November 17, 2005
What's Next? CSI: Las Cruces
If you look at the previous post on last week's Nielsen Ratings, you'll notice that CSI and all of it's offshoots are taking over the world. CSI, CSI: Miami, and CSI: NY all ranked in the top 10.
What I wonder is how long till the show dilutes itself like Law and Order has with all of it's offshoots? I'm a much bigger fan of Law and Order than CSI, so it amazes me why CSI is always on top. If you're a CSI fan, leave us a comment and let me know what I seem to be missing.
And for all of you "Wings" fans, the Las Cruces reference in the title is to remind you of "Das Plane", the funniest Wings episode ever with the line "Maybe it WAS Las Cruces!" Go ahead and chuckle, you know you want to. We won't look!
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Posted by William Hungerford at November 17, 2005 2:47 PM
Regularly watch "NCIS" [despite sometimes inconsistent story lines and far too many lingering glances between regulars] and [not so regularly] "CSI Miami": Caruso's character is over the top -- but it's surprisingly like a new-age version of the always moralizing Sgt. Joe Friday of "Dragnet" fame. I find all the "L&O" series and "Without a Trace" unwatchable -- kept choking on the left-wing political turds.
I like CSI las vegas and original LO: only with briscoe and logan. when they got to angie harmon the show blew
Actually, I was ranting about crosius not you. He did not answer your question either.
Personally, I think it is the background music.
I only starting watching plain vinilla CSI last year. Caught up with the old episodes on Spike over the summer. I don't really watch the other flavors of CSI, even if I think Gary Sinise is a good guy. Don't watch NCIS.
Watched the original Hill Street Blues back in the day. Not much for cop shows. Too political. Too much audience manipulation. Too much yelling, anger.
CSI is abstract. Just follow the evidence. No gritty realism. No old white guy's ass I got to watch. (NYPD Blue) It is not about why, just how. How is not PC. It is not about guilt or innocent, right, or wrong. It is just about what happened.
Puns, too. Bad Puns.
I wonder what the ratings were back when it started. Growing? Maintaining?
What ABC had 12+ hours of Law&Order (including repeats) to plug holes for cancelled shows one week? That is overexposure.
Note the serial killer spin off done by Josh Berman in pretty much a CSI style, Killer Instinct, is tanking in the ratings. Wrong audience on Friday. Wrong network. Fri Fox new show death slot.
No, I still think the question is still "why are people watching CSI?"
I've got no problem with people watching what they enjoy, but for me, CBS crime shows seem to spoon feed us a story. Especially a show like NCIS. The script seems designed to make you not have to think. That being said, I like to watch it because it's fun.
With all of the stuff going on in the world, maybe it's easier to have to think less during our shows? There's nothing wrong with that is there?
So if you enjoy CSI, by all means watch it but I'm still interested in what you like about the show. There's definitely some type of draw if it keeps ending up in the top 10 each week.
Ooooooooooo. Look at all the bitter L&O people. Crying because they got beat by the big bad CSI.
Get over it.
You like a show. Watch it. You don't like a show. Don't watch it. You know that whole America thing.
What you think some lame half assed analysis of CSI is going to convince anyone not to watch it? Please. You must have a pretty pathetic insecure life when a show you like has been on for 16 years, and all you get think about is how to mock another show.
Look at the lastest Nielsen's on Yahoo for Nov 14-20, all three versions of CSI are in the top 20. Only L&O SVU is on the list. Barely beating the weakest CSI by only 0.3 points. This when there is no more NYPD Blue, so L&O are the only cop shows. Heck look at the daily ratings on zap2it, L&O barely beats 20/20! 20/20!
The real question is not why people are watching CSI, it is why is anyone watching a old lame horse like L&O?
I also prefer L&O - but I only watch the original and Criminal Intent.
I think the advantage of CSI, if you can call it that, is that you don't have to pay attention to an episode to follow along.
If you subtract all of the techno-porn lab scenes, ie.
"waiting for the test to finish"
"Castmember handling a squicky, gross object/substance."
You can watch an episode of CSI in less than 15 minutes.
Since the above scenes are usually innaccurate fabrications on every CSI:spin-off, and are only non-dramatized exposition even on CSI:Original, you're not missing anything by skipping them.
If you also delete the "unconvincing interpersonal banter." I think you can get the length down to less than 5 minutes.