Articles for CSI Season 9

Tonight‘s season premiere of CSI is more than just a brand new season.  For a lot of its fans who‘ve been with it for the past eight seasons, William Petersen will have ten episodes and up until January before he bids goodbye to CSI, or at least in the lead‘s capacity.  Laurence Fishburne, meanwhile, will make his big entrance on this season‘s ninth episode in December, which means the two will be sharing a couple of episodes.  In fact, Petersen recently gave Fishburne a tour of the CSI set to introduce him to his new home."That was the hardest show any of us have done," Petersen said, in reference to filming these two episodes.  "It was hard to do, hard to shoot and hard to deal with for two weeks." Read more »
While some CSI fans are dwelling on the countdown of Grissom‘s exit, others are fixated on some of the new comers this season.  Arriving as Riley Adams on the forensic drama‘s third episode, which is slated to air on October 23, Lauren Lee Smith sheds light on what it‘s like to work with the cast and what‘s in store for her CSI character. Warning: May contain spoilers. Read more »
The harshly (and uncharacteristically) emotional season 9 premiere of CSI routed the typically strong Grey‘s Anatomy with a whopping 22.98 million;  Grey‘s was worlds away at 14.54 million.  The Office from NBC came in third with 9 million.  Contrary to a popular trend, the CSI premiere was up 3.19 million viewers from its last year counterpart – a 19 percent rise.  The CBS procedural also dominated the key 18 to 49 demographic.And for good reason.  The premiere of its ninth season tugged at the heartstrings, something that divides some CSI fans.  There are those who prefer Grissom and the gang to stick with the cases they encounter and need to solve, while there are those who want some personal drama (and perhaps romance) between the characters. Read more »
A lot of fans were excited to see Sara Sidle return to the set of CSI on the poignant premiere of the series‘ 9th season.  Jorja Fox left the show right after the marriage proposal from Grissom (William Petersen) which confirmed the prolonged suspicion of fans that there was something romantic between the two.  There were a lot of rumors as to what prompted Fox‘s departure.  She tells Entertainment Weekly the real deal.“There are so many things I want to do!” says Fox, 39.  “Some are personal.  Some are professional.  And I really need to do some of them before I get too old....  It‘s a really intense place to work.  A lot of the stories [on the show] do end sadly and badly.  That‘s been one of the things I‘ve struggled with — the violence… it‘s really good for me to take a break from it.” Read more »
Still reeling from the loss of Warrick (Gary Dourdan), the CSI team goes back to work tonight in a couple of debilitating cases, one a suicide and the other a brutal murder.  According to CBS, “The Happy Place” will center on a hypnotist who may or may not have something to do with robbing a bank culminating in a dramatic suicide of a woman about to get married.  On the side, the rest of the team investigates the brutal murder of a woman in the alley.  It will be discovered later on that her two-year-old was with her when the crime happened.Sara Sidle (Jorja Fox) is still in town, and she reconnects with someone from as far as the show‘s first season.  She visits an old friend, Thomas Adler, whose wife was raped, beaten, shot, went into a coma, and been in a vegetative state for years.  Adler does something that people didn‘t expect.  Here are more details.Warning: potential spoilers. Read more »
After the worldwide box office success of the movie version of Sex and the City, plus persistent rumors of a Friends movie in the works, perhaps it‘s inevitable that the currently the biggest show in the world would be a highly candidate.  The ninth season premiere of CSI was able to show that the CBS procedural isn‘t only keen on forensics and special effects, it is also capable of pulling drama when it choose to.  According to CSI fans, Grissom‘s (William Petersen) at the end of For Warrick deserved at least a second glance from the Emmy people, something they didn‘t give him this last season. For his part, despite revealing that it is going to be his final ten episodes on CSI, Petersen is still able to lure in viewers (with some fans vowing to not watch a Grissom-less CSI when Laurence Fishburne takes over).  Some time ago, Petersen revealed that there had been talks to turn the blockbuster series into a hopefully blockbuster film for years. Read more »
Nothing was happy about “The Happy Place,” the last episode of CSI.  A woman about to get married leaped out of her apartment to a roaring bus, a woman is beaten blue by her formerly underage lover, and a man pulls the plug on her wife, who was a rape victim.  With “For Warrick” as precedent, however, this is quite easy to understand, as everyone is still predictably reeling from the death of Warrick (Gary Dourdan). Another surprising (or not-so-surprising) thing that happened in this episode is Sara (Jorja Fox) validating her belief that, indeed, this CSI life was just too depressing for her.  She upped and left, somehow ending whatever it was she and Grissom (William Petersen) had – once again.  However, unlike the last time, there wasn‘t so much as a ruckus when she left on this episode, not a letter, nothing, she just did.  Then again, Grissom himself has some eight episodes to go before he leaves so it‘s unclear if it remotely matters. Read more »
