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CSI revival in the works to mark 20th anniversary

CSI: Season 7

Story by Jack Foley

A CSI revival is in the works at CBS to celebrate the landmark police show’s 20th anniversary.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network is in talks with CSI: Crime Scene Investigation original series creator Anthony Zuiker, producer Jerry Bruckheimer and the show’s creative team to bring back the procedural for a new, limited series.

Sources cited by the Reporter say the potential new series will be set in Las Vegas, like the flagship show that started it all, with original leading man William Petersen — who led the series for 10 seasons as Gil Grissom — among the original stars being eyed for a possible return.

Jason Tracey (Elementary) has also been tapped to write the script, having been selected by Bruckheimer because of his work on the producer’s Just Legal and Cold Case series.

The original CSI series ran for 15 seasons and spawned spin-offs Miami, New York and Cyber. During its run, it was recognized twice as the most-watched TV show in the world, while Quentin Tarantino notably directed a double bill episode, entitled Grave Danger.

It originally premiered on October 6, 2000. Later seasons would see personnel changes with Petersen’s head of the CSI replaced by the likes of Laurence Fishburne and, latterly, Ted Danson.

Read our CSI interview with cast regular George Eads