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David Rambo Shares How He Got His Start

By Deborah
December 6, 2006 - 4:19 AM

CSI Files member Shane Saunders recently interviewed CSI writer David Rambo for his website Modern Day Sherlock. Rambo was kind enough to share how he got his start writing for the show, discuss his current project and offer a mild spoiler.

Rambo has been with CSI since it’s fourth season. The opportunity to write for the show came out of the blue. Rambo had a play produced at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles and was in the process of writing another one. CSI’s William Petersen (Gil Grissom) comes from a theater background and hoped to bring a playwright into the mix. Geffen gave Petersen Rambo’s name. The show’s producers read some of Rambo’s plays and called him in for a meeting. A week later, he was in the writer’s room for the story break for “Jackpot.”

The first episode Rambo penned for the show was “Butterflied.” The idea was to make Grissom’s journey a forensic expedition into his own heart. A victim who looked exactly like Grissom’s colleague Sara Siddle (played by Jorja Fox) was used to illustrate what was going on with the characters. At the end of the season, when a writing spot opened up, Carol Mendelsohn asked Rambo if he’d be interested. He’s been with the show ever since.

Fans of Rambo’s “Butterflied” episode should watch closely during the upcoming episode, “Leaving Las Vegas.” Grissom sends Sara a special gift.

To read Saunders’ interview in its entirety, please visit Modern Day Sherlock.

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