For the first time ever, CBS and Warner Brothers have worked out a deal with Grammy Award-winning rock band Linkin Park to feature the fifth single from their album “Minutes to Midnight” in an upcoming episode of CSI that marks the return of Lady Heather (Melinda Clarke).  Making this arrangement extra special is the fact that the forensic drama will be basing the entire score of the episode and its title around the currently released rock single “Leave Out All The Rest.”Scheduled on Thursday, November 6, “Leave Out All The Rest” finds the CSI team investigating a case involving the world of domination, prompting Grissom (William Petersen) to pay a visit Lady Heather in attempt to find some answers. Read more »
The opening scene of the last episode of CSI was eerie, which was typical of the CBS hit procedural.   A young woman was found dead in the park next to a lamppost. The weird thing was she wasn‘t on the ground, her eyes weren‘t shut, and there weren‘t any immediately visible signs of death aside from rigor bruises on her legs.  On the contrary, she was on her feet, cell phone tuck between her shoulder and ear  The first conjecture pointed to lightning the night before, but as usual Gil Grissom (William Petersen) was skeptical.  When the CSI team found more similar cases, a man on a bus stop bench, another hailing a cab, and an old couple who was bird-watching, they realized there was something more to this than random, lost lightning.  Also, we got to meet Riley Adams, the new girl whose first line was, “What, no gun?”As we count down Grissom‘s last episodes before he bids goodbye to the series that catapulted him to worldwide popularity, the CSI main man says there‘s really nothing like doing theater, and sooner or later, he‘s bound to come back to where he came from.  And not even the world‘s most popular show or some fans vowing to stop watching a Grissom-less CSI can‘t change his mind. Read more »
It is no question that the ninth season of CSI had been riddled with changes that have shaken the CBS procedural to the core.  For one, its once seemingly indestructible team lost a couple of members, Sara Sidle (Jorja Fox) leaving last season and Gil Grissom (William Petersen) will leave mid-season.  Meanwhile, Lady Heather (Melinda Clark) will make a return and a new CSI Riley Adams (Lauren Lee Smith) entered the scene to give the CSI team a hand. None of the changes, however, had been more jarring than Warrick Brown (Gary Dourdan) being killed off.According to CSI producer David Rambo, killing off Warrick (as opposed to just making him leave alive like Sidle and, later this season, Grissom) was just appropriate and helpful to bring out another side of the CSI team (who can forget Grissom (William Petersen) and his tearful eulogy at the season premiere?). Read more »
Last week, BuddyTV shed some light on the murder of Warrick Brown through CSI producer David Rambo‘s interview with CSI Files.  This week, we‘ll be tapping on what‘s in store for the rest of the season following the departure of Sara Sidle (Jorja Fox) and the eventual exit of the head of the crime lab, Gil Grissom (William Petersen).Although the CSI team is still grappling with emotions from Warrick‘s death, they will also be busy with pursuing a particular case that will unravel throughout the season. Read more »
It‘s not just the Linkin Park single that will make tonight‘s episode of CSI unique.  To backtrack a little, the Grammy-winning rock band will feature the fifth single off their Minutes to Midnight album in tonight‘s “Leave Out All The Rest.”  In fact, CSI will base its entire score on the single – it will open and close the episode, and portions of the song will accompany the oh-so-complicated love story of Gil Grissom (William Petersen) and Sara Sidle (Jorja Fox).  According to a CSI executive producer, Linkin Park is “perfect for the show and the conflict within it” because of their sound that is “full of strength and simultaneous vulnerability.”On tonight‘s episode of CSI, the team investigates a case involving the world of domination.  Grissom will visit the returning Lady Heather (Melinda Clarke) to search for some answers.  However, Clarke herself says that there is something else on Grissom‘s mind, and he has another agenda in his visit. Read more »
Perhaps it is safe to say that a lot of CSI fans heavily anticipated the procedural‘s last episode.  “Leave Our All the Rest” not only featured a single from Linkin Park, more importantly, it reintroduced fans to what some say is one of the most fascinating characters – Lady Heather, played by Melinda Clarke.  While some fans are divided on whether they want Grissom (William Petersen) to end up with Heather or with Sara Sidle (Jorja Fox), CSI executive producer Carol Mendelsohn conclusively said that a relationship between Grissom and Heather would flourish if Sara is not on the way.  Needless to say, this didn‘t sink well with Grissom-Sara fans.For their part, Petersen and Clarke both admit that there is something mysterious about their relationship – and that‘s what makes the dynamic so intriguing. Read more »
