CBS is reportedly considering a CSI: Crime Scene Investigation revival as an television event series to commemorate the show's 20th anniversary of its October 2000 premiere. According to a new Deadline report, Jason Tracey (Elementary) would be writing the project, which is said to be similarly set in the city of Las Vegas and would serve as a direct sequel to the original series. The goal of the revival is to also to bring back several original CSI cast members. Series stars William Petersen and Jorja Fox have reportedly been approached about potentially appearing on the revival, but both have yet to officially sign on. The project is also still described as being in its very early stages of production, and the network has yet to officially give it the green light.
CSI follows a team of crime scene investigators working with the Las Vegas Police Department using physical evidence to scientifically crack unsolved murders. The group is originally led by forensic entomologist Gil Grissom (Petersen), a role subsequently filled by his successors Dr. Raymond Langston (Laurence Fishburne) and veteran investigator D.B. Russell (Ted Danson). Other stars of the long-running show's ensemble cast include Marg Helgenberger as Catherine Willows, Gary Dourdan as Warrick Brown, George Eads as Nick Stokes, Jorja Fox as Sara Sidle, Eric Szmanda as Greg Sanders, Robert David Hall as Al Robbins, and Paul Guilfoyle as Captain Jim Brass.
In addition to the positive response from critics and viewers, CSI was a surprise hit for CBS, at one point becoming the most-watched show on television at the time. It was also regularly featured at awards season, winning six Primetime Emmy Awards along with four People's Choice Awards, and was nominated for dozens of others. While crime shows have surged in popularity in the following years with many similar shows airing on television, the original CSI remains among the most memorable of them all.
Because CSI turned out to be a tremendous hit for the network, the show also spawned an entire franchise with CBS hoping to replicate its success with new characters and locales. The series would later head to Florida and New York in the spin-offs CSI: Miami and CSI: NY, with each show respectively starring David Caruso and Gary Sinise. When the original CSI came to an end in 2015 after airing on CBS for fifteen seasons, the franchise continued with CSI: Cyber, which focused on the FBI Cyber Crime Division. As Miami and NY had already ended their runs by this point as well, the franchise has been dormant ever since.
In the age of nostalgia, it's not surprising to see reports of CBS mulling a CSI revival with the original cast members on board. Even as a limited series event, the potential revival would likely bring in lots of viewers who best remember the series with the original cast when Gil Grissom was still on the team. If the project comes to fruition, let's just hope it does the original series justice. This news comes to us from Deadline.