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Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Eric Overmyer
Cast: Jennifer Finnigan, Kimberly Elise, John Carroll Lynch
Last season’s logline: Annabeth’s (Finnigan) professional and personal lives were turned upside down when, for the first time, she lost a case in the District Attorney’s Office and her husband died in a car crash.
Last season’s viewers: 10.3 million
Tidbit: Annabeth will have a new boss this season as well as two new investigators who will help prosecute ripped-from-the-headlines cases.
Producers: Josh Berman, Danny Cannon, Cindy Chvatal, Carol Mendelsohn, Jonathan Littman, Naren Shankar
Showrunners: Mendelsohn, Shankar
Cast: William Petersen, Marg Helgenberger, Gary Dourdan
Last season’s logline: Captain Jim Brass (Paul Guilfoyle) was shot in the line of duty during a casino raid. His recovery led to the revelation that Grissom (Petersen) and Sara (Jorja Fox) have been involved in a romantic relationship.
Last season’s viewers: 25.2 million
Tidbit: Going into its seventh season with all original cast members. CSI: MIAMI
Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer, Danny Cannon, Ann Donahue, Jonathan Littman, Carol Mendelsohn, Anthony Zuiker
Cast: David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez
Last season’s logline: Horatio Caine (Caruso) tangled with the Mal Noche gang. Instead of killing Caine, the Mal Noche killed his wife, Marisol, who also happened to be the sister of Eric Delko (Rodriguez).
Last season’s viewers: 18.1 million
Tidbit: “CSI: Miami” will begin next season shooting in Brazil. CSI: NY
Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer, Danny Cannon, Ann Donahue, Andrew Lipsitz, Jonathan Littman, Carol Mendelsohn, Pam Veasey, Anthony Zuiker
Showrunners: Veasey, Zuiker
Cast: Gary Sinise, Melina Kanakaredes, Carmine Giovinazzo
Last season’s logline: The team faces its toughest challenge when a bomber uses random cell phone pagers to detonate C-4 bombs across the city, and a member of the team fights for his life when seriously injured during one of the explosions.
Last season’s viewers: 14 million
Tidbit: The cast of “CSI: NY” comprises either native New Yorkers (Eddie Cahill and Giovinazzo) or cast members who have lived there for many years. COLD CASE
Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Meredith Stiehm, Veena Sud
Cast: Kathryn Morris, Danny Pino, John Finn
Last season’s logline: Normally a by-the-book investigator, Lilly (Morris) becomes so enthralled with the victim in the final episode that she breaks procedural rules, putting herself and the other investigators in danger.
Last season’s viewers: 14.4 million
Tidbit: The series utilizes original music in each episode — from artists including Bruce Springsteen, Johnny Cash and Billy Joel — to set the tone of the year in which they are investigating. WITHOUT A TRACE
Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Jan Nash, Hank Steinberg, Greg Walker,
Showrunners: Walker, Nash
Cast: Anthony LaPaglia, Poppy Montgomery, Marianne Jean-Baptiste
Last season’s logline: Following Jack’s (LaPaglia) messy divorce, he began a relationship with fellow FBI agent Anne Cassidy (Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio), who announced she was pregnant in the season finale, and Martin (Eric Close), who developed an addiction to pain medication as a result of being shot, finally got the help he needed.
Last season’s viewers: 18.7 million
Tidbit: “Trace” was responsible for helping to find four missing children via the PSAs that air during the show. THE AMAZING RACE
Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Bertram van Munster, Hayma (Screech) Washington
Showrunner: van Munster
Host: Phil Keoghan
Last season’s logline: After traveling to 10 countries on five continents and logging more than 59,000 miles in under 30 days, best friends BJ and Tyler were the first to cross the finish line and win $1 million.
Last season’s viewers: 9.9 million
Tidbit: Season nine constituted the most miles traveled in the least amount of days.