On the bubble for renewal for the second year in a row, CSI: New York‘s executive producers have no choice but to write a finale that works as both a season and series finale. Executive Producers Pam Veasey and Zachary Reiter provide insight to CSI Files as to what might happen.
CSI: NY narrowly escaped cancellation last year after receiving an eleventh hour reprieve. The series was renewed shortly before CBS announced its 2011-2012 lineup at May’s upfront presentation when the network shared what shows to expect in the fall. With only eighteen episodes this season, producers are deciding yet again how to write a season finale that could also serve as a final episode.
The biggest challenge for the show is finding a way to top last year’s finale, “Exit Strategy.” Producers received positive feedback from both the show’s crew and fans, noting the episode–which found Mac Taylor (Gary Sinise) contemplating a huge change in his life–was satisfying as both an end of the season closer and a series finale. Now, with less than a month to go until production on the season–and potentially series–wraps, writers are figuring out what to do–including possibly bringing back past characters.
“It’s hard to commit to those things not knowing the future of the show,” co-showrunner Zachary Reiter tells CSI Files’ Shane Saunders. “We have to sit down; we have yet to sort of create that last possible last show/possible cliff-hanger/possible last show before next season thing,” Pam Veasey shares. “We’ll see. We’ll consider everything.”
Discussing past storylines, Veasey marveled at the possibility of bringing Jacqueline Pinol back as Rikki Sandoval. “Anybody can come back.”