Paula Newsome, Matt Lauria and Mel Rodriguez join CBS sequel – Deadline

Paula Newsome, Matt Lauria and Mel Rodriguez were chosen as Leaders in CSI: Vegas, approaching a formal order direct to the series at CBS, I learned.

I hear William Petersen and Jorja Fox are finalizing their deals to play in CSI: Vegas, which immediately serves as the mother ship CSI series, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, reprising their roles as Gil Grissom and Sara Sidle, respectively. Although it is presented as a series of events, I mean CSI: Vegas, by writer Jason Tracey (Elementary), CBS Studios and Jerry Bruckheimer TV, could become an ongoing series for several seasons.

With CSI: Vegas, the most watched drama series of the 21st century, CSI, opens a new chapter in Las Vegas, the city where it all began. Faced with an existential threat that could bring down the Crime Lab, a brilliant team of forensic investigators must once again welcome old friends and deploy new techniques to preserve and bring justice to Sin City.

No details of Newsome’s characters Lauria and Rodriguez have been revealed.

I hear Newsome will play Maxine, the new head of the Vegas Crime Lab. A former basketball coach, she is a top scientist and a leader in the field of genetics. Recently divorced, she is struggling with her son’s opioid addiction.

Lauria is believed to play Josh, a Level III CSI who is usually the Senior Case Investigator and has a knack for reconstructing crime scenes. Vegas born and raised, he comes from a family of petty crooks and con artists.

He played a different character, Agent Matthew Pratt, in a three-episode arc on the Mothership CSI series.

Rodriguez would play the role of Hugo who took over as chief medical examiner three years ago. He has an endless fascination with the bodies that find their way on his slab, and the morgue is his place of happiness. Rodrigues has already played in an episode of CSI: NY (character name: Al McGrath).

As Deadline revealed last February, when the potential CSI The follow-up was in the early stages of making and developing the deals, the original idea was for the event series to debut in October 2020, marking the 20th anniversary of the mother ship series premiere. This plan was thwarted by the shutdown of production linked to the coronavirus pandemic.

Tracey Executive product CSI: Vegas with Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman and KristieAnne Reed of JBTV as well as CSI creator Anthony E. Zuiker and CSI: Cyber former Craig O’Neill. Peterson and his longtime production partner Cynthia Chvatal, who produced the original series, are expected to return as executive producers on CSI: Vegas.

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation followed a team of crime scene investigators for the Las Vegas Police Department as they used physical evidence to solve murders. The original cast included Petersen, Marg Helgenberger (who is currently a series regular on another CBS series, All stand up), Fox, George Eads, Gary Dourdan and Paul Guilfoyle. Petersen was replaced by Laurence Fishburne as CSI ‘leading man. He was in turn followed by Ted Danson. Petersen on the left CSI in Season 9. Fox left as a Series Regular in Season 8. She remained a recurring guest for the next four seasons, joining the cast as a Series Regular at the start of Season 12.

Created by Zuiker, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation retired in 2015 after 15 seasons, having launched a $ 1 billion franchise for CBS covering four series; CSI and fallout CSI: Miami, CSI: New York and CSI: Cyber.

Newsome recently returned against Henry Winkler and Bill Hader in the first season of Hader’s HBO comedy series Barry and on the NBC drama Chicago Med. She is replaced by BRS / Gage Talent Agency and lawyer Darrell Miller.

Lauria shot director Michael Morris’ feature film To Leslie and can be seen in front of the Juno Temple in the original Sky TV series Small birds. Kingdom the former Lauria was recently spotted starring in CBS All Access Season 2 ‘ Tell me a story and in Channel 4 Traitors. Additionally, Lauria played Hailey Steinfeld’s love interest in the first season of Apple TV + Dickenson. He is replaced by Principal Entertainment LA, WME and Ziffren Brittenham.

Rodriguez was most recently a series regular on the Showtime series Become a God in Central Florida opposite Kirsten Dunst. He was also seen opposite Anne Hathaway in Dee Rees’ The last thing he wanted for Netflix. Additionally, Rodriguez recently voiced Officer Colt Bronco in the Disney-Pixar animated feature. Forward. He is replaced by UTA and Abrams Entertainment.

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