First 'CSI: New York' Tidbits Revealed

By Caillan
March 17, 2004 - 10:45 AM

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CSI: New York will take full advantage of its Big Apple location, redefining the feel of the CSI franchise, according to CSI Files sources.

The new series will reportedly be introduced in episode twenty-three of CSI: Miami's second season, currently scheduled to start shooting in early April. Following the trail of a double homicide in Miami, Horatio Caine comes to New York to work with his counterparts there on solving the murder of a wealthy Big Apple hotel magnate and his wife.

While in New York, Horatio works closely with Calucci, the lead crime scene investigator. Calucci's as cool as a cucumber at every crime scene, effortlessly observing all the little details that could make or break a case. Horatio and Calucci share a professional bond, but their working relationship also has the hint of rivalry.

Calucci's fellow CSI is Stella Bonasera, a half-Greek, half-Italian beauty. According to the character description in the pilot script, Bonasera has a take-no-prisoners approach to crime solving: "She loves science. Loves using it to bust the balls of suspects."

The CSIs will be aided in their investigations by a range of supporting characters. These include Detective Don Flack, from the NYPD's Homicide Division. Born in the Bronx, he's big, beefy and doesn't mince his words. New York's equivalent of Al Robbins and Alexx Woods is Dr. Sheldon Hawkes, the Medical Examiner. He's described as "a flamboyant, one hundred and forty pounds dripping wet native New Yorker".

The CSI: New York pilot episode contains many touches to distinguish the series from its predecessors. Calucci isn't your typical "science geek" like Gil Grissom: in one scene he chases a suspect across the rooftops of several Big Apple apartment complexes, jumping from building to building. Locations are also distinctly New York, with the medical examiner's office situated in New York University's Institute of Forensic Medicine. The 19th century building's autopsy room, where Calucci consults with Dr. Hawkes, is bigger and even more austere than its Las Vegas and Miami counterparts, with multiple slabs for examinations.

Please note that the above plot details have not been confirmed by CBS, Alliance Atlantis or Bruckheimer Films, and until such time you should treat this information as you would any other rumour. The above information comes from an early draft of the script and many details, such as character names, may change before the episode goes to air.

Directed by Danny Cannon, the Miami-New York crossover will air in May, 2004.

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