After inspiring a generation of forensic crime scene scientists, one of the most popular television series of the 2000’s is finally coming to an end. With 15 seasons and 335 episodes of solving murders for the Las Vegas Police Department, CBS announced that CSI would not be renewed and that the show will end with a 2-hour TV movie to air September 27th, 2015.
Once considered a rival of sorts to NBC’s Law & Order franchise, CSI took the standard police procedural and put a different spin on the genre, focusing on the forensic investigators that looked for scientific evidence at a crime scene in order to identify the killer(s) involved in the crime.
The 2-hour finale will feature the return of William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger as Gil Grissom and Catherine Willows, respectively. They’ll reunite with long-time cast members Jorja Fox, George Eads, Eric Szmanda, Robert David Hall and Wallace Langham, and feature the current cast of the series including Ted Danson, Elizabeth Shue, Elizabeth Harnois, David Berman and Jon Wellner.
Created by Anthony E. Zuiker, CSI originally premiered October 10, 2000 and became a massive hit despite airing on Friday nights. In the middle of the show’s first season, CBS moved the series to Thursday nights where it dominated the 9 o’clock time-slot, averaging 20 million viewers. The show’s success resulted in three spin-offs: CSI: Miami (2002-2012), CSI: NY (2004-2013), and CSI: Cyber (2015-present).
CBS also announced that the 2-hour finale wouldn’t be the end for all the characters on the original CSI; Ted Danson’s character, D.B. Russell, will join the main cast of CSI: Cyber next fall, which stars Patricia Arquette.