The long-awaited CSI revival (2000-2015), announced by the CBS network last year, began to take shape. Paula Newsome (Pretty Little Liars), Matt Lauria (Dickinson) and Mel Rodriguez (How to Become a Florida Divinity) were cast in the main cast of the new series.
According to Deadline, William Petersen and Jorja Fox, who played former protagonists Gil Grissom and Sara Sidle respectively, are in final negotiations to return to their characters in the new version, entitled CSI: Vegas.
Initially, the new CSI would be a miniseries produced to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the debut of the original, completed in 2020. With the problems caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, plans were postponed and now remodeled to a regular launch, with the possibility of several seasons being produced.
With CSI: Vegas, the franchise returns to the city where it all started, after expanding its territories with CSI: Miami (2002-2012) and CSI: New York (2004-2013) and CSI: Cyber (2015-2016). In the plot, the Las Vegas forensic and criminal lab is in danger of being extinguished with a new threat. To combat it, a team of renowned specialists, among new and old allies, is formed.
Also according to Deadline, Paula Newsome will play Maxine, the new head of the Las Vegas Criminal Laboratory. A former basketball coach, she is a first-rate scientist and a leader in the field of genetics. Recently divorced, she struggles with her son’s drug addiction.
Lauria will be Josh, an experienced CSI who is usually the lead investigator in cases, with a knack for crime scene reconstruction. Born and raised in Vegas, he comes from a family of little con artists and scam artists. The actor has participated in three episodes of the original series, playing another character.
Rodriguez will play Hugo, the new head of the lab’s medical department. His character is marked by an endless fascination with the bodies that end up on his table, making the morgue his favorite place in the world.
In Brazil, CSI achieved fame in Record, where it was shown in prime time to compete with the then soap opera of eight at Globo. All 15 CSI seasons are also available on Now. Versions set in Miami and New York can be viewed on the TNT Series channel.
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