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 Post subject: More 'in General'
PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2013 8:23 pm 
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good article on 300th episode, but it's more in general, and not really about PG or JB, so began a new topic in this forum on print media.
Look at the para in bold. I note that they are trying to get the show back to the beginning, and it makes me wonder if THIS is why Brass is getting back to his roots on the show. I would like to think they finally realized they have this wonderful talent on salary, and he is totally being underused, but have to doubt this. No one thinks anymore.
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Today's News: Our Take
CSI Bosses on 300 Episodes of Murder and the Legacy of Gil Grissom
Adam Bryant
Oct 23, 2013 03:48 PM ET
by Adam Bryant

http://www.tvguide.com/News/CSI-300th-E ... 72418.aspx

Wednesday's episode of CSI marks the CBS procedural's 300th episode, and no matter how you slice it, that's a lot of murder.

"We figure we've killed thousands of people," executive producer Carol Mendelsohn says with a laugh. "Which probably isn't something to be proud of, but... most shows never get to 300 episodes. Everybody's just so proud."

The CSI cast reflects on the show's finest hours

Indeed, reaching such a milestone is rare in today's increasingly fragmented television landscape. CSI's success is particularly remarkable when you consider that the show's Miami- and New York-based spin-offs have both come and gone while the original trucks on.

"When we first started to spin off Miami and then CSI: NY, I figured the last one standing would still be the mothership," Mendelsohn says. "It was just our instincts. It had nothing to do with talent, quality, storytelling. It's just that the original CSI so defined what a procedural was. It opened up all of us — writers, audience, everyone — to this world of forensics, which I'd never heard of before. For 14 seasons, the audience has been learning along with us... and I think that's probably why the fans have remained loyal to the original show."

Realizing the show would reach the milestone this season, executive producer Don McGill says they wanted this entire season in general, and the 300th episode in particular, to look back at the show's history. "When Carol and I talked about the season, [we thought,] 'Back to the beginning,'" McGill says. "And looking at episode 300, literally we do go back to the beginning. We reference a case that was the one that got away for our CSIs."

Marg Helgenberger returning to CSI for 300th episode

The case hits particularly close to home for Sara (Jorja Fox). "It was her first high-profile case when she came to Las Vegas," Fox tells us. "She's getting a second chance at something. She's been dealing with the family for all these years and not having the answers. There's a weight and a sadness that she carries. But by the end, I think she absolutely gets some closure. And she feels fairly anchored, as much as Sara can."

The case involves a reclusive casino mogul (guest star Jason Priestley) who is suspected in a crime eerily similar to the case from 14 years ago. As the CSIs dig for clues, the show uses what McGill calls "faux-backs" to tie the two cases together. In addition to seeing Sara and Greg (Eric Szmanda) in circa 2000 looks, the episode also welcomes back original cast member Marg Helgenberger as Catherine Willows.

"We created these little vignettes," McGill says. "It gave us a chance to have a window in the evolution of the characters. You could really see how far Sara has come, how far Greg has come, the influence of Catherine. It was a really fun opportunity to give a nod to how great the show is and how its longevity has really created this dynamic where we've seen the characters grow and evolve."

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The episode will feature lots of Easter eggs, including 14 different references to the number 300. But Mendelsohn says the episode also pays appropriate homage to the show's history. "Everybody's been asking, 'What are your favorite episodes? What moments do you remember the best on set?'" she says. "And because we want to hark back to those iconic moments of the past, we flash back to some of the golden oldie cases. We took a poll among all the writers: What are your favorite cases? And those are the cases we flash back to during the episode."

In particular, the show pays homage to the show's original protagonist and leader, William Petersen's Gil Grissom. Although Grissom has only appeared a handful of times since the character was written out in Season 9, his spirit seems to always loom over the action. Mendelsohn gives Petersen credit for much of the show's success.

"Billy said, 'I do not want Gil Grissom to always be right.' That became our mantra," Mendelsohn says. "It allowed us to create this incredible, iconic, forensic detective. Because of Billy's instructions, he was both a student of the world and a teacher of the world. He has had such longevity and such a continuing presence on the show [because] Grissom taught all of our CSIs. And he was the teacher of all of us.

