Thursday, November 20, 2008

"CSI: NY" turns 100

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) – "CSI: NY," the so-called "stepchild" in the venerable crime franchise, is hitting its milestone 100th episode Wednesday night.

Establishing itself in the "CSI" family -- the mothership debuted in 2001, "CSI: Miami" followed in 2003 -- was fairly simple. Less than two months removed from its September 2004 premiere, "CSI: NY's" rerun rights went to Spike TV for nearly $1.9 million per episode -- at the time the largest syndication sale ever. Then it managed to shove NBC's warhorse "Law & Order" out of its traditional Wednesday 10 p.m. time slot (though temporarily).

But in the show's inaugural season, the overall look was more New York subway, circa 1970 than gleaming modern-day Big Apple. Network brass suggested a change.

"They redid the set for the second season, and everything was all glass and clear and you could see the skyline," recalls CBS Entertainment president Nina Tassler. "Then -- in finding those stories that are ripped from the headlines but a little Page Six-y, and in finding that New York humor and attitude -- they really established their own voice."

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