This year, CBS brought back its 2000 hit series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and gave it a new name—CSI: Vegas. The reimagined show included a mix of new and old characters, including fan-favorites Gil Grissom and Sara Sidle.
Recently, CBS announced that CSI: Vegas will definitely be back for a second round in 2022. But the cast will look different because Grissom’s William Petersen is out. And Sidle’s Jorja Fox may be too.
According to Deadline, William Petersen is staying with the show, but he’s choosing to stay off the screen. The actor is also a CSI: Vegas executive producer, and he has decided to stick with that job. And the publication added that Sara Sidle’s contract allows her to choose if she’d like to return for a second season. Sources claim that they hope she does.
If Sidle doesn’t decide to remain with the series, it won’t be due to bad ratings. CSI: Vegas was one of the top five freshman series on television this year. The show brought 60% more viewers to its time slot, according to Nielsen data, which equates to 3.71m people.
CBS claims that the rating jump is the highest any network has ever seen.
“The incredibly talented CSI: Vegas creative team and cast did a superb job this first season, brilliantly updating and portraying the CSI universe with fresh stories and a new crime lab, proving that after 20 years, the CSI fan base is still hungry for more and ready to embrace a new chapter in this illustrious franchise,” said Amy Reisenbach, EVP Current Programs at CBS.
‘CSI: Vegas’ Showrunner Opens Up About Sara and Gil’s Relationship
As most CSI: Vegas fans know, Sara Sidle and Gil Grissom are husband and wife and very much in love. But in the original series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, their relationship was entirely off-screen.
However, in the sequel series, the couple finally shared an on-screen kiss. The moment marked the first tender Sara and Gil moment since their romance was first revealed in 2006.
And showrunner Jason Tracy was very excited to see his old-school characters’ milestones.
“It’s the most intimate you have ever seen them,” he told Entertainment Weekly.
However, Tracy admitted that showcasing the romance after decades of keeping it a side thought was a little unnerving. The writers didn’t want to make the moment awkward, so they intentionally created “a slow build” to make everything just right.
“Hopefully, it will feel like a payoff for those who have been so invested in the Gil and Sara relationship,” he continued. “It’s been really interesting to have the two of them married on screen for the first time for an extended stretch.”