CSI: Miami is hitting the swampy marshes of Florida no more, having been cancelled by CBS today.
The David Caruso dramatic series was the first spinoff from the hit series, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, that originally starred William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger. That show has been renewed for a 13th season with Ted Danson now in the center seat, but for Caruso and the show's ensemble, it's ten and done, which is very respectable for any network show in this era.
For Caruso, CSI: Miami was redemption. After making a huge splash on NYPD Blue, Caruso baled from the drama in a much speculated on move. His first attempt to make a comeback was the series Michael Hayes for the 1997-1998 season, but it never gained steam. However, as Horatio Caine, Caruso excelled, reclaiming his star status and the respect of Hollywood.
Along with Caruso, Emily Procter and Adam Rodriguez were both there for the entire run. Others have come and gone, including a brief season with Kim Delaney and the last 7 seasons with Eva LaRue, both of whom used to star on the ABC soap opera, All My Children.
Originally, Melina Kanakaredes was Sinese's right hand gal, but Sela Ward took on that part two seasons ago. Several of the original cast still remain, along with Sinese.
In a statement, CBS stated in part, "CSI: Miami leaves an amazing television legacy -- a signature look and style, global popularity and as a key player in CBS’s rise in the top over the past decade."
While it's the end for the first CSI spinoff, the second remains on the schedule. Starring Gary Sinese, CSI: New York is a go for season 9, due in part to the fact that it hung tight in the ratings against stiff competition on Friday nights and that it cost less to produce than its Miami counterpart.