Aired since October in the United States, “CSI: Vegas”, the sequel to the series “CSI,” has been renewed for a season 2 by CBS. But without Gil Grissom since William Petersen, present in the first 10 episodes, will not come back.
First announced as an event mini-series, the CSI sequel, entitled CSI: Vegas, will finally be entitled to a season 2, which will be broadcast during the 2022-2023 season on the American channel CBS.
Launched on October 6 on the other side of the Atlantic, CSI: Vegas sees Gil Grissom (William Petersen) and Sara Sidle (Jorja Fox) resume service and join a new team of experts from the Las Vegas forensic science, led by Max Roby (Paula Newsome). As Jim Brass (Paul Guilfoyle) comes under a violent attack, they understand that he could be the first pawn in a formidable conspiracy that threatens them all.
And if Paula Newsome, Matt Lauria, Mandeep Dhillon and Mel Rodriguez, who embody the new investigators of the series, will obviously be back for this second season whose episode number has not yet been communicated, fans of the franchise Experts can already prepare not to find Grissom.
According to Deadline, William Petersen had only signed for the 10 episodes of the first season and will therefore not be back, even if he retains his hat as executive producer. As for Jorja Fox, her contract allows her to continue in the skin of Sara Sidle if she wishes, and, still according to Deadline, the producers of the series seem rather confident about her presence in season 2.
It remains to be seen whether other former characters of the franchise could in turn appear in CIS: Vegas, in order to fill the void left by Petersen’s departure and to satisfy die-hard CSI fans.
After all, with an original series that spanned 15 seasons and spawned three spin-offs, including CSI: Miami and CSI: Manhattan, the possibilities seem endless.
“I’d be like a kid in a candy store if I got a season 2”, the showrunner Jason Tracey told TVLine a few days ago. “I’ll do my shopping and with any luck I could bring back some familiar faces”. So, will Catherine Willows (Marg Helgenberger), Nick Stokes (George Eads) or Horatio Caine (David Caruso) be the next to join Max Roby’s team?
With 7 million viewers on average (replay on D + 7 included), CSI: Vegas stands out as a great success for CBS, which can boast of having had a good start to the 2021-2022 season since its other novelties, NCIS: Hawaii, FBI: International and The Ghosts, received an order of additional episodes allowing them to offer a full season to viewers.
No French broadcaster has yet been announced and TF1, which broadcast the previous series of the franchise, has not yet commented on the possible purchase of CSI: Vegas.