CBS Orders “CSI: Vegas,” Marking Return of Fan Favorites Gil and Sara

The popular “CSI” TV series franchise is making a comeback, and Las Vegas will be the setting for its next incarnation.

CBS has ordered “CSI: Vegas,” a spin-off (sequel, technically) of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.”

The original “CSI” premiered Oct. 6, 2000, begging the question, “Where in the holy hell did those two decades go?”

CSI: Vegas

Every TV show should have a colon and the word “Vegas.” Examples include “Vega$: Vegas” and “Las Vegas: Vegas.”

“CSI: Vegas” will mark the return of fan favorites William Petersen (Gil Grissom), Jorja Fox (Sara Sidle) and Wallace Langham (David Hodges).

New series regulars include Paula Newsome, Matt Lauria, Mel Rodriguez and Mandeep Dhillon, whoever they might be.

The original “CSI” ran for 15 seasons, which is about 170 in TV series years.

The logline for the new show tracks with what you might expect: “‘CSI: Vegas’ opens a brand new chapter in Las Vegas, the city where it all began. Facing an existential threat that could bring down the Crime Lab, a brilliant new team of forensic investigators must welcome back old
friends and deploy new techniques to preserve and serve justice in Sin City.”

While the original “CSI” was set in Las Vegas, the show rarely shot here, and Las Vegas was little more than a backdrop, often used for second unit shoots, mostly exteriors of streets and buildings.

The prime location for “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” was Santa Clarita, California, as the area has similarities to Las Vegas.

Visual similarities. Santa Clarita is a lot less fun than Las Vegas, obviously.

Las Vegas needs more large bodies of water, apparently.

We’d love to see more “CSI: Vegas” shot in Las Vegas this time around.

Come on, cast members. Where would you rather hang out, Las Vegas or Valencia? Um, hello.

It’s unknown if a renewed interest in “CSI” could resurrect the “CSI: The Experience” attraction that closed at MGM Grand due to the pandemic.

We look forward to another round of crime-solving adventures with the “CSI” crew, and we trust Sin City’s fingerprints will be all over “CSI: Vegas.”

4 thoughts on “CBS Orders “CSI: Vegas,” Marking Return of Fan Favorites Gil and Sara

  1. Jan WALKER

    The Las Vegas (Nevada Film Commission) should call CBS and ask them to shoot the new show here in Las Vegas. Give them incentives !!!

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    1. Jackson

      That process would have had to happen before pre-production started. It’s simply too late now. The preliminary budgets for the show are done. (You need a fairly complete budget so the Network can decide if the show will be profitable.)

      Additionally, CSI’s old shooting location in the Santa Clarita area is part of the Studio Zone. The Studio Zone is the 30-mile zone around Hollywood where production companies can film without paying actors/crew extra according to union contracts. Outside of the zone, productions are required to provide things like lodging for the actors.

      I’m speculating, but I imagine one of Mr. Peterson’s conditions for returning to the franchise is that it’s shot in the Studio Zone because that’s where he lives. If that’s true, no amount of money from the Nevada Film Office will get the production to shoot in Las Vegas.

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  2. Michael Alexakis

    So territorial… These words are likely to start a feud with the blogmaster of Vital Valencia, it’s a fine municipality. they have Magic Mushrooms I mean Magic Mountain… I dated women from Valencia, mighty fine women from Valencia, strong backbones, they willingly gave me the time of day when I asked, which is a lot more than I usually got… I once saw two young ladies from Valencia making out in the backyard at a house party… It was nice…

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