Perhaps it‘s safe to say that a lot of CSI fans were alarmed when rumors of a midseason exit for its main man William Petersen began circulating.  When it was confirmed (and that Matrix star Laurence Fishburne is sort of replacing him), a good deal of its fan base that have been loyal to the show for the past eight seasons vowed never to watch CSI again once Grissom exits.  Promises from Petersen to return to Vegas from time to time weren‘t enough to comfort fans.True enough, in a recent poll by AOL Television, 37 percent of those surveyed said they will stop watching CSI once Petersen makes his exit early next year.  This is huge, as the CBS procedural is currently the top-rated drama this season, averaging 21 million viewers each week.  Going by AOL‘s numbers, CSI stands to lose some 8 million viewers after Grissom.  Such downgrade will put it along the same level with Grey‘s Anatomy or Desperate Housewives, and behind fellow-procedural NCIS, which is currently riding on big wave ratings-wise. Read more »
Previously, we reported that a survey among CSI viewers revealed that more than a third vowed to stop watching the CBS procedural once Gil Grissom (William Petersen) leaves midseason sometime in January.  CSI is taking a break this week, with the next new episode airing next Thursday called “Young Man with a Horn.”On the last episode of CSI, the team investigated the death of a woman who was married to a man who killed someone twelve years ago.  Meanwhile, The Miniature Killer Natalie Davis was on trial, and Grissom appeared to testify about her mental state.  At the end of the episode, Grissom found a broken tile in Natalie‘s jail cell with a miniature piece under it.  As it turned out, it was a miniature version of Davis hanging with a piece of string.  This episode, as expected, reeled in 18.43 million viewers, the most for that night. Read more »
Thanksgiving is a time for food, family, and, most importantly, a time to plan your holiday shopping. The day after Thanksgiving is often called Black Friday because shopping malls are crowded with people doing all their Christmas shopping.BuddyTV wants to make that experience simpler, so we offer our new Holiday Gift Guide. We chosen the best gifts for TV and movies, plus a few other specialty categories to cater to your every need. Whether you’re trying to stay on a budget for your office Secret Santa or if you’re finding the perfect gift for that obsessive Supernatural fan in your life, we have great ideas for everyone. Read more »
After one week without a new CSI episode, the Vegas team comes back with a bang tonight with a crime that looks like it‘s linked to something that happened more than 50 years ago.  On “Young Man with a Horn,” a young and popular singer is found dead outside an infamous Las Vegas nightclub.  During investigation, they find a connection between the murder and a murder from over 50 years back.  As can be seen on the promo, a singer is being booed on stage that was followed by a dead body.  Young Man with a Horn is also in reference to a 1950 biographical drama starring Kirk Douglas.The CSI timeslot during Thanksgiving featuring a repeat ranked first on its timeslot last week, with 10.63 million viewers.  As far as the total viewers are concerned, it lorded over the movie Click on Fox with 5.34 million and a repeat of Grey‘s Anatomy with 5.09 million.  Further down the line, we have The Incredibles on NBC with 4.82 million and a Supernatural repeat with 1.69 million.  Speaking of ratings, the lead-out program of CSI, freshman Eleventh Hour recently received an order for five more episodes after an average of 12 million viewers, upping its total to 18. Read more »
The year is almost over, and BuddyTV wants to know which shows were your absolute favorites from 2008. We have a huge Showdown featuring 48 of the top shows of the year, from reality staples like American Idol to smash hits like CSI. You can vote for your favorite cult shows like Supernatural, or a small comedy like It‘s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.  We have shows still going strong like Grey‘s Anatomy and shows canceled before their time like Jericho.VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE SHOW OF 2008>> Read more »
On the last episode of CSI, Layla Wells, a finalist in a reality TV talent contest was found dead outside the Palermo Hotel wrapped in tablecloth.  Catherine immediately mentioned that the Rancho Linen whose logo appeared on the tablecloth supplied all the old Vegas casinos.  The first suspect was fellow contestant Kip Westerman, but would soon be absolved of the charges.  The probe would lead them to La Chateau Rouge, the owner of which was murdered some fifty years ago.  Then there was adultery and shooting and poker games.Meanwhile, perhaps it‘s safe to say that the news of Grissom (William Petersen) replacement Laurence Fishburne did not sink well with CSI fans (especially GSR die-hards.)  As far as the Matrix actor is concerned, he wasn‘t a fan of the show before he was invited.  In fact, he had not seen a single episode of the CBS procedural before he was approached to be its main man when Petersen leaves midseason early next year.  After watching a couple of episodes, however, he said he instantly became a fan. Read more »
