Best Drama


Network: CBS

Showrunner: Carol Mendelsohn

Total noms: 6

Emmy pedigree: Four noms last year; no wins

2001-02 Nielsen ranking: No. 2; 23.7 million viewers

Pro: “The West Wing” and “Six Feet Under” may cancel each other out. Also, this is TV’s highest-rated drama.

Con: Does mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer have enough TV cred?

Unique vision: ” ‘CSI’ is unique in that every week for 44 minutes we take the audience into new worlds. The audience gets to stand shoulder to shoulder with our CSIs and learn by looking through their scientific lenses,” says Mendelsohn.

Critical viewpoint: “It’s a deservedly popular and a very entertaining mystery. Everything about it is done very well.” Robert Bianco, USA Today

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