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How do you memorialize something that is essentially immortal? There will be a time, presumably, when humans no longer watch episodes of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation or any of its three spinoffs (CSI: Miami; CSI: NY; and CSI: Cyber, which is still on the air) or read CSI-branded novels or comic books or play CSI board and video games or visit traveling museum exhibits like “CSI: The Experience” or suffer, while on jury duty, from the so-called CSI Effect. Just as there was a time, presumably, before any of those things existed — October 5, 2000, to be precise, one day before the CSI pilot premiered. Bill Clinton was still our president; Facebook and YouTube didn’t yet exist; and The West Wing and Will & Grace had just won the Emmys for Best Drama and Best Comedy, respectively. October 5, 2000, was also the last day before the world discovered »
- Adam Sternbergh
Like many Good Wife fans, I watched last week’s season finale in dizzying anticipation.
As TVLine had enthusiastically teased in the days leading up to the closer, the episode promised to feature a scene between former besties Alicia and Kalinda.That scene notably would be the first time in nearly three seasons that Julianna Margulies and Archie Panjabi would share the screen together — a separation that both perplexed me as a person and frustrated me as a fan of the series and, more specifically, these two characters.
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The mothership is being decommissioned. A few weeks ago, we reported that CBS's long-running series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation was officially cancelled, but there was speculation about how (or if) it might wrap up. After 15 years of being a flagship franchise, you don't exactly just go off the air (unless you're Law & Order -- a mistake NBC made that CBS is clearly learning from). A small note in CBS's fall schedule has now revealed the series' fate: a 2-hour finale that will feature the return of some original cast members, including William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger. That finale, on September 27th, will then be followed the next week with the season premiere of CSI: Cyber (which CSI cast member Ted Danson will now be joining). The circle of life. So CSI will be gone, but not forgotten. The show ranked as the most-watched drama series in the world five times during its run. »
- Allison Keene
CBS is sending CSI off into the sunset in style.
The network confirmed on Wednesday that the former juggernaut will end its 15-year run with a special movie event to air on Sunday, Sept. 27. Original cast members including William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger are among the CSI Mvps set to return for the swan song.
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CSI was a breakout hit when it debuted in 2000, averaging 20 million viewers by the end of Season 1 and ranking among TV’s top 10 shows. In Season 5, it hit a peak audience of 26 million viewers. »
CBS is saying goodbye to the show that turned the network’s fortunes around some 15 years ago. “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” will wrap its 15-season run in September with a two-hour finale that will reunite original stars William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger.
The finale will air Sept. 27 and feature other returning cast members who have been on the forensic procedural over its run. Ted Danson, the current “CSI” star, will relocate to the latest spinoff, “CSI: Cyber,” opposite Patricia Arquette.
“It’s easy to take it for granted,” said Kelly Kahl, CBS senior exec VP. “This is one of the strongest and longest-running dramas in TV history.” He noted its importance to CBS: “This was one of the shows that reversed our fortunes and put us in the right direction.”
“CSI” was a sleeper hit for the Eye in its debut in the fall of 2000. The show’s cinematic style »
- Cynthia Littleton
Avengers: Age of Ultron star Scarlett Johansson is no stranger to the Saturday Night Live stage – after all, the actress is inching up on Five-Timers Club entrance. Give the lady one more hosting gig, and she's in, along with the likes of Alec Baldwin, Drew Barrymore, and Justin Timberlake. For her fourth go at hosting the sketch comedy show, Johansson was saddled with a mostly mixed outing, one that frequently went for a timely joke (the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight, the unrest in Baltimore) and the obvious gag (a send-up of »
Plenty of comedy has been mined from the fact that network television is now mostly a wasteland of procedurals in which women are gruesomely murdered, but that trend’s origin show is coming to an end. CSI first premiered in 2000, where it quickly became a smash hit for CBS, offering a science-geared alternative to the litany of doctor and lawyer shows that dominated TV at the time. It has since spawned multiple spinoffs, and while CSI: Miami and CSI: NY are long gone, it appears that the mothership show is poised to join them. The writing has been on the wall for some time as ratings have waned, and current star Ted Danson (side note: Yes, Ted Danson is the star of CSI right now) reached the end of his contract with the 15th season, which aired its finale in April. CBS just launched a new spinoff, the Patricia Arquette-fronted CSI: Cyber, »
- Adam Chitwood
The return of Inspector George Gently topped Wednesday's (April 29) ratings, according to overnight figures.
The BBC One drama's seventh series kicked off with 5.85m (27.9%) at 8pm, while Peter Kay's Car Share followed with 5.68m (27.1%) at 9.30pm.
On BBC Two, Alex Polizzi: Chefs on Trial continued with 1.13m (5.5%) at 8pm, while Nick and Margaret: The Trouble With Our Trains interested 1.02m (4.7%) at 9pm. Inside No. 9 averaged 680k (4.7%) at 10pm.
