CBS is going back to the still-viable CSI well, ordering a planted spin-off focusing on cyber crime.
The potential series will center on Avery Ryan, Special Agent in Charge at the Cyber Crime Division of the FBI in Quantico, VA. Ryan is tasked with solving high-octane crimes that start in the mind, live on-line, and play out into the real world.
The character, inspired by real-life Cyber Psychologist Mary Aiken (who serves as a producer), will be introduced in an episode of CSI: Original Flavor to air later this season.
Franchise creator Anthony E. Zuiker will co-write the script with longtime CSI EPs Carol Mendelsohn and Ann Donahue.
Although previous offshoots CSI: Miami and CSI: NY are no longer with us, the mothership series — now in its 14th season — continues to thrive for CBS, regularly winning its Wednesday-at-10 timeslot. Its most recent episode on Feb. 5 drew 11 million viewers – its second largest audience of the season.