CBS is close to making a final decision on the fate of their CSI franchise.
TVWise understand that, as has been hinted at for months, CBS execs have opted to give CSI: Crime Scene Investigation a final send off. Now I cant confirm the rumours that the send off will be a two-hour TV movie, but that is one scenario being considered, with another one being a 8 episode final seasons – similar to what USA Network did for Law & Order: Criminal Intent back in 2011.
Chatter coming out of CBS is that regardless of the format, the network wants to make this final run of the original Vegas set CSI an “event”. That has led to some early talk of bringing back William Peterson as Gil Grissom in some form, whilst also serving the story needs left by the fifteenth season finale which aired back in March. That’s not set in stone as there is no deal in place, but its also worth noting the current leading man Ted Danson’s contract is up and he hasn’t signed a new one with CBS Television Studios….yet.
Despite some industry naysayers who cited the shortened final seasons of CSI: Miami and CSI: NY as evidence that CBS would not be so sentimental as to order a final run of CSI episodes, the show was also set to return, especially given the massive windfall the studio gets from the series in syndication, VOD and international sales. And while CSI: Original Flavour is coming to an end, the franchise is set to continue as CBS is currently finalising a renewal for CSI: Cyber.
Both CSI: Crimes Scene Investigation and CSI: Cyber are not the only series at CBS awaiting word of their fate. The network has still not made an official call on Blue Bloods, Hawaii Five-0, Criminal Minds, Elementary, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, Person Of Interest, The Odd Couple and The Good Wife. CBS brass is expected to make those renewal/cancellation decisions in the next 24 hours.