CBS’ is officially embarking on a new crime spree, handing a formal series order to a new iteration of CSI that is equal parts reboot and revival.
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As previously reported, the sequel series — titled CSI: Vegas — will pick up two decades after the original show’s conclusion and find franchise vets William Petersen‘s Gil and Jorja Fox‘s Sara surrounded by a new crop of Sin City-based CSIs played by Matt Lauria (Friday Night Lights, Kingdom), Paula Newsome (Chicago Med, Barry), Mel Rodriguez (Last Man on Earth) and Mandeep Dhillon (After Life).
Additionally, TVLine can now confirm that Wallace Langham — who played lab tech David Hodges for much of the OG series’ run — will also be back as a series regular.
The official logline for CSI: Vegas, which will debut this fall on CBS, is as follows: “Facing an existential threat that could bring down the Crime Lab, a brilliant new team of forensic investigators must welcome back old friends and deploy new techniques to preserve and serve justice in Sin City.”
The new CSI — which is being viewed as a potential ongoing series vs. a limited one — was initially slated to premiere last fall, coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the original CSI‘s 2000 launch. The coronavirus pandemic, however, delayed those plans.
Elementary vet Jason Tracey will serve as showrunner/EP.
Fueled by the phenomenal success of the mothership (in its heyday it averaged north of 25 million viewers), CBS went on to launch spinoffs CSI: Miami (starring David Caruso), CSI: NY (starring Gary Sinise) and CSI: Cyber (starring Patricia Arquette).
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