It’s Official: ‘CSI’ to End Run With TV Movie
CBS on Wednesday confirmed that the flagship series in its billion-dollar franchise will conclude its run after 15 seasons with a two-hour TV movie. William Petersen, the drama’s original leading man, will return and reprise his nine-season, Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated role as Gil Grissom along with Marg Helgenberger. The movie will air Sept. 27. Meanwhile, CSI star Ted Danson will segue to CSI: Cyber as a series regular.
“It’s easy to forget this was one of the strongest, longest-running dramas in TV history and really important to the network,” CBS scheduling head Kelly Kahl told reporters, noting that the series was one of the shows that helped the network reverse its fortunes. “I’m really happy we can send it off in the right way.”
The TV movie was one of two prevailing CSI wrap-up plans that surfaced heading into the upfronts, with a short-order episodic run also briefly on the table.
In its 15th season, CSI was moved from Wednesday to Sunday, where it saw its ratings tumble double-digits year-over-year. The CBS Television Studios drama, which last season saw co-showrunner Carol Mendelsohn exit, lost its crown as the most-watched TV show in the world last year after network and studio sibling NCIS took up that mantle. (CSI ranked as the most-watched drama series in the world five times.)