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‘CSI: Vegas’: Cast, release date and everything else we know about the CBS reboot

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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation premiered on CBS in October of 2000, launching what would become one of CBS’ most popular shows. Spinoffs in the form of CSI: Miami, CSI: NY, CSI: Cyber and even a CSI TV movie followed, but all of which were wrapped up by 2016. Now, the CSI franchise has returned to CBS in the city where it all started, CSI: Vegas.

The first season of CSI: Vegas debuted in October 2021 with 10 episodes, while a second season was ordered in December after the first season wrapped up. Here is everything you need to know about CSI: Vegas season 1.

Who is in the ‘CSI: Vegas’ cast?

CSI has had some big names headline its different series, including Laurence Fishburne and Ted Danson in the original CSI, David Caruso in CSI: Miami, Gary Sinise in CSI: NY and Patricia Arquette in CSI: Cyber. The big names set for CSI: Vegas are actually familiar faces to long-time CSI fans.

William Petersen and Jorja Fox are set to reprise their roles as Gil Grissom and Sara Sidle, respectively. They are joined by newcomers Paula Newsome, playing the new lead investigator Maxine Roby, alongside Matt Lauria, Mel Rodriguez and Mandeep Dhillon on the CSI team.

Wallace Langham, another CSI veteran, is also returning for CSI: Vegas in his role of David Hodges.

UPDATE 1/25/21: It has been announced that Jorja Fox will not be returning in her role as Sara Slide for CSI: Vegas season 2. The actress announced the news via her Twitter account.

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What is the ‘CSI: Vegas’ premise?

Returning to the city that started the CSI franchise, CSI: Vegas takes place as new threats form in Las Vegas that could bring down the whole CSI crime lab. It will be up to Gil Grissom, Sara Sidle, and the new members of the CSI team to take their new enemies down.

The show features new types of criminal activity as well as the latest forensic techniques to solve their cases.

When does ‘CSI: Vegas’ air?

The first season of CSI: Vegas has wrapped up, but more is on the way. CBS has officially renewed the crime series for a second series, with it expected to return in the 2022-2023 broadcast season.

Airing on Wednesdays at 10 p.m., CSI: Vegas season 1 consisted of 10 episodes. It was not included in the renewal announcement if CSI: Vegas will keep its time slot or if additional episodes will be added to season 2. 

You can catch up with all of CSI: Vegas season 1 on Paramount Plus.

Is there a ‘CSI: Vegas’ trailer?

A new trailer for CSI: Vegas has been released, dubbed "Nightmare in Sin City." The trailer focuses on the idea that past evidence that CSI used to lock up criminals has been fabricated, with the team needing to prove that this is a setup of some kind. Give it a watch below.

CBS has also released a quick 20-second promo for the new series via Twitter:

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What to Watch will update this page with more information on CSI: Vegas as it becomes available. 

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Peaky Blinders, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live, Only Murders in the Building and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun.