CSI received its inevitable renewal – it’s the No. 1 show in its Wedneday 10 p.m. timeslot – taking it to Season 14, and with that extension comes the need to make sure all the cast are signed on to continue their roles. In particular, Ted Danson’s original two-year deal is up, so he needed to renegotiate his contract to ensure his future on the series. Thankfully, it appears as though all the deals have gone through smoothly. No drama; no fuss. Everyone is returning for Season 14 and likely beyond. It’s a good time to be a part of the original CSI crew.
The particulars of Danson’s new deal aren’t all that interesting. According to Deadline, he signed on for another two years and his salary is well over $200,000 per episode. Also returning is Elisabeth Shue – she came on board with Danson as the new co-leads – as well as George Eads, Jorja Fox, Eric Szmanda, Paul Guilfoyle, Robert David Hall, Wallace Langham, Elisabeth Harnois, David Berman, and Jon Wellner. CSI: Miami finally bit the dust last May and it seems like a foregone conclusion CSI: NY will also be canceled at the end of the current season. CSI, on the other hand, has been going strong despite its age and will likely continue on for another few years.
On average, CSI is pulling in 11.85 million viewers, with 2.9 in adults 18-49 and 3.8 in adults 25.54. It’s no NCIS, but it does well enough to not be in any danger for the time being. Should CSI: NY meet its end, CSI will be all that remains of the beloved franchise. Maybe it’ll pump out a couple more spinoffs just to keep the franchise alive for as long as possible. They could do CSI: DC or CSI: Dallas. I see no reason why they couldn’t make a new series out of either location, or any location for that matter. It’s all about the crimes, after all.