Tuesday, May 15, 2012


HORATIO: Maybe...
(puts sunglasses on)
HORATIO: People got tired of my overacting.

Hurry Caine
CSI, the original Las Vegas-based forensics procedural show, is still on the air. It has had four of its major stars leave or be fired, including the main character played by William Petersen, but it is still around. CSI New York is still around but I'm not convinced for much longer. It isn't as good as it was the first few years, and I suspect Gary Sinise wouldn't mind moving back to films.

But CSI Miami is being canceled. That's interesting to me, since for a while it was the most popular of the three shows for some reason. Bill Carter writes at the New York Times:
CBS released a statement about the decision to end the Miami show:
“C.S.I.: Miami” leaves an amazing television legacy — a signature look and style, global popularity and as a key player in CBS’s rise to the top over the past decade. We thank all the producers — led by Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman and Ann Donahue — and its talented cast, led by David Caruso, for 10 outstanding seasons. Viewers around the world will continue to enjoy rebroadcasts of “C.S.I.: Miami” in syndication and on key digital platforms for many years to come.
“C.S.I.: Miami” was a top-rated show for most of its run and was one of the biggest sellers to international broadcasters around the world, generating hundreds of millions in revenue for CBS.
I've tried many times to watch this show, and every time I change channels. It bores me, which is odd given how desperately it tries to keep your attention. Like NCIS: Los Angeles, its so focused on being cool and stylish and exciting it just didn't have stories or characters you cared about. And while David Caruso really is a good actor, he created such a cartoon of a character in Horatio Caine (get it? Hurricane! How clever!) he was painful to watch.

It was just too over the top, every show was super tense and important with Caine saving the world over and over again. He wasn't a particularly capable scientist, he wasn't such a great detective beyond absurd, reaching conclusions, but he was the best shot on the planet, the most intimidating man on earth, the greatest hand to hand combatant ever, the luckiest, smartest, sexiest, best human being to tread a trembling, grateful earth.

It just didn't work. And despite that, it was top rated for years. And finally its being shut down, probably because they just couldn't keep it up. I have never been to a crime lab in any city, but I strongly doubt they have glass walls, a holographic projector to show bodily damage, DNA processing in a matter of minutes, and billions of dollars to budget on lab equipment, fresh new Humvees for the lab techs, and so on.

I also cannot imagine a single forensic lab that lets the scientists interrogate prisoners. Or even go on busts and capture them, for that matter. These shows have gotten so over the top unreasonable that its difficult to even watch them, despite how clever they often are. Maybe its time for them all to go. Certainly there's better TV out there - most of it on cable.

Also gone: Desperate Housewives, Pan Am, House, Men of a Certain Age, and Good Christian Bitches (renamed GCB). How sad.

1 comment:

Everyman said...

House is going - not so gently - into its good night. I will miss him - them - after having been a fan from the beginning, but the strain of staying original is obviously great and, in the end, unsustainable, and when they gotta go, they gotta go.