How do you follow up one of the biggest ratings smashes of this century? If you’re “CSI” series veteran Jorja Fox, you do it carefully. Six years after “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” wrapped up its massively successful, 15-season run on CBS, Fox’s character, Sara Sidle — and her longtime co-worker (and romantic interest) Gus Grissom (William Petersen) — will be returning to Sin City for CBS’ new 10-episode event series “CSI: Vegas.”
Originally commissioned for the 20th anniversary of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” in 2020, Deadline reported that the pandemic delayed filming on “CSI: Vegas” and led to it getting pushed back a year. The new title is an indication of how much the world has changed since 2000. Two decades ago, a lot more people needed help in order to know what “CSI” stands for, while in 2021, even the returning mothership has to be distinguished from its three different spin-offs, much as “Star Wars” picked up the “A New Hope” appellation in 1981.