CBS Studios, which produces the new series, tweeted a 14-second clip that’s the first publicly available video from the CSI revival. It features original star and fan favorite Gil Grissom (William Petersen) providing voice-over narration, while cast members both old and new are seen in a series of snippets from the upcoming episodes.
There’s also been an official photo released by CBS that features some of the new stars, including Chicago Med and NCIS alum Paula Newsome, at a crime scene alongside the returning Jorja Fox (reprising her role as Sara Sidle).
Billed as a “sequel” to CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Vegas picks up with a new team of Crime Lab members who have to call in a few of their predecessors for help on their latest case.
The Las Vegas crime lab is now led by Maxine Roby, played by Newsome. Another character to watch will be Joshua Folsom, who’s portrayed by Matt Lauria (The Chicago Code, Kingdom). Lauria previously played FBI agent Matthew Pratt in three episodes of the original CSI, and this is also the first time he’s done a procedural since then.
Aside from Petersen and Fox, Wallace Langham is reprising his role as David Hodges in CSI: Vegas. Paul Guilfoyle is also returning as Jim Brass, but unlike his colleagues, will be a recurring guest star. No announcement has been made yet about if other CSI alums are coming back, even though there’s plenty of reason to have them appear.
The original series ended with Catherine Willows (Marg Helgenberger) in charge of the crime lab, though she’s obviously left that job for Roby to be the new supervisor. Catherine’s daughter Lindsey had also started working as a CSI.
Crime drama fans will have to wait and see if this ends up being a full reunion-type series, if it’s only going to focus on select classic characters (i.e. Grissom, Sara and their relationship), or if the returning characters will be more passing the baton to the new group in hopes of launching a new CSI chapter.
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