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'CSI' spinoff signs Patricia Arquette to star as special agent in charge

The new "CSI" spinoff show about cyber crimes has found its lead. Much like the original "CSI" television show, The Hollywood Reporter announced on March 5 that the new show will cast a popular star to take the lead in Patricia Arquette.

CSI sequel casts Patricia Arquette
Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images
CSI spinoff casts Patricia Arquette
Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images

The original "CSI" stars Ted Danson and Elisabeth Shue, two major stars that allowed the series to let its original popular characters to leave while remaining one of the most popular shows on television. The original spinoffs, "CSI: New York" and CSI: Miami" were different enough to end up successful as well, both both have recently been cancelled.

That left the original "CSI" as the last show standing. However, the producers behind the franchise hope that the new "CSI" spinoff will be different enough to give the franchise new life. This new series will bust cyber crimes where faceless criminals commit crimes from behind a keyboard instead of the more personal murders that the original "CSI" specializes at.

This spinoff joins the new "NCIS" spinoff that is starting production, "NCIS: New Orleans." What "NCIS" accomplished with "NCIS: Los Angeles" is to create a show in the same world that seemed completely different from the original, making both extremely popular.

The "CSI" spinoff hopes to match that popularity and began with the casting of Patricia Arquette, who was extremely popular on her own television show "Medium," where she earned three Golden Globe nominations as well as an Emmy win.

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