CBS Developing New 'CSI' Spin-Off Focused on Cyber Crimes

CBS Developing New 'CSI' Spin-off Focused on Cyber Crimes

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.

- CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Written by: Colleenhaha
Feb 19th, 2014, 12:23 am

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Message Posted On Feb 22nd, 2014, 8:28 am
Ahhh finally a spin-off I may actually watch. Considering I absolutely couldn't stand 'Miami or 'Ny, Im looking forward to this fresh, counter-trite idea.

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Message Posted On Feb 20th, 2014, 5:11 am

Cyber crime seems a strange choice in some ways - no dead bodies, no crime scenes, no DNA or fingerprints. Much less visual. The biggest obstacle, if you want any semblance of reality, is that is it international - the USA is a target because there are rich pickings - but the perpetrators are often on the other side of the world.


Message Posted On Feb 20th, 2014, 4:06 am
Good article, change more successful to as successful and all will be golden.

Message Posted On Feb 20th, 2014, 12:24 am
Heh, yeah. Same thought kinda jumped at me :) Was wondering what most shows execs would be willing to do to get 9 and 10 years of full season orders. As a FYI to Colleen: CSI Miami and NY were not cancelled because ratings dropped. The CSI franchise simply became way too expensive and CBS had to make some cuts. Actors weren't willing to accept pay cuts so they had no choice than to go with the lesser of two evils and cancel Miami first and NY the year after. This allowed them to continue the original show and develop new directions for the franchise (this new spin off beeing one possible road they could take).

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Message Posted On Feb 19th, 2014, 1:37 pm

"Hopefully this new approach will make this spin-off more successful than the previous spin-offs"


You appear to have an 'interesting' definition of "successful".  Miami ran for 10 years and NY for 9, both of which are much longer than *most* shows last.  Pretty much *every* show would *kill* to be as "less successful" as those 2 spin-offs were.


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