‘CSI: Vegas’ Showrunner Talks Cutting Kiss Between Sara and Gil

by Lauren Boisvert

The holidays are here, the year is ending, and fans are still talking about one moment from “CSI: Vegas” that didn’t happen until the very end of the season. In episode 4, “Long Pig,” the show teased an intimate moment between Grissom and Sara; the married scientists were supposed to share a kiss in that episode; that’s something fans haven’t seen since they sailed away together, but the show didn’t deliver. What gives?

Showrunner Jason Tracey commented on why the scene was scrapped. He claimed that it didn’t make sense narratively to have them kiss on screen. He also commented on why some of their other moments were cut as well.

“When you shoot something and the folks at [the] promo [department] get a hold of it, it’s a very enticing moment [to include],” Tracey told TV Line. “But from a storytelling standpoint, I think that when the audience sees where we left things [with the season finale] and how we kind of brought it all home for those two characters, sometimes rewards are sweetest if you kind of have to wait. We like the shape of the story that we told. I hope people don’t feel too cheated, but we’ll see how they feel when they’ve gotten to absorb the finale and see that maybe we saved the best for last.”

So, essentially, “CSI: Vegas” cut the scene so they could give Sara and Grissom their big kiss at the end and make it really special. The issue fans have, is why put it in the promo at all?

‘CSI: Vegas’: One Major Star Isn’t Returning for Season 2

Apparently, William Petersen will not reprise his role as Gil Grissom in “CSI: Vegas” season 2. Whether or not Jorja Fox will return is still up in the air. I imagine it would be hard to explain if Sara returns without Grissom.

Things came down to the wire with “CSI: Vegas” season 2; the network took forever to decide if it would renew the show. “CSI: Vegas” was supposed to be a 10 episode limited series; but, it has been officially renewed for a second season. Good thing too, because there was a lead-in to a new mystery at the end of the season finale.

There was a moment that showed a completely white room, with strange symbols drawn everywhere. A man with black gloves on was drawing the symbols. In the background, a news report of a serial killer played. It was all decidedly creepy.

Showrunner Jason Tracey commented on the ending, saying the new threat was writing “his own made-up language that’s based on the Voynich [manuscript], those crazy, medieval texts […] I’ll just say ‘there is a world of possibilities,’ but you might be looking at a brand-new madman there.”