The question on every CSI‘s fans lips is, can CSI survive without Gil Grissom at the helm of the Las Vegas crime lab? Despite being made up of a strong ensemble cast, CSI has been built around the strength and depth of William Petersen‘s portrayal of the complicated, brilliant Grissom. In tonight‘s episode, "19 Down" CSI fans begin to get an answer to that question, with Gil announcing to the lab that he will be leaving permanently and with the introduction of the man who is being touted as Petersen‘s replacement, Laurence Fishburne.Fishburne, who‘s distinctive voice you‘ll recognize as Morpehous from The Matrix series, is tackling a very Grissom-esque role. He‘ll be portraying Dr. Raymond Langston, a criminal pathologist who is teaching a course at UNLV on serial killers. Langston appears to be just as tortured and complicated as Grissom. Before moving to Sin City, Langston was a full out MD back east, working as a hospital pathologist. He is haunted and driven by a failure of his past, when he couldn‘t connect the dots of an ‘Angel of Death‘ at his hospital. Of course, this is only the most basic version of Langston‘s path which is sure to be dark, twisted, and very very complex. This is CSI, after-all. Read more »
Three more celebrities have been added to the already star-studded list of presenters at the 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards. Gossip Girl star Blake Lively, Aaron Eckhart of The Dark Knight, and Laurence Fishburne, fresh off his new leading role on CSI, will all be handing out globes at the January 11 ceremony . Lively, Eckhart, and Fishburne join several fellow TV and movie stars as announcers at the award show. The array already includes Drew Barrymore, Simon Baker of The Mentalist, Jake Gyllenhaal, and new mom Amy Poehler. Latina hotties Salma Hayek and Jennifer Lopez are also on tap to announce winners, as are comedy stars Sasha Baron Cohen, Ricky Gervais, and Seth Rogen. Read more »
For nine years, William Petersen has played a forensic entomologist and the night-shift supervisor of the Clark County, Nevada forensics team on CSI in front of 21 million viewers per week.  And in just a few days, fans will have to bid farewell to the character that made him rich and famous.  It seems that he‘s had it all for nearly a decade but Petersen says that was exactly the reason why he decided to hang up his CSI gloves. Read more »
William Petersen may have easily come to grips with the reality that he‘s leaving the forensic series that catapulted him to stardom for nearly a decade but his CSI co-stars are still caught up in an emotional mix. “[Shooting Petersen‘s final episode] was kind of awkward, because I think we all wanted to have a moment with him alone and ... tell him how we felt," said George Eads, who plays Nick Stokes on CSI.  "But he didn‘t want that. He‘s not that kind of guy.  So I think for that week, there was almost this tension of sadness, really.  He‘ll be missed so much by everybody." Read more »
The Las Vegas forensic team will continue to unveil the circumstances behind mysterious and unusual deaths and other crimes but tonight, it‘s all about saying goodbye to Grissom (William Petersen) as he makes a stunning announcement in the episode “One to Go.” In tonight‘s CSI episode, the team works close to Grissom‘s last open case, the "Dick & Jane" murders, but is shocked and distraught when he announces to leave the team for good.  Before leaving, though, Grissom offers Dr. Raymond Langston (Laurence Fishburne), who helped the CSI‘s with the "Dick & Jane" case, a permanent position as part of the CSI team. Read more »
CSI‘s been running for nine years now, which roughly translates to hundreds of cases handled by the folks at the Las Vegas crime lab.  And a lot‘s happened too—members have come and gone, either through the nearest exit or through more gruesome circumstances; personal and professional turmoil have come up at almost every turn; and whatever else you can imagine.  But the formula‘s remained pretty constant throughout those years: the team has remained largely unchanged, with new members coming in at a pretty slow pace.Obviously, that wasn‘t the case this year.  Warrick (Gary Dourdan) was killed by a rogue cop at the start of this season.  Sara (Jorja Fox) abruptly disappeared the season before that, in order for her to face her past.  And last week, Grissom (William Petersen) finally said goodbye to the team—but not after a pretty complicated case, the entry of Ray Langston (Laurence Fishburne) to the team, and a heartwarming (or cheesy, you choose) reunion with Sara in some rainforest.  In less than a year, the show‘s composition has changed considerably, and now that the face most identified with the show is leaving—if you noticed the opening titles to the last two episodes, you‘ll notice that Petersen‘s name is gone—the questions inevitably begin: would CSI still work? Read more »