ITV's Give a Pet a Home fell to 2.33m (11.3%) at 8pm (184k/0.9% on +1), while Newzoids dropped to 1.77m (8.0%) at 9pm (167k/1.0%). The Delivery Man gathered 1.10m (5.2%) at 9.30pm (98k/0.7%).
Channel 5's The Nightmare Neighbour Next Door shocked 1.15m (5.7%) at 8pm (87k/0.4%), before Autopsy brought in 672k (3.1%) at 9pm (125k/0.8%), and CSI: Miami was seen by 467k (3.0%) at 10pm (44k »
Last night, Fox released the new promo/spoiler clip (below) for their upcoming "The Following" episode 11 of season 3, and it gives us new looks at some really intense and interesting stuff as Ryan is spotted, totally flying off the rails to the point where someone needs to stop him before he kills someone, and more! The episode is labeled, "Demons." In the new, 11th episode official description: The Investigation Narrows In On Someone Close To Theo's Past. Description number 2: The investigation will lead the team to a dangerous serial killer linked to Theo, while Theo and Penny (guest star Megalyn Echikunwoke, "CSI: Miami," "The 4400") seek refuge from an unknown source with the means of helping them disappear. Meanwhile, Ryan is going to struggle with recent events, sending him into a downward spiral, and the search will continue into which agent has been accessing Daisy's laptop from inside the FBI. »
Recently, Fox released the new,official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "The Following" episode 11 of season 3. The episode is entitled, "Demons," and it turns out that we're going to see some pretty interesting and possibly intense stuff go down when the crew's investigation leads them to a dangerous serial killer, and more! In the new, 11th episode press release: The Investigation Narrows In On Someone Close To Theo's Past. Press release number 2: The investigation is going to lead the team to a dangerous serial killer linked to Theo, while Theo and Penny (guest star Megalyn Echikunwoke, "CSI: Miami," "The 4400") seek refuge from an unknown source with the means of helping them disappear. In the meantime, Ryan will struggle with recent events, sending him into a downward spiral, and the search is going to continue into which agent has been accessing Daisy's laptop from inside the FBI. Guest stars »
It's hard to believe that YouTube is just 10 years old. It seems like it's been around forever, and it's difficult to recall how we ever lived without it.
Nonetheless, it was only 10 years ago this week, on April 23, 2005, that YouTube posted its first user-uploaded video. (It was a 19-second clip called "Me at the Zoo," uploaded by site co-creator Jawed Karim, showing him commenting on his own visit to the elephant exhibit at the San Diego Zoo. It's been viewed 19 million times.)
Today, YouTube seems a ubiquitous part of our lives. But whether you post your own videos or simply watch those made by others, you're adding to the growth of a platform that has forever altered the formerly passive way we used to watch television. Here are 10 ways YouTube has changed what we watch and how we watch it.
Streaming. There was streaming video before YouTube, but it was »
- Gary Susman
Pop culture comes to life in St. Louis next month! It’s the Wizard World Comic Con May 22nd through the 24th at America’s Center downtown (701 Convention Plaza – St. Louis, Mo 63101), and boy oh boy, do they have an amazing line-up of guests!
Sure, you got the comic artists and cosplayers, wrestlers, a St. Louis Ram, a Power Ranger, and of course the ubiquitous Walking Dead stars, but what We Are Movie Geeks is most excited about are the celebrities from movies that will be on hand: Horror legend George Romero, Sharknado legend Tara Reid, horror hostess with the mostest (if you know what I mean) Elvira, Guardians Of The Galaxy tough guy Dave Bautista, Henry the serial killer himself Michael Rooker, Do The Right Thing’s ‘Buggin Out’ Giancarlo Esposito. Lord of the Rings Trilogy’s Pippin Billy Boyd, Captain America squeeze Hayley Atwell, and Silent Bob’s buddy Jay aka Jason Mewes. »
- Tom Stockman
USA Network is doubling down on WWE, bringing “SmackDown” over from Syfy next year as part of an effort to hike the volume of live programming on NBCUniversal’s flagship entertainment cabler.
The move of “SmackDown,” a slew of development projects, new programs featuring the Chrisley clan and summer scheduling announcements were unveiled Tuesday morning at USA Network’s press upfront gathering held at 30 Rock’s Rainbow Room.
USA Network president Chris McCumber made it clear in his presentation that the cabler is shifting the focus of its original programming to court a millennial audience. He noted that the generational shift of millennials now making up the largest component of the 18-49 audience is well under way. USA’s new shows are built around stories and characters that exhibit “bravery, optimism, self-reliance and hope” — all themes that resonate with millennials, per McCumber.
