And the results are in! “CSI” has taken reigns as the “Largest Television Drama Simulcast of All Time” in the Guinness Book of Records. The title was previously held by the British science fiction series “Doctor Who.” Read on for more about this news story.
The show’s producers, Jerry Bruckheimer, Anthony Zuiker and Jonathan Littman, received the Gunness award bestowed upon CSI for successfully simulcasting the episode “Kitty” last March 4, 2015 in 171 countries. The day was dubbed as “World CSI Day” to coincide with two milestones: the franchise’s 15th year anniversary and the launch of its newest spinoff “CSI: Cyber” starring Oscar Best Supporting Actress winner Patricia Arquette.
The said episode was initially aired as a backdoor pilot on “CSI” last April 2014. It featured Arquette as cyber crimes expert Avery Ryan along with the show’s main stars Elisabeth Shue as CSI Julie Finlay and Ted Danson as the Head of the Crime Lab D.B. Russell. This laid the ground for the introduction of “CSI: Cyber” to a new breed of audience. The episode was re-aired last March 4 in observance of “World CSI Day.”
This world record is another feather in the show’s cap. The long-running series first premiered in Oct. 2000 as “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” on CBS. As a testament to its popularity, “CSI” went on to develop three other spinoffs: “CSI: Miami (from 2002 to 2012), “CSI NY” (from 2004 to 2013) and “CSI: Cyber.”
In 2013, “Doctor Who” attempted to hold the largest simulcast world record during its 50th Anniversary in November with a special episode that was aired in 94 countries, 6 continents and over 1500 cinemas, according to Guinness. The show originally airs on BBC.
Meanwhile, as per Variety, FOX is attempting set yet another world record, the “Largest Day-and-Date Launch of a Scripted Series,” by simulcasting the premiere of its high concept event series “Wayward Pines” in 125 countries on May 14. The show is from M. Night Shyamalan and stars Matt Dillon as a federal agent in search of two other missing agents in a rural town besieged with mystery.
— CBS TV Studios (@CBSTVStudios) March 10, 2015
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