Original ‘CSI’ Trio Reunite for Cyber Crime Spinoff

CSI Spinoff

CBS has ordered a pilot for a “CSI” spinoff focused on cyber crime that reunites the three exec producers who shepherded the show to megahit status nearly 15 years ago.

The pilot will air as a planted spinoff episode of “CSI” this spring.

The untitled project will be written by Carol Mendelsohn, Anthony Zuiker and Ann Donahue. The series revolves around the work of FBI cyber-psychologist Mary Aiken. Jerry Bruckheimer and Bruckheimer TV’s Jonathan Littman exec produce along with the troika for CBS TV Studios. Aiken will serve as a producer.

Conceit of the spinoff revolves around the effort to chase technology-amplified larceny by faceless criminals who commit global crimes with touch of a button. Drama will center on Avery Ryan, Special Agent in Charge at the Cyber Crime Division of the FBI in Quantico and her focus on crimes that start in the mind, live online and play out in the real world.

Project reconvenes the original braintrust of “CSI.” Anthony Zuiker was a TV newbie at the time he sold his pilot script for the show in 1999. Drama vets Mendelsohn and Donahue were brought on board to help him run the series, which became a hit for the Eye in its first season in 2000-01. Mendelsohn has remained with “CSI” during its 14 season (and counting) run on CBS, while Donahue left in 2002 to oversee “CSI: Miami” while Zuiker later steered “CSI: NY.”

Since its debut in 2000, “CSI” has been an enduring procedural for the Eye, and its Gotham- and Miami-set spinoffs saw healthy nine and 10-season runs, respectively. Without a spinoff of “CSI” currently on air to franchise out the CBS Wednesday night procedural, the cyber crime-themed planted pilot could be the first to rev up the “CSI” franchise universe since “NY’s” cancellation in spring 2013.

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  1. camille0782013 says:

    I get so deep into shows like the CSI’s and then they cancel them to epace them with crappy ethnic ,family, same sex or other things not everyone is down with. Let us crime show fans have at least ONE show to enjoy. Next they will be hacking off “Blue Bloods”!

  2. mark says:

    I hated it when they cancelled csi Miami…Horatio was the best and had the best location. Then NY was cancelled, so no more Mac…those csi shows were better, especially since Grissom left!!!! I hope the spinoff has Horatio and Mac on it. That would be a great show!!! It makes me not want to watch the Vegas csi anymore….

  3. Frank says:


    Because the strongest part of CSI was always the well-researched and vast knowledge of how computers and technology work.


  4. mattzweck says:

    they should bring either csi new York or Miami back. not this.

  5. dji says:

    so this will be a cousin to intelligence.

  6. Sounds like “Intelligence” with Marg Helgenberg will have competition from her former shows producers.
    I recall that initially, Intelligence “spun off ” from CSI, but now her character has a different name, and no connection has been inferred, though when she left CSI, it was for the new position in D.C.

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