The CSI franchise is spawning yet another series, this time set in the FBI’s Cyber Crime Division in Quantico, Virginia. While there’s no official name yet for the new CBS show, there is a lead, as Medium and True Romance star Patricia Arquette is set to be front and center of a team tasked with solving crimes that “start in the mind, live online, and play out in the real world.”
Arquette’s Medium, a supernatural procedural drama, aired on NBC from January 2005 to January 2011 and coincidentally ran directly against CBS’s CSI: Miami and, in later seasons, CSI: NY. Arquette won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her fictionalized portrayal of real-life medium Allison DuBois in its first season on air.
Her newest role as Special Agent Avery Ryan will put her in the driver’s seat like her fellow CSI counterparts William Petersen, David Caruso and Gary Sinise. This latest incarnation of the franchise breaks from the formula of a highly (and improbably) credentialed team of forensic scientists who also happen to pack heat and regularly find themselves battling it out with bad guys, by taking the lab out of state funded police headquarters, throwing viewers into the world of the Federal Government and probably going apeshit crazy with the insane 3D computer models, impossible zooms and other fantastically fun fantasy science.
The “CSI Effect,” an actual term used to describe the wholly unrealistic portrayal of forensic science in the shows, is half the fun of watching. Being that Arquette’s Agent Ryan will have the deep pockets of the FBI at her disposal, I expect nothing less than scientifically inaccurate insanity to the point of absurdity.
CSI: Quantico (as I’m calling it), is being written and produced by Carol Mendelsohn, Ann Donahue and Anthony E. Zuiker, all veterans of the long-running CSI franchise. Zuiker launched the original series, CSI: Las Vegas, in October of 2000, which finished its 14th season in 2013. Mendelsohn was co-creator and executive producer of both CSI: Miami and CSI: NY, which ended their runs in 2012 and 2013, respectively. In addition to CSI, Donahue has written and contributed to 21 Jump Street and Beverly Hills, 90210.
The latest entry in the series will, as always, be executive produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, under his Jerry Bruckheimer Television production company, and Jonathan Littman, as well as the introduction of Mary Aiken, whom apparently inspired the series concept with her work as a cyber psychologist.