In March, CBS announced the CSI team, along with some new additions, were joining forces on a new sequel series to the original show CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (which premiered in 2000).
William, Jorja Fox and Wallace Langham would revive their characters in CSI: Vegas. New cast members included Paula Newsome, Matt Lauria, Mel Rodriguez and Mandeep Dhillon.
CBS president Kelly Kahl expressed excitement for the project, stating at the time, “Twenty-one years ago, we launched CSI and watched in awe as this new cinematic series launched an entire genre and became a groundbreaking juggernaut that still has global resonance today.”
“We are thrilled to welcome the next generation of forensic criminalists to the CSI brand and unite them with the legendary characters from the past who we still love, including the extraordinary Billy Petersen and Jorja Fox,” he continued. “Crimefighting technology has advanced dramatically over the last several years, and combined with classic CSI storytelling, we can’t wait to watch this new CSI team do what they do best: follow the evidence.”