"CSI" Takes Manhattan
Fri Jan 16,10:45 PM ET
By Sarah Hall
An imagined conversation from within the CBS boardroom: "Life at the top is good." "Sure is--why stop now?"
The Eye network is looking to expand its reign of ratings domination by adding a third edition of CSI to its roster.
The original CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, set in Las Vegas, is the nation's most-watched show, averaging 26 million viewers per week. Spinoff CSI: Miami is no slouch either, holding down the number six slot in the weekly Nielsen ratings.
The two shows follow the work of police crime scene investigators who use only the most high-tech methods to crack tough cases.
In this long-anticipated third incarnation of the hit show, the crackerjack team of forensic sleuths will be going about their trade on a little island known as Manhattan.
The spinoff has been expected ever since CSI: Miami debuted in 2002 to sky-high ratings--however, the location of the newest member of the CSI family has remained a mystery until now.
CSI creator Anthony Zuicker will assume day-to-day supervision duty over this latest crime scene oeuvre. A threesome of heavy-hitters will produce the series: CBS Productions, Alliance Atlantis and explosion-master Jerry Bruckheimer.
Industry gossips have suggested that producers may be introducing a twist to set the third installment apart from the first two. CBS remained mum on the subject.
CSI: New York is scheduled to bow this fall, a network spokesman said Friday. CBS bossman Les Moonves was expected to make a formal announcement regarding the series on Saturday