CBS has given a series order to CSI: Vegas, the sequel to the network’s global hit CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, one of the most-watched drama series of the 21st century. NBC has also ordered the drama Ordinary Joe to series.
Original CSI: Crime Scene Investigation stars William Petersen and Jorja Fox will reprise their roles as Gil Grissom and Sara Sidle, respectively, in CSI: Vegas. Produced by CBS Studios and Jerry Bruckheimer Television, the new CBS original series will star Paula Newsome, Matt Lauria, Mel Rodriguez and Mandeep Dhillon.
Original CSI star Wallace Langham will also return to the series as David Hodges.
CSI: Vegas opens a brand new chapter in Las Vegas, the city where it all began. Facing an existential threat that could bring down the Crime Lab, a brilliant new team of forensic investigators must welcome back old friends and deploy new techniques to preserve and serve justice in Sin City.
“Twenty-one years ago, we launched ‘CSI’ and watched in awe as this new cinematic series launched an entire genre and became a groundbreaking juggernaut that still has global resonance today,” said Kelly Kahl, President, CBS Entertainment.
“We are thrilled to welcome the next generation of forensic criminalists to the ‘CSI’ brand and unite them with the legendary characters from the past who we still love, including the extraordinary Billy Petersen and Jorja Fox. Crimefighting technology has advanced dramatically over the last several years, and combined with classic ‘CSI’ storytelling, we can’t wait to watch this new ‘CSI’ team do what they do best: follow the evidence.”
“I’m excited to be bringing back the ‘CSI’ franchise to all our fans who have been so loyal to us for all these years,” said Jerry Bruckheimer. “And to be back in Las Vegas where it all started over 20 years ago makes it even more special. We’ve enjoyed working on this project with CBS and look forward to welcoming back Billy, Jorja and Wallace as they join a new group of talented actors in CSI: Vegas.”
Jason Tracey will serve as executive producer and showrunner for CSI: Vegas. Uta Briesewitz will direct the first episode and serve as executive producer (initial episode only).
Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, KristieAnne Reed, Anthony Zuiker, Carol Mendelsohn, Ann Donahue, Craig O’Neill, William Petersen and Cindy Chvatal also serve as executive producers. The series will be produced by CBS Studios in association with Jerry Bruckheimer Television, and distributed internationally by ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group.
Created by Anthony Zuiker, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation premiered Oct. 6, 2000 on CBS, and aired for 15 seasons, completing 335 episodes. It earned six Emmy Awards and 39 Emmy nominations. The drama originally starred William Petersen, Marg Helgenberger, Gary Dourdan, George Eads, Jorja Fox and Paul Guilfoyle. The franchise also included CSI: Miami (2002-2012), CSI: New York (2004-2013), and CSI: Cyber (2014-2016).
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation was the most watched drama series in the world for seven years between 2006 and 2016. CSI was one of the most watched drama series franchise globally in the past 20 years.
NBC drama Ordinary Joe stars James Wolk, Natalie Martinez, Charlie Barnett, and Elizabeth Lail. The series explores the three parallel lives of the show’s main character after he makes a pivotal choice at a crossroads in his life. The series asks the question of how different life might look if you made your decision based on love, loyalty or passion.
Executive producer Adam Davidson directed the pilot and the executive producers also include Russel Friend, Garrett Lerner, Matt Reeves, Adam Kassan, Rafi Crohn, and Howard Klein. The show comes from 20th Television, Universal Television, 6th & Idaho, and 3 Arts.
“I still remember when Matt Reeves shared this passion project back when I worked at Twentieth. Russel and Garrett wrote such a compelling and emotional script that was expertly executed from page to screen,” said Lisa Katz, President, Scripted Content, Entertainment and Streaming.
“We love how ‘Ordinary Joe’ lets us experience the universal question of ‘what if’ through an incredible cast of characters and engaging storylines.”