When it comes to casting for “CSI: Vegas” season 2, showrunner Jason Tracey admits that he has a smorgasbord of characters to choose from. The franchise spanned three different shows, and he can essentially have his pick of old characters, depending on if their actors decide to reprise their roles.
We got Sara Sidle and Gil Grissom back for this season, but it’s been confirmed that William Petersen isn’t going to come back for the second. It’s still up in the air whether or not Jorja Fox will be leaving as well.
The “CSI: Vegas” Instagram confirmed season two in mid-December with a post captioned, “As long as there’s evidence to follow, you can’t get rid of me. Ready to dig deeper?” Fans were ecstatic for the news, commenting their support of the new season.
Now, Tracey has the enviable job of choosing who may return to the franchise. He has “New York”, “Miami”, “Cyber”, and the original series to choose from, and there are definite favorites among the casts. He told TV Line when asked about casting for season 2 before the season was confirmed, “We got everybody that we wanted for the telling of this particular story — but I will say that my appetite is large, and the world of possibilities from the run of the franchise across four different iterations in the past…. I’d be like a kid in a candy store if I got a Season 2, to kind of ‘go shopping’ and hopefully tap in some familiar faces.”
‘CSI: Vegas’: Showrunner ‘Excited’ to Tell New Stories
“I will say that there’s a lot more story to tell with all these folks that we’re excited to dig into in Season 2,” Tracey said. “I wouldn’t want to spoil too much too soon, but there were great ideas for everybody that you can’t get to because time is finite. And I’m excited to get back into the room with writers.”
Seems like there were more stories that season one wanted to address with these characters that there just wasn’t enough time to explore. Understandable, because there’s only so much time on a network TV show. Season one established our new characters, and season two will expand on their backgrounds and their new stories. It sounds like things are going to get interesting.
But, now that we’ve finally had some intimacy between Sara and Grissom, it seems like we’re going to lose them. Maybe Grissom will appear in a limited capacity, as a guest on a few episodes. I wouldn’t hold my breath though.