A drama series that has been an institution on broadcast prime time has arrived at the end of its run. The AP reports that CBS will mark the end of “CSI” with a two-hour reunion show Sunday.
The show about forensics premiered in October 2000 and became a smash hit. Set in Las Vegas, it spawned the long-running spinoffs “CSI: Miami” and “CSI: New York,” along with the most recent addition to the franchise, “CSI: Cyber,” which will continue after the mothership docks.
“The two-hour farewell brings back bygone stars including Marg Helgenberger (who played exotic-dancer-turned-investigator Catherine Willows until departing three seasons ago) and [William] Petersen (who headlined for eight-plus seasons as lab boss Gil Grissom),” the AP notes.
Petersen, who left “CSI” in 2008, said being back on the set for the reunion “was like no time had passed. It felt like yesterday.”
Commenting on the show’s durability, Petersen noted that its early years were marked by a period of confusion and disillusionment in American culture, fueled by a disputed presidential election in 2000 followed by the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
“What our show did was give you the truth,” he said. “You can be confused about many things, but this little piece of lint that we found on the floor, you can count on that. Granted, it was just one small truth about one particular case, but it was something you could touch and see and trust in.”