Over three years after the 'Medium' series finale, Patricia Arquette is finally preparing to step back into the small screen limelight.
A few weeks back, we brought you the news that CBS was developing a new 'CSI' spin-off focused on cyber crime. At the time, we knew that the as yet untitled spin-off would focus on Avery Ryan, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI's Cyber Crime Division, headquartered in Quantico, Va.
Well, today brings it with the announcement that renowned TV and film star Arquette has signed on to step into the character's shoes, becoming the first top billed female lead in 'CSI' franchise history. Avery Ryan is based on real life cyber psychologist Mary Aiken, who will serve as a producer.
Playing a character based on a real person is hardly a new assignment for Arquette, who portrayed a dramatized version of criminal profiler and alleged psychic Allison DuBois for seven seasons of the aforementioned drama 'Medium.'
The planted pilot for 'CSI's cyber crime spin-off will air as a regular episode of 'CSI' this spring, and will serve to introduce Avery Ryan and her division to the established 'CSI' audience. This strategy paid off well for previous spin-offs 'CSI: Miami' and 'CSI: NY,' which both thrived for multiple seasons.
With a name like Patricia Arquette attached, there's no reason to believe that this new project won't become a hit as well. Stay tuned to TVRage for further developments, including (hopefully) an actual title for the show.