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‘CSI’ Revival in the Works as CBS Event Series

Crime procedural franchise marks its 20th anniversary this year

CBS in early discussions for an event series revival of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” an individual with knowledge tells TheWrap.

The limited return of the network’s long-running, crime procedural would be done to help mark the franchise’s 20th anniversary, which will come in October. The show’s creative team, including Anthony Zuiker and Jerry Bruckheimer are in discussions to return for the limited run, which would be a sequel to the flagship “CSI” series, which ended in 2015.

Both CBS and CBS TV Studios, which produces the series, declined to comment.

“CSI” first premiered in October of 2000 was CBS’ longest-running TV franchise, until “NCIS” surpassed it a few years ago. It ran for 15 seasons, airing a special two-hour finale movie in 2015. It also spawned three spinoffs: “CSI: Miami” which starred David Caruso, the Gary Sinease-led “CSI: NY” and the short-lived “CSI: Cyber,” which featured Patricia Arquette.

The flagship “CSI” took place in Las Vegas and followed a team of crime-scene investigators for the LVPD. That cast included William Petersen, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads, Gary Dourdan and Paul Guilfoyle. Petersen left as Gil Grissom after the 10th season and was replaced by Laurence Fishburne, who himself was later replaced by Ted Danson.

Deadline first reported the news of the possible revival.