CSI Revival Series Ordered With Multiple Original Stars Returning

CSI: Vegas has received a straight-to-series order from CBS and will bring William Petersen, Jorja Fox, and other CSI favorites back to television.

CSI: Vegas has received a series order from CBS and will bring William Petersen, Jorja Fox, and other CSI favorites back to television. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation premiered on the network in October 2000 and remained on the air for 15 seasons, coming to an end in 2015. The hugely popular series launched a collection of spinoff programs for the network, including CSI: Miami, CSI: New York, and CSI: Cyber.

Along with Petersen and Fox, the original cast included Marg Helgenberger, George Eads, Gary Dourdan, who probably won’t be returning, and Paul Guilfoyle. After Petersen left the series, Laurence Fishburne stepped in to take up the mantle as CSI‘s lead. And Ted Danson eventually took Fishburne’s place.

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According to DeadlineCSI: Vegas will pick up where CSI left off, following a team of crime scene investigators as they scrutinize physical evidence to solve murders. Joining the CSI: Vegas cast is Paula Newsome, who will be playing Maxine, the new head of the Vegas Crime Lab; Matt Lauria, who will be playing the Level III lead CSI investigator Josh; Mel Rodriguez, as Head Medical Examiner Hugo; and Mandeep Dhillon, who’ll play Allie, a Level II CSI investigator who immigrated to Las Vegas for a better life. In a statement, mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer celebrated the show’s return to the network, saying: 

I’m excited to be bringing back the CSI franchise to all our fans who have been so loyal to us for all these years. And to be back in Las Vegas where it all started over 20 years ago makes it even more special. We’ve enjoyed working on this project with CBS and look forward to welcoming back Billy, Jorja and Wallace as they join a new group of talented actors in CSI: Vegas.

Fan-favorite Wallace Langham will also return to CSI: Vegas to reprise his role of David Hodges. Petersen and Fox will be reprising their roles of Gil Grissom and Sara Sidle. The project was originally planned for an October 2020 premiere, TVLine reports, which would have been on the original CSI series’ 20th anniversary. However, the airing of the series was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Bringing CSI back with CSI: Vegas is definitely a smart move for CBS, as the program that first brought the gory glory of forensic investigators to the masses has since become the most-watched drama series in the entire world. Taking things back to Sin City will not only bring on the nostalgia of the original show, but this new chapter will surely succeed in moving the story forward into new and exciting places, which is something that CSI: Cyber was, unfortunately, unable to accomplish. CSI: Vegas is set to air later this year on CBS.

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Source: TVLine, Deadline

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