CSI renewed for 14th season
Story by Jack Foley
LONG-running police procedural CSI has been renewed for a 14th season.
CBS announced its decision on Wednesday when it also revealed that current stars Ted Danson, Elisabeth Shue, George Eads and several other cast members had all extended their contracts.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Danson’s deal is for two years, which would keep him with the drama should it return for a 15th season.
Nina Tassler, CBS Entertainment President, said in a statement: “CSI is synonymous with CBS and we are so proud of the series’ creative and commercial legacy and its continued success on our network.
“The writers and producers have done an amazing job evolving CSI, re-inventing the show around an incredible leading man in Ted Danson, the acclaimed Elisabeth Shue and our beloved and talented core of original cast members.”
As well as securing the contracts of its aforementioned trio, Jorja Fox, Eric Szmanda, Paul Guilfoyle, Robert David Hall, Wallace Langham, Elisabeth Harnois, David Berman and Jon Wellner are all returning for further instalments.
As if to underline the show’s continued appeal, CSI recently won the International TV Audience Award as the most-watched show in the world for the third year running and fifth time in seven years.
CBS Television Studios president David Stapf commented: “CSI is one of the top global franchises and is seen in almost every country in the world. It defined feature television and its whodunnit storytelling captured audiences since the day it premiered.
“We are fortunate to have had Carol Mendelsohn’s creative vision at the helm since the inception, as well as the talents of her partner Don McGill. The addition of Ted Danson has infused new energy into the series and we couldn’t be more thrilled with its continued worldwide success.”
Danson joined the series in 2011, replacing Laurence Fishburne as the new team leader.