"CSI" dilemma: keeping corpses fresh

Wed Nov 19, 2008 5:46pm EST
 
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By P. Ryan Baber

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Proof, if ever any was needed, that dead bodies are big business: CBS' "CSI: New York" is about hits 100 episodes Wednesday, and the entire "CSI" franchise is about to strike the 500 bell.

No wonder co-creator/executive producer Anthony Zuiker is smiling -- he's managed to corral millions of American viewers into watching autopsies.

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: YOU'D ALREADY HAD SUCCESS WITH LAS

VEGAS AND MIAMI ITERATIONS OF THE SHOW. HOW DID THE NEW YORK

EDITION OF "CSI" COME ABOUT?

Anthony Zuiker: All these (spinoffs) were network ideas. The phone would ring, (CBS president and CEO) Les Moonves would say, "We want to do a 'CSI 2.' Pick a city." Collectively, (executive producer) Mr. (Jerry) Bruckheimer and all of us said "Miami." New York was pretty much the same conversation. We were looking to pick a city that was diverse from the previous two -- Las Vegas is in the desert, Miami is on the water -- and we wanted the ability to do snow forensics.

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER: THE SHOW STRUGGLED EARLY ON. WHAT

HAD TO CHANGE?   Continued...