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CSI: Final Investigation
After 15 years and countless cases, CSI closes the lab for good with a two-hour send-off
by Michael Logan
The most popular, groundbreaking and influential whodunit in TV history has to go out with a bang, right? CSI: Crime Scene Investigation ends its 15-season run with “Immortality,” a two-hour episode about an explosive attack on the Eclipse, the posh Las Vegas casino co-owned by former CSI Catherine Willows (Marg Helgenberger). This news-making calamity has Catherine, now working for the FBI in Los Angeles, returning to Sin City to lead the forensics investigation. She’ll be joined by her old boss, Gil Grissom (William Petersen), who is back to help with the case because he, too, has a personal connection: One of the prime suspects is his former dominatrix love, Lady Heather (Melinda Clarke).
“It’s a privilege to be able to bring real closure to this show — something that rarely happens when a program gets cancelled,” says creator Anthony Zuiker, who was making eight bucks an hour as a Vegas tram driver when he sold his CSI pilot to CBS. “Our finale is scary and thrilling and entertaining as hell, but it’s also a chance to thank the fans for their undying devotion,” Zuiker says. “We want them to feel good about what happens to this family of CSI characters when the show is over. To do that, we’ve pulled out all the stops…”
This last hurrah certainly had Helgenberger in a state. The Emmy-winning actress, who exited CSI in 2012, read the finale script while flying cross-country. “When I got to the last page and saw the words ‘End of series,’ I burst into tears,” she says. “The flight attendant was very concerned about me. I never would have anticipated such a reaction, but, obviously, this show means a great deal to me. I just had to come back and see it through to the end.”
You can read more HERE. This issue of TV Guide is also on newsstands now so be sure to pick up a copy for your CSI memorabilia collection. Also, a huge thanks to the fabulous Jorja Fox: Online (JFO) for the assistance in locating this issue. Much appreciated!
Credit: TV Guide
Here’s a short video of Marg answering questions for People Magazine. She talks about what she learned from CSI, lines of dialogue that she remembers from past roles, her worst job ever, and she even sings her favorite song from The Who. It’s a really cute interview so be sure to check it out. Thanks to Lee for the head’s up!
Marg appeared on ABC’s ‘Live with Kelly and Michael’ today. Looking beautiful as always, Marg chatted with Kelly and Michael about Under the Dome, the CSI series finale, being a Carolina Panthers fan, and much more. The video embedded here is a clip of the complete episode – for those who just want to watch Marg’s interview, it begins at the 17:35 mark. Enjoy!
Edited to add another clip someone posted that is just Marg’s interview:
All of the Marg news from today wasn’t “Under the Dome” related. “Entertainment Tonight” interviewed Marg during Monday’s CBS Summer Soiree press event to get the scoop on what fans can expect from the “CSI” series finale in September – and to reflect on the breakthrough series.
Here are some highlights of Marg’s comments from the interview:
“’CSI’ was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had career-wise. Talk about a phenomenon. Besides its success and it being an innovative show in its day, it was an incredible group of people.”
“The show was so unique when it came out and it spawned all the spinoffs and other [similar] series. I just thought, ‘Why not come back and experience that one last time?’ One more for the road with this group of people.”
“I’m eager to see what this script will be because Billy [William] Petersen is apparently working with Anthony Zuiker, who created the show, on the story. Billy’s got great taste and he’s a smart guy. I’m happy to get in the ring with him because it’s been a long time.”