CBS is milking the 'CSI' cash cow once again, as the network has just announced that they will be returning to the hit franchise for another spin-off, this time focusing on cyber-crime.
Instead of focusing the new spin-off in a new locale, as they have with previous spin-offs, 'CSI: Miami' and 'CSI: NY', this new 'CSI' will focus instead on a specific type of crime: in this case, cyber-crime. Hopefully this new approach will make this spin-off more successful than the previous spin-offs, which have both since been cancelled. The original 'CSI' is currently in its 14th season, and still regularly winning it's timeslot, Wednesdays at 10 p.m.
The potential series will center around Avery Ryan, Special Agent in Charge at the Cyber Crime Division of the FBI in Quantico, Va. Ryan is tasked with solving high-octane crimes that start in the mind, live online, and play out into the real world. The character is inspired by real-life Cyber-Psychologist Mary Aiken, who will serve as a producer.
Agent Ryan will make her debut in an episode of the original 'CSI' set to air later this season.
Anthony Zuiker, creator of the 'CSI' franchise, will co-write the script with longtime 'CSI' EPs Carol Mendelsohn and Ann Donahue.
And one can't help but wonder if Ryan will ever team up with another popular CBS computer expert: 'Criminal Minds' Penelope Garcia, who is also based in Quantico.