CBS Confirms ‘CSI’ Finale Movie, Ted Danson to ‘Cyber’ Spinoff
Amid all the flurry of Upfronts renewals and cancellations, last week’s saw rumors that CBS’ flagship CSI would close its doors for good, leaving only spinoff Cyber on the air for an additional season. Now, the network has confirmed CSI will close out with a two-hour movie returning some of the procedural’s biggest names, while Ted Danson will find a new home with the Cyber folk.
Per CBS’ official announcement, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation will officially shut down its branch on September 27 with a two-hour movie, one that also returns original cast members William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger. Additionally, network brass confirmed that current CSI lead Ted Danson would shuffle over to CSI: Cyber, now renewed for a second season at the network.
Said CBS of the cancellation / movie:
This is one of the strongest, longest-running dramas in TV history, and very important to us as a network. It was one of the shows that really helped reverse our fortunes and point us in a very positive direction. So I’m very happy that we can send it off in the right way.
CSI will close out its run as the second longest-running scripted live-action primetime series in the country, behind Law & Order: SVU. Will procedurals ever have the same pull, now that the CSI franchise is shuffling back its CBS presence?