From CBS‘ official press release:Dr. Langston faces his first day on the job as a full-fledged CSI, on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Thursday, January 22. Read more »
From CBS‘ official press release:The CSI team faces a forensics nightmare when a death at a fast food restaurant leaves the evidence covered in cooking old, on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Thursday, February 12. Read more »
From CBS‘ official press release:While Langston testifies at the trial of a respected congressman, new evidence comes to light that throws the case into jeopardy, on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Thursday, February 19. Read more »
Now this is what I call a pretty slow burn.  Last week‘s episode of CSI was the fourth episode with Laurence Fishburne solo, and we‘re settling in to a new order of sorts.  Then again, I sometimes have to remind myself: Raymond Langston is CSI Level 1, and Catherine Willow (Marg Helgenberger) is the new leader of sorts.  Just happens that Langston knows something that the rest doesn‘t, and we‘re still in the process of digging up his background and why he does things the way he does them.  Of course, four episodes aren‘t enough.For me, though, it‘s pretty interesting seeing Langston come into his own, being an authority of sorts without actually upsetting anything.  Last week his actions proved crucial in uncovering the truth about who killed Edward Griffin‘s mistress, although he admitted he had a lot of help in doing so.  Well, he obviously didn‘t do it by himself, but I‘m expecting that the time will come when he settles into his position and shines on his own.  Or something like that.  I must be blabbering after all that boric acid. Read more »
Am I the only one who got confused with last week‘s CSI?  Well, not that confused.  The idea is pretty simple; three totally different crimes that apparently have one person (and three different, money-driven identities, just to spice up the mix) in common.  That approach isn‘t really new when it comes to the show, but suddenly they spring that twist in the end—that the murderer is the common thread.  Okay, so that isn‘t a new approach either, but it took me a couple more views online to understand a little bit more.Tonight‘s CSI is not exactly different.  Again, the magic number is three—in this case, three crimes, within the span of one year, all happening in one establishment.  So perhaps I should expect movement back and forth in time, with the prerequisite realization in the end.  Then again, I might not even notice the confusion.  Tonight‘s the night Taylor Swift shows up. Read more »
In an interesting moment of synergistic cooperation, CSI is teaming up with Battlestar Galactica to make an episode of the series designed to appeal to fans of both shows. The episode isn‘t a cross-over in the truest sense of the word. That would have been fun, as the crew of Battlestar Galactica would have been almost as impressed with the CSI team‘s cutting edge technologies as the other way around. But the moment Marg Helgenberger saw a cylon CSI would be indefinitely derailed as the characters questioned their scientific assumptions. That would have been too messy. Read more »
While I consider most CSI episodes to be a good watch, on the basis of how they discover things (and how they deal with the surprises that come, sometimes, at the very end), last week‘s episode is particularly good.  And, no, it‘s not because Taylor Swift was the guest star.Remember when I wondered if I‘d be distracted by her presence, as is my peeve with most shows who recruit big-name stars as guests?   Actually, I wasn‘t.  Maybe it helps that we first found her with shortened black hair and a piercing somewhere in her face.  Oh, and dead, too, a fact that moved Nick (George Eads) perhaps a bit too much for a policeman‘s liking. But  I‘m a geek, I‘ll admit, and I was mesmerized by perhaps the most shallow of things: the transition between different periods of time.  Never mind if Nick obviously is in front of a green screen at the end.  I don‘t know.  It feels nostalgic, if not painful. Read more »
Remember that kid from E.T.?  No, not Drew Barrymore—she‘s the other kid.  The main guy, yeah.   Henry Thomas.   The kid who found himself with a much deeper connection to an alien lost in this planet. Yep, that guy.Now I had that out of the way, the new stuff.  Entertainment Weekly now reports that he will appear as a guest in an episode of CSI, slated to air this May.  It‘s not a comeback for him: he‘s never really disappeared from acting, staying active in movies throughout the past decade or so.  Then again, his television acting roles are much rare: his first small-screen role popped up only in 2005, and most recently, he took a two-episode story arc in Without a Trace. Read more »
