‘CSI: Cyber’ Canceled, Officially Ending ‘CSI’ Franchise at CBS
It’s the end of an era at CBS: the network has canceled CSI: Cyber, bringing an official end to the CSI franchise on the network.
The show, which debuted its second season this year, was the sole remaining holdout of the CSI franchise following the cancellation of CSI: Miami in 2012 (after 10 seasons), CSI: NY in 2013 (after nine seasons), and the original CSI: Crime Scene Investigation in 2015 (after 15 seasons).
Although the series starred CSI alum Ted Danson, the show never reached the heights of either of its predecessors in the ratings. To make matters worse, Danson was scheduled to leave the show after this season to join NBC comedy The Good Place with Kristen Bell. Ultimately, the decision was made to cancel the series altogether. If the ratings were that bad, I’m not sure CBS had much of a choice, although the show never had a great time slot to begin with, mostly airing on Sundays when the show wasn’t preempted. It’s a shame because I really did like this cast when the show first started. Oscar winner Patricia Arquette, James Van Der Beek, Peter MacNicol, Hayley Kiyoko, Charley Koontz and Shad “Bow Wow” Moss all brought a lot to the table, I thought. Hopefully, all these actors can find decent work on another show, and soon. Ultimately, I guess it’s an abject lesson about how slapping a franchise name on a procedural doesn’t guarantee success.
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