You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Original ‘CSI’ Trio Reunite for Cyber Crime 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.

More TV

  • Charlie Rose Sexual Misconduct

    Charlie Rose's Walter Cronkite Award Revoked by Journalism School

    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 […]

  • Peter Baldwin

    Emmy-Winning TV Director Peter Baldwin Dies at 86

    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 […]

  • THE 91ST ANNUAL MACY'S THANKSGIVING DAY

    NBC Feasts on Strong Turnout for Thanksgiving Day Parade, Football

    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 […]

  • imagine dragons

    Imagine Dragons Rules TV Ads With 'Believer,' 'Thunder'

    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 […]

  • Jon Barnthal Remote Controlled Podcast

    Remote Controlled: 'The Punisher' Star Jon Bernthal on Why the Role Scared Him

    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 […]

  • Hakeem Kae-Kazim to Play Cesil Colby

    Hakeem Kae-Kazim to Play Cesil Colby in ‘Dynasty’ (EXCLUSIVE)

    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 […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content