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The choice to place this series in Las Vegas was not random. Among US crime labs, Las Vegas is the second most active, surpassed only by the FBI lab at Quantico, Virginia.
Grissom and Catherine are loosely based on real-life LVMPD criminalists Daniel Holstein and Yolanda McClary.
All the equipment in the lab is fully functional, and was either purchased outright, or donated/loaned to the show for product placement.
Before it was acquired by CBS, the show was first offered to ABC in 1999, but was rejected as "too confusing for the average viewer".
While the majority of the techniques and technologies used in the show are accurate and true to reality, the writers and crew readily admit that they "time cheat". Tests that take seconds in the show often take days or even weeks in real life.
A scene featuring Willows and Stokes making out was filmed for the first season, but was not aired.
Though not requested to do so by the producers, Marg Helgenberger attended actual autopsies over the course of the series for personal research purposes. The most 'memorable' aspect of the experience was the stench, according to Helgenberger's account on BBC's Breakfast (3 November 2011).
David Berman, who plays assistant coroner David Phillips, is also a head researcher for the show.
When asked about a possible CSI feature film, creator Anthony E. Zuiker said he'd like to wait until after the 30th season to make it.
The oft-mentioned Tangiers Casino that was built and owned by Sam Braun in the series is completely fictional. There is no such casino in Las Vegas or anywhere else in the world. The name is often used by television shows and movies to bypass any potential copyright issues, or if a local casino doesn't give permission to use their name or likeness.
In July 2004, co-stars George Eads and Jorja Fox were fired (by direct order of CBS head Leslie Moonves) for breach of contract. CBS said that they were using delay tactics (refusing to show up for shooting) to force a pay raise at the beginning of the fifth season. They were soon rehired, but without a raise. They both denied that there was any contract dispute - Eads says he just overslept on the first day of production, and Fox said she didn't know about the letter of intent she reportedly failed to sign.
The extreme popularity of this TV series was credited for a large surge of applications for courses in forensic science.
The original name of William Petersen's character was Gil Scheinbaum. He changed it to Gil Grissom because of his admiration for astronaut Gus Grissom.
D.B. Russell's full first name is "Diebenkorn," which means "grain thieves" in German.
In real life, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) Crime Scene Investigators (CSI's) are not detectives and are called Crime Scene Analysts (CSA's). Most present day applicants are surprised to discover that the CSA's so not perform most of the tasks depicted on the series. E.g. They do not interview suspects, they do not write or execute search warrants, and they do not make arrests. In real life they are directed around the scenes by the detectives and supervisors, not the other way around. Detectives are commissioned police officers (sworn personnel). CSA's are civilian personnel, not sworn and do not have the same arrest powers as police officers. However they are very skilled technicians, and are a component of the police response to crime.
Before Laurence Fishburne was named as William Petersen's replacement, John Malkovich and Kurt Russell were considered for the part. Malkovich really consider taking the part, but after talking to Petersen and Gary Sinise, personal friends, he didn't want to commit to a 10-month shoot.
Wallace Langham and Liz Vassey proposed to the writers the romance between their characters.
A fallout between George Eads and one of the female writers of the show prompted the absence of the actor for five consecutive episodes without explanation for the character on season 14, including the milestone 300th episode.
You often hear the characters referring to a four-nineteen (4-19,4/19, etc.) or sometimes a 4-45. These are the Las Vegas Metro 400 Event codes. The often-used 419 stands for "deceased person", while the less-used 445 is "explosive device threat".
The producers wanted to hire Katee Sackhoff to replace Jorja Fox when she left the show, but the executives at CBS and Jerry Bruckheimer Television overruled the decision.
Ted Danson's real-life daughter Kate Danson plays lawyer Jill McDermott.
Under the glass top of Grissom's desk is a photo of the series' executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
In response to a TV Guide interview that revealed Jorja Fox may leave CSI, fans began a "Dollar for Sense" campaign and sent over 2,000 dollar bills to CBS. The campaign also included three banner flyovers of CBS in Los Angeles, and flowers for her every day for a week.
Marg Helgenberger, George Eads, Jorja Fox have all appeared on ER (1994), but not in the same episodes.
This was the last CSI series to continue shooting entirely on 35mm film. The spin-offs switched to shooting digitally in 2009 in an attempt to cut costs. This series switched in 2013.
There were rumors of another CSI series, to be set in London and using "Eminence Front" as its theme tune, but the show never materialized and there are not presently any plans for such a spin-off.
William Petersen took a small leave of absence to perform on a Providence, Rhode Island stage during season 7, and the character of Michael Kepler (played by Liev Schreiber) was created to have a temporary replacement.
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The first crime scene investigator was Archimedes.
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The show utilizes a wide array of tactical flashlights; the most often-used light is the Surefire M4 Devastator.
Series executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer produced William Petersen's feature debut Thief (1981) almost 20 years earlier.
Grissom, et. al. use the Nikon F5 fitted with a multi-control back for photographing crime scene elements. As of the 5th season, this is no longer true. Most have different cameras: e.g. Warrick uses either a Nikon D70 or Nikon D100.

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