So here begins another attempt to get everyone up to date with what‘s up with the stars of the entire CSI franchise—yes, all three shows, from Las Vegas to Miami to New York—in one fell swoop.  Here‘s hoping it becomes a regular thing.   Anyhow, let‘s get to business.  Two stories this week: one about CSI‘s Marg Helgenberger filing a divorce, and another about CSI: Miami‘s David Caruso getting rid of an alleged stalker.  (Horatio‘s got stalkers? Okay, I should stop kidding.) Read more »
I had to resist mentioning this on the title, but what the heck—this is episode 200 for CSI.  Two hundred episodes!  Nine years, hundreds of cases, a fair share of personal issues, two dead team members, three team departures (one of which was more of an internal shuffle), one almost shake-up, two spin-offs… should I continue counting the statistics?I‘ll admit, I was barely an adolescent when CSI premiered in 2000, and I remember hearing the concept and going “oooh” over it.  What was once the stuff of the local news and anything that followed the police and packaged as “reality” is getting the television series treatment—a puzzle being pieced together to solve the crime, something that I never exactly figured out.  It‘s been an up and down ride since then, the more compelling episodes mingling with the misses and the underrated ones; the serial killers getting more and more sinister, or outrageous, or impossible; the science becoming convoluted yet oooh-inducing—and I‘m speaking of the entire franchise. Read more »
You probably know this, but this isn’t William Friedkin’s first time to direct an episode of CSI, much like he did for tonight’s episode, the series’ 200th.  There was this episode that aired last season, the episode involving a murdered club owner found in a garbage trunk, and a then very much alive Warrick (Gary Dourdan) finding a woman he had sex with dead—in his own car.  Or you probably know him for the film The Exorcist.So why return to the series?  Perhaps one reason is his friendship with William Petersen: after all, the two worked together in the 1985 flick To Live and Die in L.A., and the latter still acts as the show’s executive producer despite leaving his on-screen role as Gil Grissom. “ He came down [to watch the shooting] for two or three days,” Friedkin said.  “We’re very close friends.  I’m just crazy about him.  I sort of discovered him, and we’ve stayed very close over the years and I’m not at all surprised by his success.” Read more »
We made it to another week!  And a very eventful one at that, with CSI airing its 200th episode last night.  So, this week’s case file includes the show’s executive producers talking about the show’s impact despite having run for nine years, and the cases getting more ridiculous, if you look at it one way.  (You might also want to read what the director of last night’s episode, William Friedkin, had to say.)  Also, to keep things rolling, a couple of spoilers for the teams in Las Vegas and Miami. Read more »
Happy 200th Birthday CSI, and what better way to celebrate than a spot of Mexican Wrestling Lucha Libre, well why not? Honestly when I first heard the title and basic plot of the 200th episode special “Mascara,” I had strong images of Jack Black in tights and a mask, trying to explain to Brass how his DNA arrived at the crime scene, this was then followed swiftly by him jumping a shark. But, as we all know well enough by now, we can’t count on our first blush; if the evidence changes, so must the theory.It wasn’t a raging gun battle down the Las Vegas strip, with the team chasing a whole gang of serial killers, who can only be stopped when they discover a new way to manipulate DNA or retrieve fingerprints from a dog‘s mouth. No, it was back to basics, with believable science and a good solid plot, with some memorable performances from our happy regulars and guest stars, especially when Lawrence Fishbourne lets Ray loose and pins a suspect to the table, followed by some LVPD window smashing. Read more »
Last week’s episode of CSI—two hundred since its half-quiet beginnings nine years ago—was about Langston (Laurence Fishburne).  It’s okay, especially considering that we still have lots to learn about the newest member of the team, but it’s a weird, fairly off-putting decision.   After all, this is episode 200, a testament to the longevity of a show that, arguably, changed the way crime dramas work forever.  There’s been quite a lot of hype surrounding this achievement, from the show’s influences to the show’s future, but for some reason this isn’t representative of what the show was about.  I don’t know.   It just felt that way.The episode, though, was special solely because of the involvement of director William Friedkin.   From the get-go it looks different—I don’t know what I was watching, and it’s funny when I veered towards comparing the opening titles to Survivor.  There’s the gritty, documentary-like feel, a cross between Cops and NYPD Blue that I can’t explain much.   You feel tension, but that’s all there is to it.  Suffice it to say the episode comes up short story-wise—perhaps it’s because I was expecting a lot more for this episode.  Maybe it was the victim of a last-minute shuffle from the network, but who knows? Read more »
