The “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” franchise has added another spin-off to its list of TV series. Deadline reported that CBS officially ordered “CSI: Cyber” following a successful backdoor pilot in an episode of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (Season 14, Episode 21 “Kitty” air date: April 30, 2014). It was first announced as part of the 2014 May Sweeps season. Read on to find out more about the upcoming series “CSI: Cyber” starring Patricia Arquette.
“CSI: Cyber” will mark several milestones for “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, “one of CBS’ longest-running shows.
TV homecoming. “CSI: Cyber” will star award winning film/TV actress Patricia Arquette, who had a successful career in television with the the highly-acclaimed show “Medium” and HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire.” It will mark the actress’ TV homecoming in a lead role after “Medium” ended in Jan. 21, 2011.
Successful backdoor pilot. In the upcoming spin-off series, Arquette will portray the role of Avery Ryan, a special agent from FBI’s cyber crime division. Agent Ryan was first seen in the penultimate episode of CSI’s Season 14 Episode 21 “Kitty” (air date: April 30, 2014.) She was sought out to help the series’ main characters, “CSI” Level 3 Supervisors D.B. Russell (Ted Danson) and Julie Finlay (Elisabeth Shue), to help solve a cyber-related crime. Arquette’s character is loosely inspired by the previous occupation as a cyber-psychologist of Mary Aiken, one of the CSI producers.
New spin-off series. It follow the steps of the show’s previous spin-offs, “CSI: Miami” and “CSI: NY.” Both had successful runs on their own until they ended. “CSI: Cyber” is the latest one from the bunch after 3 years. “CSI: Miami” ended in 2012 and “CSI: NY” ended in 2013. As of 2014, the original “CSI” is the only one that is still airing on CBS. The show recently had its Season 14 finale with Episode 22 “Dead In His Tracks,” which was aired on May 7, 2014. CBS also announced earlier that “CSI” would return for Season 15.
First female lead role. Arquette will follow the footsteps of her male counterparts in the show’s predecessors. “Crime Scene Investigation” had William Petersen as Dr. Gilbert “Gil” Grissom (Seasons 1-9), Laurence Fishburne as Dr. Raymond Langston (Seasons 9-12) and Ted Danson as Diebenkorn “D.B” Russell (Seasons 12-14). David Caruso headed the “CSI: Miami” as Lt. Horatio “H” Caine while Gary Sinise starred as Detective First Grade Mac Taylor in “CSI: NY.” Though the stars of all the “CSI” franchise had female leads, it will the first time that a “CSI” show will be lead by a female.
Outside the norm. “CSI: Cyber” will finally move forward with crime forensics, which had been the entire storyline of all the shows. This time, the new show will also tackle problems that are related with the technological advancement and the Internet.
New title. The show will not have title that has a name of a city in it unlike its Miami and New York predecessors.
Creator-approved. Jerry Bruckheimer, the man behind the show, tweeted his enthusiasm over the its recent approval.
“Thrilled to have CSI: CYBER on CBS next season. #CSI” tweeted Bruckheimer on his official Twitter account.
Unfortunately, there has been no reports on the premiere date of “CSI: Cyber,” nor any official trailer released as of this writing.
However, rest assured that “CSI: Cyber” starring Patricia Arquette is set to premiere soon as part of 2014-2015 primetime TV season. Check out for news about “CSI: Cyber” and “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” including more recaps and spoilers, as well as other entertainment news, only here at Movie News Guide (MNG).