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‘CSI:Miami’ Blog Updated

By Deborah
December 7, 2006 - 5:52 AM

Fans of the CSI:Miami Blog will enjoy the most recent installment. Co-Executive Producer Elizabeth Devine shares many examples of how the common expression “art imitates life” has been reversed. It seems that in the case of CSI:Miami, life imitates art.

According to Devine, the CSI:Miami writing staff prides itself on not being a “ripped from the headlines” group. They read and research, but rarely spin a story around actual events. It seems event spin themselves around their stories though.

In season one, the writers met with an L.A. Sheriff’s tactical team sharpshooter to learn the details of being an accurate sniper. They wanted to do an episode about a sniper attack in downtown Miami. After they began filming the episode the “Beltway Sniper” began terrorizing the Washington D.C. area.

In season two, they were filming a teaser about a plane crash on the beach. That day a small plane crashed on the beach in Santa Monica.

In season three, they wrote a 90 minute episode about a tsunami hitting Miami Beach. The episode aired November 18, 2004. A real tsunami struck Southeast Asia on December 26, 2004.

In season five, the wrote an episode about Amish kids going to Miami for their Rumspringa. On the first day of prep, which is when they get a script ready for filming, a crazy maniac shot Amish school children. Although the episode was not derogatory in any way, they pulled it immediately so as not to appear insensitive. Remarkably, the writers had no script or any idea for an episode at 4:00 pm on the first day of prep. They rallied together and had a script broken and written by 2:00 am.

To read Devine’s full blog entry, head over to the CSI:Miami Blog.

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