CBS has revealed the official schedule for this season’s finales. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation will air the final episode of season 14 on Wednesday, May 7 at 10:00pm ET/PT. The eleventh season of NCIS and the fifth season of NCIS: Los Angeles will end the next week, at 8:00pm and 9:00pm ET/PT on Tuesday, May 13. The following night, Wednesday, May 14, Criminal Minds’ ninth season will come to a close at 9:00pm ET/PT.
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CBS has announced the early renewals of 20 of its most popular series for the 2014-2015 season, including CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles and Criminal Minds.
CBS Chief Les Moonves revealed that the network is considering 18 pilots for next season, including the potential NCIS and CSI spinoffs, and they expect to add two dramas and two comedies to the schedule. Of those 18 pilots, Moonves said, “you only need four winners” so “you’d better be damn good or you’re not going to get on.”
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CSI Files previously reported that CBS has ordered the pilot for a possible CSI spinoff, which will air as an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation later this season. The series will focus on cyber crimes, inspired by the work of CyberPsychologist Mary Aiken. According to TV Line, Patricia Arquette has been cast as the show’s lead character, Avery Ryan, the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Cyber Crime Division in Quantico, Virginia. Here’s a tweet from the actress:
To all of you who who missed me on Network TV- CSI — y'all it doesn't get better than that http://t.co/D1Il6h54nv
— Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) March 5, 2014
CSI: Miami and CSI: New York have both been cancelled, but the CSI franchise might not be done growing. CBS has announced that an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation airing this spring will serve as the backdoor pilot for another potential spinoff. In a departure from the franchise’s usual formula, the new series will focus on cyber crimes, inspired by the work of CyberPsychologist Mary Aiken. The main character is Avery Ryan, the Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Cyber Crime Division in Quantico, Virginia. Here’s the logline for the spinoff:
Technology, as we know it, has amplified human behavior to the point where faceless criminals are committing crimes at global proportions with a touch of a button.
The pilot will be written by CSI creators Anthony Zuiker, Carol Mendelsohn and Ann Donahue. Zuiker, Mendelsohn and Donahue will serve as executive producers, along with CSI producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Executive Producer Jonathan Littman. Aiken is also listed as a producer on the project.
NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, Criminal Minds and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation will be back with new episodes next month—you can find dates and episode descriptions after the jump!
CBS has reached an agreement with Time Warner Cable (TWC) following a month-long fee dispute. The disagreement left three million TWC customers without access to CBS programming, and the network blocked anyone with TWC broadband internet from watching episodes on the CBS website. The terms of the deal were not revealed, but the agreement ensures that CBS viewers using the cable provider will be able to watch new episodes of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Criminal Minds, NCIS, and NCIS: Los Angeles when the fall season starts later this month.
CBS posted a recap of last season’s finale and a preview of what will happen when CSI: Crime Scene Investigation returns for season 14 this fall. (Spoilers after the jump!)
According to Digital TV Research, all three members of the CSI franchise were among the top five most-valuable imported drama series in Europe during 2012. NCIS was the number one programme, generating $205 million for European broadcasters. CSI: Crime Scene Investigation came in second with $188 million, followed by CSI: Miami with $168.4 million. Criminal Minds was fourth ($161.8 million), and CSI: New York earned fifth place with $124.6 million. Out of the top five, all but Criminal Minds are distributed by CBS Studios International (CBSSI); in total, CBSSI was Europe’s highest ranking distributor in 2012, generating $926 million from all of the imported drama series that are listed in the top 100.
CBS and Netflix have signed an extended licensing agreement for content in the United States, and CSI: New York is one of the shows that is now available for instant streaming under the new deal. Netflix customers can check out the first eight seasons of CSI: NY here, and all ten seasons of CSI: Miami are also available for streaming here.
CBS announced the 2013-2014 premiere dates, and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation will kick off season 14 on Wednesday, September 25 at 10:00pm ET/PT.
CBS previously announced that CSI: Crime Scene Investigation will return for a fourteenth season this fall, and today the network picked up more shows for another year. This brings the total number of CBS renewals up to 18, but CSI: New York is one of several series whose futures remain up in the air. Fans may not find out about the show’s fate until the CBS upfront presentation in May.
CBS announced the launch of the new CBS App for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. The free app allows users to stream full episodes of CBS programming; primetime episodes will be available eight days after the original broadcast, while daytime and late night programming will be available within 24 hours. “Our online viewers not only want to watch their favorite shows on multiple devices, they want deeper engagement with the programs they love,” said CBS Interactive President Jim Lanzone. “The new CBS App gives them the best of both worlds, letting people watch CBS shows on the best screen available for them, with a host of extra features that give them a richer viewing experience whenever and wherever they tune in.”
The network also announced plans to introduce similar streaming apps later this year, which would be available for users on all major mobile and tablet platforms, including Android and Windows 8. For more information, visit CBS Press Express.