After 15 seasons and more than 330 episodes, CSI will come to an end this year with a special 2-hour TV movie finale. CBS decided not to order a sixteenth season of the long-running crime drama following a steady decline in ratings over the last couple of years. Original stars William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger will reprise the respective roles in the feature-length series finale. Plot details are being kept strictly under wraps for now, but long-term fans of the show can expect plenty of surprises and a suitable farewell.

CSI debuted back in 2000 and was an instant phenomenon with audiences all over the world tuning in. The Las Vegas-set series was so popular that it has spawned three hit spin-off, CSI: NY and Miami are no longer on the air with newbie CSI: Cyber recently getting a second season order. 15 years on the air is a milestone that any show should celebrate, I can’t confess to being amongst the biggest of fans of CSI having bailed on the sometime during the sixth season. Like all TV shows, the longer it's on, the more expensive it is to produce, and CSI just wasn’t getting the ratings like it used to. However, unlike many other cancelled TV shows at least CSI is getting the chance to wrap things up. 

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One CSI cast member who still has a job is Ted Danson; he joined CSI in 2011 as new team leader D.B Russell to replace Laurence Fishburne’s Dr. Raymond Langston. Danson will continue playing Russell as a regular on CSI: Cyber alongside Patricia Arquette and James Van Der Beek. There will be a number of creative changes on the second season of Cyber, one of those changes will be Peter MacNicol’s departure from the series. The former Alley McBeal actor starred as Assistant Director Sifter in the first season, a role that according to Deadline is no longer required. 

CBS have confirmed that the last ever CSI will be broadcast in the US on September 27th.

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