Alex Sepiol, USA’s senior VP of scripted programming, »
- Cynthia Littleton
A decade or so ago, CSI was one of the highest-rated TV shows on network television. It spawned two spin-offs -- CSI: NY and CSI: Miami -- and each had long runs before being cancelled. Will CSI: Cyber also find ratings success? Will it be cancelled or renewed for a second season? Stay tuned.
On CSI: Cyber, Special Agent Avery Ryan (Patricia Arquette) heads the Cyber Crime Division of the FBI. It's a unit at the forefront of solving illegal activities that start in the mind, live online, and play out in the real world. This crime drama also features the talents of James Van Der Beek, Hayley Kiyoko, Charley Koontz, Shad Moss, and Peter MacNicol.
The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's likelihood of staying on the air. The higher the ratings (particularly the 18-49 demo), the better the chances for »
If conflict breeds creativity, Nashville‘s Will Lexington is about to get seriously inspired.
Linn will recur as Bill Lexington, a hard-working family man who’s also deeply conservative — which will not bode well for his closeted son.
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The actor will appear toward the end of Nashville‘s third season, with the option to return in Season 4, should the series be renewed. His recent TV credits include The Lottery and State of Affairs. »
Don’t you forget about Molly Ringwald. Don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t!
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of John Hughes’ 1985 classic, The Breakfast Club, stars Ringwald and Ally Sheedy attended a special screening at SXSW (a digitally remastered version of the film will also be released in select theaters from March 26-31). Which seems like the perfect opportunity to find out what our favorite detention-goers look like three decades later:
Molly Ringwald as Claire Standish, the “Princess”
Ringwald starred on The Secret Life of the American Teenager until 2013, lent her voice to the villainous Dark Princess in 2014's Rainbow Brite, and will next appear in a reboot of another ‘80s classic: Jem and the Holograms.
Sheedy had a multi-season stint on Psych, where she played serial killer Mr. Yang until 2013, and most recently appeared in the off-Broadway production “The Long Shrift,” directed »
Last week, AMC announced that the companion series to The Walking Dead, reportedly entitled Fear the Walking Dead, was already picked up for a second season, with the show set to debut sometime this summer. Series creator Robert Kirkman teased new details about the series during a panel at the South By Southwest Film Festival this weekend, where he revealed that the show will not follow the comic books at all. Take a look at what he had to say below.
"It's not going to relate to the comics at all. From the beginning of the show one thing we've heard is, 'What's going on over here or there.' So the intent of the new show is to expand that world and show another corner of the United States and what's happening there. The timeline is taking place a little bit earlier timeframe than the original show. Rick Grimes »
“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” is at the top of the world.
The long-running CBS crime drama broke the Guinness World Record for the largest television drama simulcast of all time, airing in 171 countries on March 4, dubbed “World CSI Day.” The net announced the achievement Tuesday.
The particular episode that broke the world record, titled “Kitty,” originally aired in the States on April 30, 2014, and acted as the planted spinoff for “CSI: Cyber,” which premiered as its own standalone series this month.
The flagship “CSI” series has launched three spinoffs — most recently “Cyber,” in which Oscar winner Patricia Arquette stars, plus “CSI: Miami” and “CSI: NY,” both of which were huge successes but are no longer on the air. “Miami” ran for 10 seasons from 2002 to 2012, and “NY” for nine seasons, ending in 2013.
“World CSI Day” celebrated 15 years of the “CSI” franchise and the U. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Sheremet, who was married to Rimes for 7 years before splitting in 2009 after the 32-year-old "How Do I Live" singer had an affair with an also then-married Eddie Cibrian, is now telling all in a lengthy interview with Nat's Next Adventure. The former backup dancer talks in-depth about his marriage with the country superstar, specifically, when it all went wrong. Even before the affair, Sheremet says that there were a lot of "animosities that built up" between the two -- mainly because he claims he was also involved in every aspect of her career.
"I felt like I was never having my needs met so there was fighting," he reveals. "And I was so intertwined in managing her career that I didn’t know how to make the distinction between husband and boss, husband and partner, husband and manager »
$786.1 million. That's how much "The Expendables" trilogy made in cinemas worldwide, so if you're wondering why a television series is now happening, there's your answer. It looks like the concept of shit-tons of washed up movie stars joining forces is now going be tweaked into washed up TV stars joining forces. Deadline reports that Fox is working on an event series that will bring together "iconic" TV stars to team up and fight terrorists, but probably on an even cheaper budget than "The Expendables" movies. Greg Coolidge ("Ride Along"), Kirk Ward, and TV vet Shane Brennan ("NCIS," "CSI: Miami") will write the show, with the latter acting as showrunner. There's no word on casting yet, but apparently the project is moving along even as fourth and fifth installments of "The Expendables" are being worked on, along with "The Expendabelles" (Get It?). If any of those movies happen, we'll be surprised. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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