I’ll laugh a bit with the last episode of CSI.  Yep, it’s one of those episodes that’s considerably lighter than the ones that preceded it—although episode 200 was, as I mentioned earlier, a slight disappointment—and, although some of the cases were pretty gruesome (spraying two people to death was particularly imaginative-slash-sinister), it still stood out because of its weird flashes of humor, and one that we’ve grown to love, 201 episodes later.Remember the two girls who did skydiving with Max and, half-fatally, Pierre?  While their who-loves-me-more thing was more of a red herring—things had to intertwine, after all, with the more serious double murder—it was built beautifully, at least from my perspective.  Nick’s (George Eads) reaction as the two gave their testimonies was just priceless.  “Are you serious?” was what he was probably saying. Read more »
We weren‘t here last week, but never mind that--here‘s another round-up of the news that rocked the CSI world off screen, and perhaps on screen, too.  This week, we‘ve got a marriage, a guest star, and a couple of spoilers.  But that‘s what you go here for, right?  Well... we‘ll see.  I must warn you, though.  The spoiler after the jump could ruin the experience. Read more »
Astro Quesssssssst!So last week‘s CSI finally trained the spotlights on two lab techs who should be creeping out by now: Hodges (Wallace Langham) and Wendy (Liz Vassey), and their apparently shared love for Astro Quest, that sci-fi series which obviously references Star Trek, with one character having droopy ears rather than pointy ones.  (Spock!)  For sci-fi fans--I‘m not one of them, I‘ll admit--this episode was probably a treat, complete with Battlestar Galactica‘s Kate Vernon showing up as a teacher who turns out to have killed--by accident?--the victim.  For me, it‘s funny for those weird daydreams Hodges has. Read more »
This week we only had the folks at Las Vegas to keep us company--well, Miami and New York were on rerun mode, but you get the gist--but the season finales of all three CSI shows are coming forward, so things must pick up anytime within the next month.   Oh, but we‘re still here with the weekly round-up, including bits (and spoilers!) from the season finales in question, plus William Petersen talking about the possibility of a CSI film.  Thing is, it‘s pushing through. Read more »
Thanks to CBS choosing to air President Obama‘s primetime press conference tomorrow night, there‘s been some changes to the network‘s schedule over the next few weeks.  Sure, you‘ve seen some of them already--Harper‘s Island being moved to Saturdays, for instance--but for our purposes I‘d like to talk about CSI: NY‘s season finale.Remember when I told you, during last Friday‘s case file, that the season wrap-up for the folks in New York will hit screens on May 20 at 10pm?  Well, the changes in schedule means another show has taken that slot, and the crime drama‘s season finale finds itself airing earlier than expected. Read more »
We‘ve seen too much of the spotlight focused on new (and obviously suddenly prominent) team member Raymond Langston (Laurence Fishburne) in recent episodes of CSI, so last week‘s episode was quite a refreshment.  And, perhaps, a reminder that the show is very much different from what we‘re used to.Or, am I the only one who saw a parallel?  Last week, Catherine (Marg Helgenberger) found herself returning to her very first solo case, which was eighteen years back, when the accused--since thrown into jail--demanded a retrial after accusing the evidence against him of being faulty.  Disregarding guest star Henry Thomas‘ ability to be annoying (which is a good thing), the story‘s fairly straightforward: there are things you miss the first time around, including the murder weapon--a hammer since virtually eaten by the tree of the victim‘s neighbors--and further incriminating evidence of the suspect‘s involvement and, perhaps worst of all, the involvement of another person. Read more »
It‘s finally happened.  Now that the season finales for all three CSI shows are coming closer, you can‘t help but feel the pinch--it‘s becoming another dry news day at the franchise.  It‘s getting harder to find good bits to discuss, but thankfully we found some of them.  A couple of interviews in this week‘s installment: the first is from CSI newcomer Lauren Lee Smith, who talks about how luck led her to her current role.  The second comes from departing CSI: Miami writer Corey Miller, who discusses the reason for the recent abundance of multi-episode story arcs over in sunny Florida--and, yes, a sneak into what happens in the remaining episodes of the season. Read more »
Yes, yes, we‘ve mentioned it countless times, yes, but the CSI finales are coming, and in a span of one week, we‘ll see all three shows wrap up loose ends, or perhaps create new ones.  Thus, this extra edition of the case file, with photos from all three concluding episodes, and if you‘ve been living under a rock, the date and time they‘ll be aired.  I‘m guessing you probably saw these slideshows too, but it helps doing this thing, even if all I‘ll probably do is regurgitate stuff.  And then I‘ll do the same thing the day the episodes air.  But anyway, ready? Read more »
