say congratulations to Stargate SG-1 for reaching 200 episodes, a milestone for any show. But my question now is: In a world of Internet, downloads and increased competition, will any other shows reach that 200-show mark? I mean, does Grey's Anatomy have the staying power of Stargate? Even though I love both shows, I don't believe it does. Answer: Before anyone criticizes Geoff, this question came in before Stargate's cancellation was confirmed. It's even more timely now, don't you think? It's an excellent question, and one that really got me thinking, because there are so many considerations at play. For a regular series to hit 200 episodes, that usually means it must stay on the air for 9 to 10 seasons, depending on the number of episodes ordered per year. Given today's more cluttered TV environment, I have to think it may be even more likely for certain sorts of shows to hit the 200-episode mark. If they've broken through and become a franchise, the networks will ... read more

Why are you always ...

Question: Why are you always criticizing CSI: Miami? Granted, it isn't as good as the original (which actually had a down year last year). And Caruso's acting is something you have to learn to tolerate. (I wonder if the script actually says, "Put hands on hips.") But on the whole, the show is quite entertaining. One of its strong suits is the backup players. I love Callie and Delko. If you want to bash a CSI show, try the horrid NY version. I can't even stand to watch it, and I'm a huge Gary Sinise fan; that tells you how bad it is. The exaggerated New York accents and the stilted acting are unbearable. I predict it will be the first incarnation of CSI to get canceled. Answer: Tell that to the original Law & Order, which had to move to Fridays to get away from the CSI juggernaut, even the subpar NY edition. The reason I criticize the Miami version from time to time is because it's such a big target. And while I also like some of the supporting players, I have grown weary of the ... read more

Why does it seem that so many ...

Question: Why does it seem that so many established shows are being moved around this fall? Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Without a Trace are being moved from their established time slots. Have the networks given up on them to concentrate on establishing their new fall shows? Answer: The circumstances are different for each show, but this isn't a case of the networks "giving up" on a show. It's more that the networks are realizing the value of these shows by moving them into strategic new time periods. Criminal Intent was going to be bumped by NBC's new Sunday-night football franchise anyway, so it was moved to Tuesdays, where NBC traditionally struggles, to act as a lead-in to the more popular Special Victims Unit. CBS made a riskier decision by moving Trace from Thursdays to Sundays because the net is killing its movie night and wanted to put two strong crime procedurals back-to-back. Cold Case and Trace are going to be very compatible, and CBS has already been successfully testing ... read more

How much do you think ...

Question: How much do you think networks value summer ratings? If they are regularly monitored, then shouldn't ABC be a bit concerned that CSI is topping Grey's Anatomy reruns on a routine basis Thursday nights? Answer: I wouldn't lose sleep over this one. Yes, the networks monitor summer ratings, but what the numbers tend to reinforce is that nonserialized procedural crime dramas like CSI generally repeat better in the off-season than soapy dramas like Grey's (and especially Lost and Desperate Housewives). I'll tell you for a fact that I don't pay much attention to summer ratings or repeat schedules, which is why I rarely address questions about how networks are inconsistently repeating certain shows. As for the CSI-Grey's face-off in September: While CBS postured at press tour that they considered their megahit franchise an "underdog," I don't think anyone truly expects Grey's to beat CSI in total ratings numbers. (It may challenge CSI in certain young-adult and female demographics.) ... read more

Will The O.C. return to its 8 ...

Question: Will The O.C. return to its 8 pm/ET slot? The move to 9 pm/ET last season conflicted with CSI. They are both great shows, and I enjoy watching one then the other, not flipping back and forth and missing things. Answer: For the moment, and unless Fox changes its mind between now and The O.C.'s Nov. 2 premiere date, the show will still air at 9 pm on Thursdays. (Two new comedies will provide the lead-in, though I'll be amazed if Happy Hour makes it past the baseball hiatus.) In the spirit of public service, let me prepare you for the inevitable. This is almost certainly The O.C.'s last hurrah. Not only will it still be facing CSI, but Grey's Anatomy is going to crush it even further. (Given the competition, and the counterprogramming, I'm wondering if even CW's enjoyable Supernatural will beat it by the time The O.C. finally limps back onto the schedule. ... read more

I wholeheartedly agree with ...

Question: I wholeheartedly agree with your responses to the Grissom-Sara pairing on CSI, especially your comment on 7/24, when you said it would be a part of the texture of the show from now on. It adds another dimension to reruns, as well. The finale's reveal has tweaked the past episodes, like discovering a color you never knew existed and suddenly seeing it everywhere you look. I think it was a great twist to add it so casually, as if the audience had been in on it all along. It dropped my jaw, even though I was totally expecting a hookup, and now it makes me want to watch more. Thanks for your intelligent discourse on all things TV. It's refreshing! Answer: Thanks. (Although people tend to find it less "refreshing" when we disagree. Ah, well.) My point all along has been that as long as elements like this don't take over the show, I'm OK with it ... read more

Thank you for your reasoned ...

Question: Thank you for your reasoned explanation of the reaction to Grissom-Sara in CSI's season finale. I thought it was very honest, as if it was an ordinary moment between two people together for a while. If this is how it's handled next season, there should be no worries for even the most anti-personal-life critics! My question to you is about NCIS: How do you think it's going to play out with the character of Gibbs having to "unretire"? And when will the Emmy voters finally figure out what a great show this is? Answer: Agreed about CSI. That story line is not going to take over the show, but it will be part of the texture of the show going forward. As for NCIS, even if I knew how Gibbs would return to the fold, I wouldn't tell you, so I won't speculate except to say that only the most naive viewer could believe that Gibbs won't be back working with the team before long. As for Emmy recognition: dream on. CBS shows are mainstream hits, not critical or Emmy darlings. NCIS is wa ... read more

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

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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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