With fans of dramatic television migrating to cable, CBS has relied for the past decade on the groundbreaking “CSI” franchise to keep viewers watching at 9 and 10 p.m. The three stylish procedurals, set in Las Vegas, New York and Miami, were created and are run by Anthony Zuiker, a fast-talking story hustler, who this week addresses the National Association of Broadcasters at its annual convention in his Vegas hometown.
Zuiker spoke with Eric Estrin about selling high school and college essays for $300 a pop, his million-dollar script that wasn’t, and why he does his writing at Santa Monica’s Broadway Deli.
I was born in Blue Island, Illinois, but I moved to Vegas with my mother when I was six months old. My buddies and I grew up in the...