With two episodes remaining in this season of CSI, I‘m starting to think that the running theme this year is change and growth.  Well, duh, it‘s very obvious considering Langston‘s (Laurence Fishburne) entry to the team, but look deeper and you realize the dynamic within the Las Vegas crime lab is slowly, slowly, slowly changing.  Last week‘s episode may have centered on Robbins, who is undoubtedly more established than the new members--more on that later--but it‘s nice seeing the new people doing some firsts on the job.Like, say, Phillips (David Berman), who did his very first solo autopsy.  He‘s been at it for years, but after enduring whatever they find inside dead bodies, and the occasional wrestling move, he finally does it by himself.  Long overdue, eh?  You had the gut feel he couldn‘t fail, but Robbins seems like a hard man to please, until he relented with a "well-described" cause of death for that woman who was found under a truck.  Unfazed, yeah.  A little nervous?  Can‘t scratch that. Read more »
So, what exactly came between Brass (Paul Guilfoyle) and Rita?  Last week‘s CSI didn‘t provide any clues: there‘s just the look in his face, which grew more weary as we got closer to proving that she is responsible for the death of her husband, an undercover cop who‘s infiltrated a biker gang and changed right before her eyes.  I initially thought I missed something--I felt I had to watch it again, but alas, I didn‘t get anything new either--but the point was actually that ambiguity, and that look in Brass‘ face.  So, you can toss aside the complications about the biker gang and the cocaine and the Kiefer Sutherland wannabe who gave Hodges (Wallace Langham) a headbutt, and that‘s all there is to it.  The ambiguity.Apart from that, last week‘s episode was pretty straightforward.  I don‘t think they tried hiding who was responsible for the death--the other bikers themselves--but, rather, attempted to ask why it would happen all of a sudden.  I guess the catch was, it became clear, from somewhere in the middle, that the wife had something to do with it--and she did, although I guess she didn‘t intend the murder.  Or maybe she wanted it, since she argued Joey--or Jack--had totally changed. Read more »
Did you ever want to know the story behind CSI?  Click on the link below to watch a video of the show‘s creators discussing the creative process behind the original CSI‘s pilot episode.Writer Anthony Zuiker and Executive Producer CarolMendelsohn talk about creating the pilot>> Read more »
Somehow, David Bowie was singing in my head before I got down to watch the season finale of CSI.  I guess I prepared a little too much for these words I‘m writing now, especially considering that I left everyone with the thought bubble about all the changes that happened to the Las Vegas crime lab just in this season alone.  I thought his song fits, and that‘s why I‘m quoting it in this little ditty‘s title.The ninth season was a very tumultuous time for the team in Las Vegas.  Warrick was shot dead, and Grissom, still reeling from Sara‘s sudden departure in the previous season, decided to leave.  The new people in the team also got their fair share of documentation, most especially that of Raymond Langston, the former physician turned college professor turned level one CSI.  I‘m sure you‘ve all seen the adjustments, the subtle (and not so) changes, the shifts in relationships and authority, and all those things that come with it.  I‘m sure I‘m written about it throughout the weeks I‘ve been covering the show. Read more »
So we meet again.  It‘s been roughly a week since the CSI season finales, and there‘ve been a lot of things, I know.  While it wasn‘t that spectacular in Las Vegas (although I thought otherwise, since that‘s what they usually do anyway), there was a missing cop in Miami, and there was a dead cop in New York--and maybe more.  Now, there‘s this five month wait before new episodes return in the fall, and that means the news tap would run a little dry, but right now, we still have a few things to deal with: what just happened.  On this edition of the case file, Emmanuelle Vaugier discusses her death in CSI: NY, and possible plans for the tenth season--tenth!--of the mother show, CSI. Read more »
It‘s another week, and what I thought would be some serious downtime isn‘t turning out to be just that.  The biggest news in CSI this week is, well, a lawsuit filed against the producers!  Sure you‘ve heard of this, but I‘ll have my own take on this later.  Also on this week‘s case file, Delko talks about girlfriend materials, and Mac talks about why he‘s happy with having a secure job in New York. Read more »
Continuing in this exciting week of Fall schedules, CBS revealed its lineup today, and while many shows remain fixed, there are some big moves.  The Mentalist, this past season‘s top new show, will get the coveted post-CSI timeslot Thursdays at 10pm.And one day after NBC officially cancelled Medium, CBS scooped it up and Patricia Arquette will now see ghosts right after Jennifer Love Hewitt does the same thing on Ghost Whisperer.More Fall Lineups:FOXABCNBCCBSThe CW  Read more »