"[He took] us into a world that none of us had any exposure to and then to make science entertaining and exciting," she continues. "Grissom held our hand and took us on that journey to the truth. So, we are reverential and referential to Grissom, but it's because Gil Grissom started us all on the path to forensics. He was a new kind of detective. And in a world that was often gray, Grissom always led us to the truth."

And will that legacy lead to another 300 episodes? "Greg says something to Sara at the end of 300," McGill says. "It's something to the effect of, 'We're only just getting started' I think Carol and I agree."


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Scratched my head trying to find the right place for this and decided this was it.

Did one of those Facebook quizzes today and got back a response that I am authentic. Couldn't stop laughing as all I could think of was the adorable Mr. Guilfoyle and his many uses of the word.

Oh man, how much we miss you Paul!


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Miss him. Miss him. Miss him.


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Yes I agree, cant wait for September 27, just to see him again


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A couple of links to articles, one about Colony, and one about Spotlight. Only brief mentions in each, but I am beginning to think I may watch some of Colony, or at least where PG is appearing!

These productions have some really good people in them, not just PG. I enjoy Kathy Baker, for instance.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/colony-ally-walker-recur-season-820083

and here:

http://variety.com/2015/film/reviews/spotlight-review-michael-keaton-tom-mccarthy-venice-film-festival-1201580933/
where PG is mentioned playing one of the great mass of good people who do not act when confronted with terrible events.
Thought that was an interesting view of the Msgr Conley. A good complex character PG will sew up nicely, I suspect.


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These productions have some really good people in them, not just PG. I enjoy Kathy Baker, for instance.
Colony

Interesting. Ally Walker was in "Hog Heaven" and played Rita, the woman Brass had a fling with.


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found this today. We may have a night of Brass coming up!

updated - September 10, 2015 Thursday EDT
‘CSI’ Finale Movie Is Near! Channel 5 To Have ‘CSI’ Night To Honor Series’ 15 Seasons!
Sep 09, 2015 08:56 PM EDT | By Pam AmantiadCBS' longest-running crime show is nearing its end. Before the "CSI" finale movie airs this Sept. 27, however, Channel 5 will reportedly be treating fans to a night of nostalgia for the procedural series.
According to Digital Spy, "CSI" Night will be a way for loyal followers of the series to look back at the best episodes of its 15-year run.

Channel 5 will reportedly be re-broadcasting the series' pilot episode which aired in 2000. Viewers can also vote for their favorite episode to be aired during "CSI" Night until Sept. 14.

vote here: http://www.channel5.com/shows/csi-crime-scene-investigation/articles/csi-vote-for-your-favourite-episode

Although no specific date has been set, the special run will reportedly "celebrate" the beloved crime series before the "CSI" finale movie titled "Immortality" airs later this month.
The send-off feature will be bringing in the original cast members William Petersen (Gil Grissom), Marg Helgenberger (Catherine Willows), Melinda Clarke ( Lady Heather) with the newer set of crime scene investigators, Ted Danson (D.B. Russell), Elisabeth Harnois (Morgan Brody) and Wallace Langham (David Hodges).
Paul Guilfoyle (Jim Brass), David Berman (David Phillips), Robert David Hall (Dr. Al Robbins), and Eric Szmanda (Greg Sanders) will also join the rest of the cast in the upcoming TV film.
"I'm so glad we were able to do this, to go and be with the crew and the cast again, to be able to say goodbye," Petersen reportedly told EW about reprising his iconic role. "It was really a big to-do for us."
"The fans will get to see the people they really grew up with with that series," Danson also shared to Zap2It. "It's really honoring of the cast members who were there from the very beginning. It's cool."
On the other hand, another long-time cast, George Eads, who played Nick Stokes, declined to come back for the "CSI" finale movie. Elizabeth Shue, who played Julie Finlay, won't be returning as well.

http://www.franchiseherald.com/articles/38097/20150909/csi-finale-movie.htm
Not too much extra news, but still, better, they say, than nothing.


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Yes that would be nice, don't think we will get to see that here in South Africa though.
I'm not to worried as I have all the episodes from the first to the last


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Yeah, unfortunately Channel 5 is in the UK so we here in the states won't get it either.


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A fun little page on EW. Paul's quote is the last one, which sort of fits, and sort of allows us an insight into the whole first season.
Some of the others quoted are pretty interesting, too.

http://www.ew.com/article/2015/09/14/csi-finale-william-petersen-original-cast-looks-back


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