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CBS Cancels CSI, Scheduling 2-Hour Finale for September

After 15 seasons on the air, CBS’s long-running crime drama is coming to an end.

CBS officially confirmed on Wednesday morning that CSI: Crime Scene Investigation will be ending its run with a 2-hour finale on September 27th. The finale will feature the return of two of the show’s former stars, William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger, who has tweeted her excitement.

The show, which began in 2000, quickly became a major hit for CBS. It sparked 3 spinoff series, including CSI: Miami, CSI: New York, and most recently, CSI: Cyber. While both CSI: Miami and CSI: New York came and went, the mothership series held strong for 15 seasons. After struggling in the ratings in its most recent season, however, it became clear to CBS that both the original series and CSI: Cyber could not both remain on the lineup. The decision was made to axe the original.

CSI: Cyber, which was introduced in CSI in a backdoor pilot last season, has been renewed for a second season, which will air in the fall. Current CSI star Ted Danson is slated to join the spinoff’s cast.

CSI: Cyber will find itself in the schedule alongside CBS’s four new shows, Supergirl, Life in Pieces, Limitless, and Code Black.

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